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The Mayo Clinic Diet: Eat well. Enjoy life. Lose weight.

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  967 ratings  ·  86 reviews
From Mayo Clinic, a leading authority on health and nutrition, comes The Mayo Clinic Diet, designed to be the last diet you'll ever need. In two simple phases, you'll be on the road to a healthy weight for the rest of your life. Packed with lots of extra encouragement — meal planners, recipes, tips for overcoming challenges, starting an exercise plan, and much more — The M ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 254 pages
Published 2010 by Good Books
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Ellz Readz
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
My thoughts...I am going to do this backwards and start with the cons. Actually I should say con, because I see only one problem with the book and that is the title. The Mayo Clinic Diet. I believe the word DIET carries a negative connotation that leaves a bad taste (no pun intended) in your mouth. Also, after reviewing this, I don't believe this is a DIET plan, I believe it to be a smarter way to live your life and manage your health. This is not a rule book saying you have to eat cottage chees ...more
Steven Peterson
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
“The Mayo Clinic Diet” is subtitled “Eat Well. Enjoy Life. Lose Weight.” The point of the book? The editor-in-chief observes that (Page 6): “’The Mayo Clinic Diet’ isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Using clinically tested techniques, it puts you in charge of reshaping you lifestyle by adopting healthy new habits and breaking unhealthy old ones.”

Part 1 is titled “Lose it!” Here, by following a number of rules, you would lose six to ten pounds in two weeks. What to do? Add five positive habits (
John Behle
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the science (plus the tough love art) of fueling one's body, feeding one's mind and fulfilling one's health through nutrition and exercise.

I like the format--I use it a reference work, but then, find myself reading it as a pleasure book. It's news you can use.

The vaunted Mayo Clinic, I wonderfully discovered, is one strenuous and proud not-for-profit outfit. Not sponsored by any pharmaceutical syndicate, big business or health insurance cartel, this 51,000 staff medical practice is a gl
Haley Mathiot
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-bookshelf
The Mayo Clinic Diet (and journal)
by the weight loss experts at Mayo Clinic
Genre: Health, self-help
Rating: 5

The Mayo Clinic Diet is a great book that guides you through a healthy way to loose weight. They focus on changing your eating habits, eating the right amount of the right thing, self control, self motivation, and staying healthy.

The word “Diet” has a bad reputation. People hear it and shutter. I don’t think Diet was the right word to use in the title of this book, I think they could h
Joshua Concepcion
Jun 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
I read it for basic nutritional advice, and I expected the venerable Mayo Clinic to produce a high-quality book.

I was wrong. Yes, there is some good nutritional info, but too much of the book is filler. In some areas, it seemed like Dr. Phil was the author. Topics like "motivation" and "commitment"--important, yes--were uninteresting. It's stuff we all know. Stick to your goals, stick to the game plan. If I wanted that advice, I would've bought a self-help book.

Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Simple, practical, doable. Lots of useful suggestions and strategies for making long-lasting lifestyle changes.
Lesley Looper
This was an easy-to-read book from a trusted source about a healthy diet. Sure, we've heard a lot of this before, but the refresher was really good. I also think the book was well-organized. ...more
Christopher Sears
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christopher by: frustrated dieters
I admit that I didn't read all of the The Mayo Clinic Diet. However, I did read part one, and enough of the remainder of the book to get what I needed out of it.

The first part of the book has a quick-start plan the authors call "Lose It!". Here, the authors lay out a two week program to start losing weight. The plan focuses on changing basic habits, and does not give much focus on the particulars of your eating. This means that you do not have to obsess about every calorie that you consume, but
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Brought to me to read after knee surgery. Written by dietitians and doctors I know at Mayo clinic. Healthy way to lose weight. Gives lots of tips to overcome issues that may prevent you from being successful at losing weight. May be a bit difficult diet to follow if you drink lots of milk and eat lots of meat; also, if you don't like fruits and vegetables. However, I know several people who are currently losing lots of weight on this diet. The book contains info about behavior change and exercis ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every January it seems I seek out the magic of a new diet that will allow me to lose fat, gain muscle mass, grow younger, and be able to leap tall building with a single bound, and other fairly ridiculous goals.

This won't do it.

Oh, yes, the lose fat part - it's a very sensible, balanced approach to food. If I was capable of being sensible and balanced about food, I probably wouldn't need this book!

