mayo clinic dietsMayo Clinic Diets” have been around in one form or another for more than 40 years. Various Mayo Clinic Diets push grapefruit, eggs, meat, cabbage, etc., and promise to peel off pounds magically. Don’t believe any of these diets. They were neither developed nor are they approved by the Mayo Clinic. These diets may result in temporary quick weight loss. However, they are not safe or effective methods of weight loss for long-term, and are not nutritionally balanced. Such diets may be dangerous for certain people.

Mayo Clinic dieticians, nutritionists and media personnel have been trying to get the word out for years: there is no, nor will there ever be, an official Mayo Clinic Diet. The diets prescribed by Mayo doctors and dietitians are individualized for each patient’s needs, taking into account medical history and current eating and exercise habits. There is no one diet that works for everyone.

The typical Mayo diet is usually three or seven days in duration and is a high-protein, high-fat plan. There are several different incarnations; almost all of them include unlimited amounts of meat and poultry, fish and just a few veggies and encourage you to eat a lot of grapefruit or eggs. The primary principle of all Mayo Clinic diets is the consumption of high-cholesterol, high-fat foods. The plan also claims that grapefruit burns fat.

Diet “Warning Signs”:
* Ruling out of entire food groups
* “Unlimited” consumption of anything high in fat or sugar
* Promotion of increased caffeinne intake
* No variety or extremely strict rules
* Certain food combinations to “burn” fat
* Promising that certain foods increase your metabolism

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