Monday, 25 July 2011

The Mayo Clinic Diet

Welcome to the 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 it is not endorsed by the Mayo Clinic. 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? So where does the weight loss part come in? This must be
every fast food lover’s dream. Unfortunately, half of 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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