The fault is entirely my own, though. This is a decent, sensible book that provides data-based diet
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I confess I have read a lot diet/weight loss books over the years and while most have some value, I really liked this approach. Once you have tried every diet "under the sun" you come to realize, if you admit it, that you simply need to exercise more and eat less and/or smarter. That's pretty much this approach. There is of course practical advice, but the intention is to steer the reader to a new lifestyle for life. The advice boils down to ADD 5 habits, LOSE 5 habits, and APOPT 5 new habits. ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
lifestyle change

I can't believe I made it through the Lose It 2 week period. I gave up sugar AND artificial sweetener. Now I have been on the Mayo Clinic Diet for just short of a month and I don't want to even add those things back in. On March 1 it will have been a month and I have already lost nearly 10 lbs. this book is not a real diet, but a healthy lifestyle change. I highly recommend this book.
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be an excellent diet plan for anyone who needs to lose or maintain their weight. Within the book are simple guides, lists and strategies which make shopping for food, planning meals, and overcoming obstacles very straight forward. I also have been enjoying using the companion journal, which tracks diet, activity and habits.
Highly recommend!
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This isn't really a diet book, more like a guide to a healthier and happier life. It's definitely a book for people who want to change their lives and not a quick fix for some up and coming event. This plan allows for slip ups and flexibility that doesn't always come with most diets that are to harsh to follow for long. ...more
Jody Nichole
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's all practical advise, most of which you've heard before, but it's located in one place. The chapters are short and easy to read. They don't use lots of medical terms, it's in plain english. Because it's so easy to read, it's great to have around as a quick refernece or refresher if you've slipped on your diet. ...more
Jason Scoggins
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is probably one of the better diet books out there. There is nothing new to be learned from this book, and that's what makes it so good: it sticks to the tried and true method of eating less, and moving more. The book is a quick read, and has several actionable steps to get you started right away. ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's the Mayo Clinic so of course it's going to be good.

It covers how to add good habits, eliminate bad habits, and start a new life. I love their information. The layout is great. You can read it like a normal book or you can skip around as your life requires and based on the chart page 59.

It is good for everyone no matter what their needs are. I might have to buy my own copy.
Julie Christen
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is easy to read and full of positive strategies, realistic techniques for making healthy choices a way of life. It helped me jump start a weight loss plan and will hopefully stick with me to help me maintain once I get to my body type's ideal weight. I got several easy recipes too! ...more
Laura Needels
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Started to read, then scanned it to finish. Nothing new here....
Jim Maroon
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I love this book! Very well balanced approach to healthy living. I think this may be my favorite diet book so far.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nf-lifestyle, nf-food
Honestly I just don't get why people loved this nor why it's so highly acclaimed. It puts forward the same spiel the government does about how to be "healthy" which, given the state of Americans, I think we can all agree is obviously not working the way it suppose to.

I appreciate that it did at least in the FAQs have a part about overcoming certain obstacles including arthritis, which is something that prevents me from doing what I want more than I'd like, though the entire FAQ section read as v
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading several books on eating well and taking better care of your health, I would say this is definitely a good book. It touches on most things that I have read and because I just read and never really look to see when it was publishes, it is possible that the Mayo clinic's information was out there first. I highly recommend reading if you're interested in changing your health and lifestyle. ...more
Sandra Rae
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
My husband and I have been following this eating plan, and we are losing weight. The eating plan is not a diet. We have eaten only whole grains and unprocessed food for many years, but gradually we have added extra pounds. I think this book just gets the balance back in portions. Food is more than sustenance it must also be palatable. Diets that stress one type of food or a particular food are unsustainable in the long run
Libby Andrews
I have no idea why I bought this book. It has languished on my Kindle since 2014 when I no doubt thought I was too fat! This book states the obvious eat less but healthy, move more. It would be really useful for someone who id extremely overweight because it explains the basics in detail. There are also some great recipes at the back.
Bob Pollock
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book with a diet I can follow!
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing. Noting more than very common knowledge.
K. Mosher
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, life
Good, basic, and easy to digest material on healthy food habits. I'm not sure it's for me (intermittent faster) but still a good read. ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A basic, simple guide. Nothing too ground-breaking. Liked the refresher on portion control.
Jan 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I actually finished this book several weeks ago, but since it is a diet book, how could I rightfully review it without testing out its advice? I need to lose at least fifteen pounds anyway, so what better way to start the process than by doing the Lose It! portion of the book to see just how easy or difficult it is to follow. I have had great success with Weight Watchers in the past, but once I figured out how to fool the system, it stopped working for me. I have tried the Spark diet; I have tri ...more
Mayo Clinic Diet. Second Edition. Donald D. Hensrud, M.D. Rochester, Minnesota: Mayo Clinic, 2017. 334 pages. Hardcover.

This is an updated version of the 2010 book. See below for my review of the 2010 book. Very similar, just an update.

I decided to read this book because I want to lose weight and because the Mayo Clinic is highly respected in medicine.

What I get out of the book is that you should eat lots of vegetables. The problem is I don't like vegetables. It says you should eat 5 servings o
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Merle Good is writer, dramatist, and publisher from Lancaster, PA. His books have sold nearly a million copies. His Op-Ed pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Academy-Award-winning actress Geraldine Page starred in the movie (Hazel's People), based on Good's first novel, Happy as the Grass Was Green. His play, The Preacher and the Shrink, opened Off-B ...more

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