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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Good Books (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561487775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561487776
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just in time for New Year's resolutions, experts from the Mayo Clinic present a well-rounded plan for dieting right. Editor-in-chief Donald Hensrud, chair of the Mayo Clinic's Preventive and Occupational Medicine division, packs this straightforward guide with useful tips, concise lists, charts, and color photos. Eschewing fads and quick fixes, the diet sticks to an involved, long-term, but indisputable plan for those willing to make significant lifestyle changes. Part one, Lose It, includes a two-week intro program designed to result in six to 10 pounds of weight loss, provided readers take up five new habits, including eating breakfast and upping their intake of whole grains, while quitting five old habits, like eating in front of the TV. Part two, Live It, modifies those techniques to sustain one to two pounds of weight loss a week. Part three helps readers with immediate and long-term challenges like behavior modification and stress, as well as meal planning and eating out. Efficiently organized with convenient reference points, this is a worthy guide for any determined dieter. (Jan.)
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I wanted a healthful, long-term plan, but I also needed to be bikini-readyin just six weeks. I gravitated to The Mayo Clinic Diet, the trusted hospital's first-ever weight-loss book, because it isn't a rigid eat-this-not-that meal plan, but more of a food-pyramid inspired puzzle.
-Amy Grippo, Marie Claire

"This diet is not a fad. You've had enough of those and know the results. Using clinically tested techniques, The Mayo Clinic Diet puts you in charge of making simple, pleasurable changes that will result in a weight you can maintain for the rest of your life."
-Donald Hensrud, M.D., diet expert at Mayo Clinic
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Found this book to be very informative and an easy read.
I liked the kindle edition so much that I also bought the hardback book so that I could keep better notes.
J. deCourcelle
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to make a major healthy lifestyle change.

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826 of 847 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wilsonwood on August 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Some reviewers give this book 5 stars, others give it 1. So how do you know whom to believe? I think I can help you.

This book is NOT for you if:
- You are looking for a magic weight loss plan, or a new theory of weight control
- You are looking for a lot of recipes

This book MIGHT be for you if:
- You subscribe to the old, tried-and-true formula for weight loss (eat fewer calories, exercise more), but need to know the details and need some help in getting, and staying, motivated.

The book is based on a version of the familiar food pyramid, and the diet can be summarized as: Eat a lot -- in fact as much as you want -- of fruits and vegetables (most of your favorites will be allowed, and you can eat them raw or cooked, and use fresh or frozen, and in some cases canned). Eat limited, though reasonable, amounts of carbs, protein and dairy, and fats. Exercise 30 minutes a day.

If you try it, good luck to you. I'm trying it, too; good luck to me as well.
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435 of 466 people found the following review helpful By Sheila A. Dechantal on January 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have read through this book and find it to be a fascinating easy to follow program that will produce results!

The Mayo Clinic Diet Book starts out with a 2 week period of ADDING 5 Habits - BREAKING 5 Habits and ADOPTING 5 Habits. What I love about this method is that it is doable. That's right... it is simple steps that the journal (I love the journal!) helps you calculate and keep up on day to day.
The Journal has a Habit Tracker within it so you can put in your starting weight... and check off the habits you are applying each day. This is great for someone wired like me as I have to have the visual in front of me.... plus, I like goals... and challenges...
With great habits to remember like eating a healthy breakfast, fruits and vegies daily, eating whole grains, healthy fats - and my favorite habit: MOVE! That's right - get out there and well, MOVE! :)
In the two week period you will also be encouraged to break 5 habits and this is good to doccument as well - like no eating while watching TV (guilty!), No sugar, no snacks, only moderate meat and dairy, and no eating at restaurants.
Now this is just part of the journal habits to break. In the two week period if we focus on breaking these habits we are on our way to new and healthier ways to enjoy life... The back of the book has a break down of good carbs and healthy choices as well as recipes. This book will be one I can refer to again and again!

The book talks about what motivates us... find what will give you an ongoing, burning desire to succeed. For me - I love being fit. I feel better about myself, I have more energy and I am just better. I dont know any other way to describe it. In September of this past year I fell a little off my routine and have yet to get back into where I was.
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264 of 286 people found the following review helpful By serumjockey on December 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I were part of the initial study for this book. I will tell you that it is a lifestyle change but once you figure it out, it becomes second nature. I lost 8 pounds in two weeks and my husband lost 14. The study ended after 2 weeks. I did learn a lot but it certainly took time to figure out what foods are approved. I highly recommend this diet and intend to give it another try, this time adding the maintenance portions.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By K. Maloney on February 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I understand that there is no quick fix, fad diet that will take the weight of and keep it off. Eating the right (whole) foods in the right (small) portions and exercising are the keys to weight loss, maintenance and good health. Since I get all that, I can appreciate the Mayo Clinic Diet for several reasons.

It is not another fad diet. The program outlines simple, and healthy changes that will result in weight loss.

It is based on the research of doctors who have worked with thousands of patients. The doctors have boiled down their research into the 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.

The diet is broken down into two simple phases - Lose it and Live It. In the two week Losing It phase, add five healthy habits like eating a healthy breakfast, healthy fats and adding exercise. Break five habits like no TV while eating, and no sugar (only what is naturally found in fruit). In Phase 2, "Live It" (the long-term plan) 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.

The Mayo Clinic Diet book has all the necessary tools, is simple to skim through, and is well organized. The book includes meal planners, recipes and tips on overcoming challenges, staying motivated, adapting recipes and sticking to the diet when eating out.

The book comes with a companion journal. To help monitor your progress, the companion journal has over 200 pages, consisting of a weight record to plot your weight and the habit tracker to record your foods eaten and your exercise. The easy-to-use diet journal allows you follow your progress during both phases of the program.

The proceeds from the book help support the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit group practice. When you purchase Mayo Clinic books, you help support programs, including medical education and research.
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103 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Charles Davis on February 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you want to lose weight than GET THIS BOOK! I lost 6 pounds the first week (6-10 was the range)and am beginning my fifth week and have lost a total of 14 pounds. I have 150 to lose. I also have Diabetes. This book has changed my life, my perspective on food, helped me change bad habits and replace them with good habits, and is one I can live with and feed my family the same foods too. I have been on every diet known to man. I have been overweight for 20 years. I will do it this time and be healthier and happier. These people at Mayo Clinic have given us a chance to be thin and healthy again. Get the book. It will change your life. I recommended it to my sister and sister-in-law as well. They are changing their lives too. My 20 year old daughter is also doing this diet with me. She only has 20 pounds to lose. It is so easy and is a life style change. I hate even calling it a diet. I will never go back to the way I used to eat. I still have that occasional chocolate cake and don't even have guilt. It is allowed. Everything in moderation is the key. I promise you won't regret spending the money for this book! Get the accompanying Journal as well!
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