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
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.