Mayo Clinic Plan

By Jim F

The Mayo Clinic is one of the most respected health sites on the Internet. At one stage they joined forces with eDiets to create an online program – although this has long since been discontinued.The program includes the following features:

  • “Print and go” shopping lists
  • Weekly personalized menus
  • Options that match meal plans to lifestyles
  • Charting and results reports
  • Do’s and don’ts for losing weight
  • Daily serving recommendations
  • Dining-out tips
  • Editorial content developed by Mayo Clinic’s medical staff
  • The Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid

What sets the diet apart from other eDiets offerings are the last two points.

The Mayo Clinic Pyramid

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The Mayo Clinic Plan is based on The Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid. The primary food group in the pyramid is fruit and vegetables, the next smaller group is carbohydrates (such as pastas and breads). Proteins and dairy make the next smallest group. The diet guidelines recommend a daily number of servings from each food group – and specifically defines serving sizes. In the case of fruit and vegetables, these are virtually unlimited on the plan.

The plan focuses on foods that contain a small number of calories in a large amount of food, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, poultry, fish and whole grains

A diet with fruit and vegetables as the main component is hard to beat – it’s nutritionally and fiber rich – and an abundance of vegetables will always fill you up (and take a long time to eat).

Wasn’t the Mayo Clinic Diet a Crash or Fad Diet?

There has been considerable confusion over the Mayo Clinic and diet recommendations. For some years now, there has been a crash diet floating around – erroneously called the Mayo Clinic Diet (link to the ‘false’ diet). Mayo have never endorsed this diet – and make it clear they have no connection with this diet.

UPDATE: The Mayo Clinic Plan is now only available in book form.

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23 Comments

  1. G. Trahan

    I had the original diet for a long time but lost it when I moved last. I did it for three weeks in 1964 and lost 20 lbs. 3 boiled eggs and grapefruit each meal and different dinners each day of the week. Does anyone have a copy of that diet? I would really like a copy.

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  2. T. Kallmyer

    @Brenda if you’re looking for the “Fad” mayo clinic diet pre-2005 then it’s published here. https://www.everydiet.org/diet/mayo-clinic-diet. We wouldn’t recommend it as a healthy way to lose weight though.

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  3. brenda

    Hi there! Can someone please send me the original diet plan? Thank you very very much!!

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  4. Jo Kornelsen

    Hi there I have been trying for years to locate the old version diet of the Mayo Clinic diet. But to no avail. I finally found this blog. Could you PLEASE email me the the weekly menu. I can pay you for it if you like thank you very much. Would like to loose a few pounds fast and this sure worked years ago thank you I am located in Edmonton Alberta Canada.

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  5. teejay

    I found it!!

    yes eggs, grapefruit spinach and all!

    guessing you may have it yourself by now, but in case someone else is reading this as i was last night, and wishes to bypass the two hours of internet searching which i invested, please refine your google search to look at Margaret Thatcher’s diet plan.

    good luck all!

    Teejay

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  6. teejay

    hi cindy,

    i did the same diet and found it really successful. i cant find my copy. did you ever get a copy of the one with the eggs? i can remember some of it.
    monday was egg and grapefruit ten fres fruit salad for lunch (eat as much as you like no bananas) and i think then it was steak and green salad cucumber and tom.

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  7. cindy

    hi all I am despertaly looking for the old version of mayo clinic diet would any one have a copy of this original diet thank you muchly appreciated

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  8. SANDY HAYS

    SHARON i BELIEVE I HAVE A COPY OF THE ORIGIONAL MAYO CLINIC DIET, WE USED IT BACK IN THE 60’S AND 70’S WHILE ON MILITATY RECRUTING, THE NEW RECRUITS LOST WEIGHT TO SLIM DOWN, WRITE ME AND I’LL BE GLAD TO SEND YOU THAT COPY. SANDY

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  9. cindy

    hi Bill your dad still wouldn’t happen to have a copy would he? I did this diet decades ago however there was no bacon but lots of eggs ,spinach and grapefruit
    thanks cindy

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  10. cindy

    hi to all. Sharon I have done that diet and it worked really well however it has been 20 years since I dieted and I would like to know if you have a copy of the diet you are talking about. The one with bacon is not the one I did. Mine had a lot of boiled eggs, spinach grapefruits and dry toast.
    thanks
    cindy

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  11. Sharon

    Whoops! I just found the Mayo Clinic Diet” as it was presented by the “John Robert Powers Schools” in 1965.
    My memory about “no bacon” was correct, but the spinach for lunch was not until Wednesday (3rd day). Tomatoes and eggs for lunch on the first day, along with a combination salad and a piece of dry toast with the grapefruit and eggs for dinner. Etc.

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  12. Sharon Werth

    Your link to the Mayo Clinic Diet (false diet) is not the “original” Mayo Clinic diet that I used 45 years ago. For instance, bacon was never part of the diet. Instead, the first day was 1/2 a grapefruit and 2 hard boiled eggs, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On the second day it changed to spinach with lunch instead of the grapefruit, but after that my memory fades. I’m still searching for the “Original” Mayo Clinic Diet.

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  13. Joe

    I searched for “eDiets” on the mayo clinic website and got no hits. Either they failed to mention they are in on this, or you are pulling my leg……

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  14. nikki

    if you go to the mayo clinic website, they specifically state that the carbs you eat should be whole grain and that the protein should be lean. for some reason it doesnt say so on the pyramid, but i just thought id mention it.

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  15. vera

    i intend to start the mayo diet and i will be informing you on the progress

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  16. Ebony

    hello, i was researching the mayo clinic plan and was wondering if you can send me some pros and cons about the diet plans you have. Thank you

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  17. eman

    can i ask abut amount of meat amd raw vegetable in the menu

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  18. Randy Smith

    The pyramid is not specific enough to be of much help plus it looks heavy on carbohydrates and low on protein.

    http://www.antiagingatlanta.com/lowglycemicdiet.htm

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  19. Spectra

    It looks like a fairly healthy diet plan to me. Too many people are scared of eating fruits and vegetables because of “carbs” in them. Truth is, these are the best sources of carbs out there. Also, there IS a certain limit to how much protein you actually need in a day…even athletes don’t need a spectacular amount. The most hardcore trainers may need up to 2 times more protein, but that requirement is pretty much satisfied in this diet, which lets you have up to 7 servings of protein a day. That’s about 21 ounces, which is quite a bit.

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  20. Pam

    Jennifer –

    I’m not sure I agree with you. The whole notion of reduced carbs is based on the fad diets (Atkins and South Beach) that are so big right now. Squeezy wheel gets the oil, I guess. But then again, you’d need to adjust your own carb/protein intake based on your personal activity level and lifestlye to accomodate how much energy you need to burn, etc. So maybe for you the flip would be necessary but for someone else it wouldn’t be.

    Just another viewpoint.
    Pam

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  21. Jennifer

    I think current science shows this pyramid needs to flip the protein and the carbohydrate requirements, especially since the “carbs” they include are pasta and bread and not specifically whole grains…but ech, what are you gonna do? Change happens slowly…

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  22. James

    The original “fake” Mayo Clinic diet was a bit of a shocker (see it here). The official version looks very healthy indeed.

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  23. Bill Nadraszky

    My dad, before he started following my moms Weight Watchers diet, always started the year by doing a Mayo clinic diet that seemed to be based on eating grapfruit and eggs. I have never gone to the work to get any more details about the diet but my dad loses weight pretty easily anyway so I am not sure exactly how good or bad the original one was but it would be nice to really look at this new diet from such a esteemed organization.

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