Beverly Hills Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

new-beverly-hills-dietBeverly Hills Diet has been revamped since the original was published in 1981 and is regarded by many as being the first fad diet.

After losing 72 pounds on the original Beverly Hills Diet, the author Judy Mazel maintained her weight loss. Mazel died at the age of 63 from complications related to peripheral vascular disease.

The original diet commenced with a 42-day initiation phase, which was based largely on fruit. The New Beverly Hills diet is less extreme and Mazel stated that it now meets the recommended standards for a nutritionally balanced diet.

Dieters are told that they can expect a weight loss of 10-15 pounds in the initial 35 days of the program.

The New Beverly Hills Diet Basics

Food Combining

As with the original diet, the New Beverly Hills Diet is based on the concept of ‘conscious food combining’ . Mazel states that it is not what or how much you eat that causes weight gain but rather when and in what combinations the food is eaten. She claims that poor combinations lead to inefficient digestion that triggers weight gain.

The main rules for food combining according to this plan: 

  1. Proteins can be combined with fats
  2. Carbohydrates can be eaten with fats
  3. Fruit must be eaten alone 
  4. Champagne goes with everything

Daily Beverly Hills Diet Meals

Breakfast each day consists of fruit, which may be eaten, in unlimited amounts. However, only one fruit is to be eaten at a time. Dieters must wait one hour before switching from one fruit to another and two hours before eating any other types of foods. There are many days in the 35-day initiation plan where fruit is the only food consumed all day.

Once a meal based on carbohydrates, fats or protein is consumed dieters are not permitted to eat fruit for the remainder of the day. If the next meal is based on carbohydrates dieters may continue to eat carbohydrates without restriction until protein is consumed. As soon as any protein is eaten all the remaining meals must consist of at least 80% protein.

Dieters are permitted one free meal per day where they can combine carbs and protein however following this all meals eaten must follow the rule of containing at least 80% protein.

Recommended Foods

Fruits form the basis of this plan. Papaya is said to soften fat in the body, pineapple burns off the fat and watermelon flushes it out of the body.

Sample Day’s Meal Plan


Dried Apricots


Sandwich with avocado, tomato, lettuce and sprouts


Three veggies with rice

Look for more low Calorie recipes here.

Exercise Not Required

Exercise is not a requirement however Mazel does acknowledge its importance for cardiovascular health and emotional balance.

Costs and Expenses

The New Beverly Hills Diet retails at $14.95.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price.


  • Promotes the intake of fruit and vegetables.
  • Good for people who like eating fruit.
  • Food preparation is simple.
  • Includes a 35-day meal plan with recipes.
  • No need for portion control or calorie counting.
  • No foods are forbidden.
  • Author is very positive and motivational.


  • The plan involves many days where dieters eat fruit only.
  • Some of the suggested tropical fruits may be difficult to find in some areas.
  • Initiation phase is very low in calories, deficient in many nutrients as well as being extremely deficient in protein, essential fats and minerals.
  • Includes many rules, which require dieters to keep track of foods eaten and which may be confusing.
  • Based on food combining which has not been proven to affect weight loss.
  • Does not teach dieters how to eat balanced meals for long-term weight loss.
  • Not based on established scientific principles.
  • Does not encourage exercise.

Low Calories NOT Food Combining

The reason people lose weight on this diet is probably due to restricting calories rather than the fat burning qualities that are attributed to specific fruits or the effects of food combining.

The new diet is slightly more balanced than the original Beverly Hills diet as it includes animal protein whereas the original plan was based on fruit only for the first ten days.

However, The Beverly Hills Diet is still is a low calorie diet that is also very low in protein, which will increase the risk of dieters losing muscle mass. The result of this will be a reduced metabolism that will make it highly likely that dieters will regain the weight when they resume normal eating.


