The Mayo Clinic Diet
Welcome to a Mayo Clinic Diet that doesn't come from the Mayo Clinic. This diet is a strange idea that has been floating around for a long time, despite the fact that the Mayo Clinic does not endorse it. Once again dieters are face to face with the misleading idea that somehow grapefruit burns fat, which leaves the dieter free to indulge in high fat food like ham and eggs for breakfast and meat, vegetables and salad dressing for lunch and dinner. This is not a diet, but a dream come true! Or, at least, it would be a dream if it actually worked.
Right from the start this diet sounds too good to be true. Any kind of meat and any amount of it at every lunch and dinner? With any amount of vegetables? And salad dressing on top of that? So where does the weight loss part come in? This must be every fast food lover's dream. Unfortunately, half a grapefruit and half a glass of grapefruit juice cannot burn away fat in any circumstances, much less when the dieter is busy feasting on meat and vegetables. While it's true that this diet bans complex carbohydrates in order to help weight loss it is worth remembering that these complex carbs are the main energy source for the body.
Even if the idea that grapefruit burns fat just like that was proved correct, this diet is still too unbalanced to be a sound long-term eating plan. Fried foods and fat foods are associated with increased risks of heart diseases and cancer, which is not a good tradeoff for lower body weight. Eating large portions of food on a regular basis is also not a very good idea and it certainly does not square with a strict diet.
Basically, this seems to be one of those diets that count on using the names of famous institutions or famous people in order to push silly ideas. What's worse is that some people are desperate enough to actually believe in this type of eating plan, especially since they are attracted to the idea of a diet rich in meat. This diet is unbalanced from the nutritional point of view and encourages overeating. Avoid it and choose a better eating plan instead; one that doesn't sound as good, but which will help you lose weight.
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