Mayo Clinic Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

The Mayo Clinic Diet continues to cause considerable confusion.

This is not an “official” Mayo Clinic Diet. The Mayo Clinic health center (based in Rochester, USA) categorically states that it had never endorsed any diet plan until December 2005, when it was announced that the official Mayo Clinic Plan was available via the Internet.

The clinic does however provide a number of guidelines for healthy eating – including the new Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid (aka Mayo Clinic Food Pyramid).

What is the unofficial “Mayo Clinic Diet”?


What was supposedly the Mayo Clinic Diet is a fad or crash diet. It is based around grapefruit, lots of salad and protein, and little carbohydrates. Weight loss was supposed to be in the region of 50-55 pounds in 10 weeks.

Mayo Clinic Diet – Meal Plan

This is a copy of the fad diet – and it IS NOT RECOMMENDED. Representives from the Mayo Clinic have disavowed this diet. From the Medical Edge Newsletter July 2005:

“Versions of a Mayo Clinic Diet have been circulating for decades. Most push grapefruit, eggs, cabbage soup or meat and promise dramatic weight loss. None of these diets is associated with or has been endorsed by Mayo Clinic.”

12 days on – 2 days off

Breakfast
1/2 Grapefruit or 4 oz. Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
2 Eggs (any style)
2 Slices Bacon
Lunch
1/2 Grapefruit or 4 oz. Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
Meat (any style, any amount)
Salad (any kind of dressing)
Dinner
1/2 Grapefruit or 4 oz. Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened)
Meat (any style, any amount) (fish may be substituted for meat)
Vegetables (any green, yellow, or red vegetables cooked in butter or any seasoning)
Bed Time Snack
1 glass tomato juice or 1 glass Skim milk

Vegetables Allowed
Red onions, green onions, bell peppers, radishes, cucumbers, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, peas.

Vegetables to Avoid
White onions, potatoes, celery.

Find other high protein meal ideas here.

Instructions

  1. At any meal you may eat until you are full – until you can’t eat any more.
  2. Don’t eliminate anything from the diet, especially don’t skip bacon at breakfast or omit salads. It is the combination of foods that burn fat.
  3. The grapefruit is important because it acts as a catalyst that starts the burning process.
  4. Cut down on caffeine – it affects the insulin balance that hinders the burning process. Try to limit to 1 cup per meal at mealtime.
  5. Don’t eat between meals. If you eat the combination of food suggested you will not be hungry.
  6. Note that the diet completely eliminates sugar and starches, which are lipids and form fat. Fat doesn’t form fat; it helps burn it. You can fry food in butter and use butter generously on vegetables.
  7. Do not eat desserts, bread, and white vegetables or sweet potatoes. You may double or triple helpings of meat, salad, or vegetables. Eat until you are stuffed. The more you eat of the proper combination of food, the more you lose.

See Also

The Mayo Client has just released their Official  Diet developed by their own staff.
The Mayo Clinic Plan

MayoClinic.com – Health information from the Official Mayo Clinic.
MayoClinic.org – Official site of the actual Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minneapolis, USA.
Fad Diets – Article about Fad or Crash Diets.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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  • Zach

    I just started today (10/27). Can we have all the bacon and eggs we want in the mornings?

  • Thee

    Today’s date: 10/27/08 I have been on this diet plan for two months. My weight is 185. I have only lost 20 pds since I started. This past month has been tough. I have not follow the diet plan like I should. But starting today I am back on it and will try my best to stick to it. I’ll check back in one month. Good luck to all of you.

  • ANNJENNETTE

    FINISH MY FIRST 12 DAYS AND I LOST 11-12LBS SO I AM VERY HAPPY, BUT NOT AS HAPPY TO BE ON MY FREE DAY LOL! I AM GONNA TRY AND BEHAVE I REALLY DONT HAVE A CRAVING ITS JUST THE THOUGHT OF FOOD!

  • Ayisha

    just a word of advice to you all, Pls dont eat chesse… I had cheese in my salad and i went back to my normal weight plus added 1 kg :( OUCH. But its all good cos i am gonna work harder, i wont give up xxx

  • HAROLD

    TO:( BRANDY & TATUM ) if you keep a note book on your meals and time & date,this will help,it does me. even on day’s off.make note of everything. read my comment’s from couple back. just hang in there i know you both can do this. at first i didn’t think i was ever goin to make it. got 6 more day’s i’ll let you know wat’s happen. this is my 3rd go around. GOOD LUCK (HAROLD)

  • ANNJENNETTE

    DOWN 10 POUNDS! ONE DAY TO GO AND THEN MY FREE DAYS. I MADE IT!!!

  • Darlene

    I plan to start the diet real soon. Each of your comments motivate me to want to really try to stick with the diet. I hope that it works for me too.

  • deshaun

    what about wings? I love garlic and butter but didnt know if we can eat them with ranch dressing?

  • ZoopDog

    I started the plan 10-20-08 feeling good so far have read all the comments.Just checking in will report back in 3 days.Good luck everyone.

  • Ayisha

    OMG i weighed in again today 23/10 and i have lost a further 1kg…….. this diet truly works !

  • JoAnna

    I started yesterday 10/20/08. I’m in my mid 50’s and want to loose the 20+ lbs I put on with giving up smoking 3 yrs ago and going through menopause. Start weight 158 lbs, goal 140 lbs – by Christmas.

  • Brandy & Tatum

    I am starting this diet today with my 10yr old daughter. I weigh 270lbs and she weighs 215lbs. We believe this is the jump start we both need to get down to a weight we feel comfortable exercising at. Good luck to everyone and thanks for posting, it made me want to try!

