Mayo Clinic Diet
A fad diet that has been around for thirty years or so and has been criticised and deemed not nutritionally sound. It promises however that in 2-1/2 months you could lose up to 52 pounds It is not recommended to stay on this strict diet longer than the 2-1/2 months. After this you must start a maintenance low carb diet.
Instructions: At any meals you may eat until you are full, until you cannot eat any more. Do not eliminate anything from the diet, especially do not skip bacon at breakfast or omit salads. It is the combination of foods that burn up the fat. Grapefruit is what starts the burning up process. Cut down on coffee. It affects the insulin balance that hinders the burning up process. Try to limit to 1 cup at mealtime. Don’t eat between meals. If you eat the combination of foods suggested, you will not get hungry.
You May Not Have: white onions, potatoes, celery, rice of any kind, barley, pasta (all types), burritos and flour tortillas, tamales, green peas, corn, baked beans, refried beans, black-eyed peas, lima beans, bananas, dried fruits, barley, sweets of any kind, products which contain Dextrose, Glucose, Hexitol, Maltose, Sucrose, Honey, Fructose, Corn Syrup or Starch, or caffeine.
You May Have: Red onions, bell pepper, radishes, cucumber, broccoli, green onions, spinach leaf, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes and other low calorie veggies.
Soft Drinks: You may drink any soft drinks as long as they are diet and caffeine free, and water obviously.
Notes: The diet completely eliminates sugars and starches, which are lipids and form fat. Fat does not form fat. It helps burn it. So, you can fry foods in butter and use butter generously on vegetables. Do not eat desserts, breads 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 the more of the proper combination of foods, the more you will lose. You can lose 10 pounds in 10 days. There will be no loss the first 4 days, but you will lose 5 pounds on the fifth day. Therefore, you will lose 1-1/2 pounds every 2 days until you are where you want to be.
Breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit or juice (1/2) cup (4 oz.) at least 2 eggs (any style) At least 2 slices of bacon Coffee, tea, water may be substituted. Drink water Lunch: 1/2 grapefruit or juice Salad (any dressing) Meat, fish, or fowl any style (except for breaded) Drink water Dinner: 1/2 grapefruit or juice Meat (any style, any amount. Fish may be substituted. Vegetables- any green, yellow, or red, cooked in butter or any seasoning and or salad Coffee or tea- 1 cup, water may be substituted Bedtime Snack: Glass of tomato juice or skim milk
defining what is a desirable weight for the human body
60 years of the diet industry can be traced back to the pseudo-epidemiology of Metlife Insurance Statistician Louis Dublin who observed that people with higher weight died younger; in one stroke he redefined what was a desirable weight.