Monday, March 22, 2010

The Mayo Clinic Diet (book review)

The Mayo Clinic Diet

Published by Good Books 1/1/2010

ISBN #978-1-56148-676-2

$25.99 US


In our work with literally thousands of patients, we've identified the critical habits of people who maintain a healthy weight, and the habits of those who don't.

With The Mayo Clinic Diet, we've boiled this research down to five simple habits to help you take off the extra weight -- and five habits to break so that you can keep it from coming back. Plus, we've made it easy, because what works best when it comes to weight loss is keeping it simple!

The Mayo Clinic Diet is composed of three sections to get you started, to keep you on track, and to give you the knowledge and tools you need to keep those unwanted pounds off for good

  1. Loose it! is a two-week quick-start program designed to help you lose 6 to 10 pounds in a safe and healthy way.
  2. Live it! is a long-term plan in which you continue to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week until you reach your goal. Then, you learn how to maintain your healthy weight for life.
  3. All the extra stuff includes meal planners, recipes, tips on overcoming challenges and much more to help you along the way.
The Mayo Clinic Diet puts you in charge of reshaping your body and improving your health -- for a lifetime.

For more information, visit The Mayo Clinic Diet book Web site.

My Take:

I've struggled with my weight for years, and have finally made progress, dropping 40 pounds in 10 months. I still have a ways to go, but definitely feel I am well on my way to success. I don't do well on traditional diets, rebel if I have to count points or calories, and will eat pretty much anything that is off limits (I ate donuts every day I was on Atkins, and I HATE donuts :) But I needed something to help, something that would provide motivation and a common sense attitude towards meeting my goals.

The May Clinic Diet is exactly that - using clinically tested techniques, you make simple changes that result in success, both short term (losing) and long term (maintaining).

I loved the direct approach, and the fact the book is divided into three sections - "Lose It", "Live It" and "All the Extra Stuff". To lose, you just break 5 habits and add in 5 new ones - sounds to easy, but it works - that's how I've managed to drop 40 pounds. rather than jumping on the latest weight loss trend, I've just concentrated on eating healthier and moving more. To maintain, you focus on your success in part 1, and know if you slip you can always start over. The last section is fantastic - loaded with information and recipes, I'll definitely turn to these pages over and over.

My book also included the Mayo Clinic Diet Journal - an easy way to track what I'm eating during the day. I loved the food pyramids included on each day - no counting carbs, calories, or fats, you just check off for each fruit, vegetable, etc..

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to lose weight, or just eat healthier.

I received this book free to review - the opinion in this post is entirely my own.

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