    Harold- I can’t wait to hear how you keep doing! Great job so far!!!

  • Ayisha

    i weighed in this morning and i dropped 1.3kg in less than 3 days. wow ! i am so excited ! yay…. cant wait to finish the 12 days, i will keep you guys updated

  • Ayisha

    I started this diet yesterday 19/10, i need to loose abt 12 pounds. and i hope this diet helps, i will also combine the diet with daily workouts. will let you all know how i go, wish me luck :) xoxox

  • Lili

    I started this diet few years back and it worked. I lost over 20 in a month. I know this is a fad diet, but it really does work, and it helped me regain my strength to be active again.

  • Marie

    I am soooooooooooo tired of being over weight!!! 5’7″ and 263#. A friend at work gave me a copy of the plan and hae been reading this page. I can wait to get started in the morning!!!!!!! My hubby is going to wait till after the first month to try but is very supportive of me he only need to loose like 25 when I need to loose like 125 that would be good I think for me. Will be checking in soon!

  • HAROLD

    HEY,i’am fixin to start my 3rd round of my 12 days, lost 21lbs. in the 24 days on this diet.IF we want to lose weight we can do this,stay with it don’t give up it’s the hardest 1st round.GOOD luck to you all.WILL be back in 12 days.

  • ANNJENNETTE

    THIS IS DAY 6 AND SO FAR I LOST 5 LBS. SIX DAYS TO GO FOR THE 1ST CYCLE. I AM VERY PLEASED!

  • Georgia Peach

    It works!!! I have found that within the first week if you add a little exercise with it you can lose the first 10lbs within 5 days! I mostly walk 2-3 miles aday…. and also it’s very easy to do.

  • nes

    Hi! i have read everyones comments and i am really excited about starting this diet i just had a baby a month ago and i want to lose 50-60lbs im starting on Monday October 20 20008 WISH ME LUCK WILL KEEP U GUYS POSTED!!!

  • ANNJENNETTE

    THIS IS DAY 3 AND I AM STILL AT IT. SO FAR SO GOOD. I HAVE A FRIEND AT WORK AND MY DAUGHTER AT HOME KEEPING ME LEGAL AND ITS STILL HARD. I AM NOT REALLY A CANDY PERSON BUT I FIND MYSELF WANTING THINGS I DONT EVEN EAT USUALLY. I AM TAKING IT 1 DAY AT A TIME. I BROUGHT SOME GRAPEFRUITS TRYING TO GET A VARIETY. LETHAL WEAPON THANKS FOR THE IDEA( HOT WINGS) MAYBE I CAN DO THIS!

  • Lethal Weapon

    Hi all. Tamilla, you will also lose inches so check with your tight clothes(try these on to see the difference). If you are following the diet you will lose. I am down 18 lbs in 6 wks(approximately 3 lbs a week). I started eating 8 slices of bacon and as many eggs so that I wasn’t hungry and didn’t get a headache but backed down to the 2 slices and 2 eggs as my hunger got under control. I also eat cheese occasionally, esp. if it comes on my salad at a resturant(after all I can’t have the bread). I set my days off on my work nights(yes, I work 12 hr nights) and on my days off I “cheat” on my diet days with no bean, chili for dinner or TGIFs Hot Wings. I have this with the grapefruit juice and it keeps me honest and true to the diet the rest of the time.

  • ANNJENNETTE

    I started the diet yesterday. I read all of the replies and I am ready for a change. I will need encouragement, so thanks to all the supporters. I want to lose weight so I can exercise comfortable. I am considerablly over weight and I’ve tried all types of diets. Here I go!

  • char

    Hi guys, I just started the diet today 10/14 since I’m use to having waffles and sausage for breakfast i’m not so full. I really want this to work and I also know that this is a fad diet but you have to start somewhere. Keep me in your prayers.

  • sotiredofdieting

    i am on my 2nd cycle of the 12 days. i had lost 7lbs by the 11th day and then on my final day had gained 2lbs. i got so mad, but i went on my two days off didn’t even each much because i didn’t have much of a appetite and didn’t crave any sweets. now today is my first day back on and im scared to get on the scale im gonna wait about 3 days to let the diet kick back in hopefully i lost the extra 2lbs plus some more. anyone else experience a weight gain???

  • Jacey

    10/13/08 I have been on this diet since 10/11/08. The first day was the worst but has gotten easier as time gone by. Miss my Cherry Coke but oh well getting better about that. My husband is doing this with me. Will be interesting to see how we do.

  • tamilla

    today is my 7th day an my weight is at a stand still? for the past 2days i havent lost or gained anything? im following diet to the T…so far ive lost 14lbs. but maybe im doin sumthing wrong? i have soooooo much more to lose. any suggestions?

  • Almost There

    10/9/2008 I’ve been on this diet for the past 2 1/2 weeks, I have lost a total of 15 pounds, the only difference is that I eat what ever I want on Sundays, I started it agian on 10/6/ and I have decided that Im going to do it for the whole 12 days. I need 15 more pounds to go.WOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kris

    hi hardtolose,
    i’ve stuck to the diet for 11 days and am down 11 pounds. i’ve worked out 8 times for ~1 hour each time (some days cardio, others cardio and weights, pilates) in those 11 days. I feel great. and i know you’re not supposed to, but i still have wine some nights, but do not give into temptation to snack or eat any carbs while doing so. first cheating weekend coming up, can’t wait!

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