  • Mirkin, G. B., & Shore, R. N. (1981). The Beverly Hills diet: Dangers of the newest weight loss fad. JAMA, 246(19), 2235-2237. link
  • Golay, A., Allaz, A. F., Ybarra, J., Bianchi, P., Saraiva, S., Mensi, N., … & de Tonnac, N. (2000). Similar weight loss with low-energy food combining or balanced diets. International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders: journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, 24(4), 492-496. link
  • Wadden, T. A., & Stunkard, A. J. (1986). Controlled trial of very low calorie diet, behavior therapy, and their combination in the treatment of obesity. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 54(4), 482. link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: December 11, 2014. Disclaimer


  1. Lorna

    The diet is only for initial weight loss, and anyone who needs to lose the weight will be fine for 3-5 weeks. The major good part is the maintenance diet part, the for life part. I have been on it for 26 years and, at 65, can keep up with those 20 and 30 years younger than me. Added bonuses are great finger nails and hair. Focusing on the initial diet only is silly.

  2. Suri

    Hi, i had the new version of this diet, the new bh diet, but i want to do the original version, however, it hasnt been solf for months.
    i hopefully wish to receive from anyone the original version. thanks a lot.
    email me thanksssss

  3. paola

    The best diet I ever did. and the only one that worked for me. after the first week I become full of energy and looked fantastic! kept the almost 35 pound I lost, off till my second child 🙂

  4. Malikah

    its a very effective diet i tryed it myself, i lost 20kg/ month with sport, most of them in beging but u will diffnetly reach ur goal at the end.
    the only thing that i didn’t like it or i found it diffecult for me, is that swiching from food to fruit, but the result alwayes gave me the curage to keep on.

  5. James

    Excellent diet—only thing that works for me! I feel great. When I get away from it and have too much funn eating!!! I go back on it for a FEW DAYS. Usually I can lose about 10 lbs in a week. People who criticize this diet—do not know what they are talking about! Hmm eating fruit…yeah thats really badd for you! Give me a break! I’m on it right now—dropped about 3 lbs yesterday.

  6. nas

    Hi,i’m from South Africa,and trying to get hold of the eating plan desperately..Can anyone please e-mail it to me…please:)

  7. Heaven Majesta

    oh.. and by the way, I didnt even follow the diet plan. I ate whichever fruit I craved everyday and when with what I had. After reading the book in full you should get it and once you understand it is really easy to make your own plan. If you are curious order the original book, read it and try the diet wholeheartedly. Remember, McDonalds is not closing down tomorrow!!!

  8. Heaven Majesta

    This diet is not a mythical thing. It is a methodically developed plan that will help you lose the weight! The best part, you can eat as much of the fruit as you want when no portion size is set. Unlimited strawberries truly means unlimited strawberries. When I was a senior in high school I started the diet and lost 40 pounds in 4 months. By graduation I was at 160 pounds and I felt great. I did the diet while doing normal high school activities including step team which included running 3-5 days a week. I had amzing amounts of energy, my skin was clear and even and if I needed to lose weight again I would definately do Ms. Mazels diet in a heartbeat. You really learn your body and that is a gift in itself.

  9. Cat

    My mum is post menopausal and does the original diet each year right after christmas, as a detox and to get rid of any weight gained (she’ll vary the amount of weeks depending on the circumstances). She always loses the weight and feels great on it. I’m currently doing it and have never felt better. It’s amazing how full you feel and how much your confidence grows when you stick to it. It’s hard but totally worth it. It’s a great way to start you off for a life of healthy choices.

  10. Alyna

    I did this back in it’s hey day and had amazing results. I currently find myself trying to lose 8 pounds and it’s not coming off and I feel sluggish. I’m hoping to have the same success and would love to lose the weight. Hopefully at my age of 49 and being post menopausal it will still work. Has anyone had results who is postmenopausal? I would love the feedback. Thank you.

  11. csyde

    I had great success with this diet. I lost 17 lbs 35 days. In addition, I have also been able to keep the weight off for 3 years.

  12. Rachida

    I’m starting the diet tomorrow and I’m just wondering if I coul replace the bananas because I have an allergy, and how many lam chops can I eat,
    thank you

  13. Casi

    I really would like to know more about this diet. Do you have to have the book to do the diet?