The Mayo Clinic, long heralded for their compassionate treatment of patients, can now add “diet guru” to its list of accolades. If you think an acclaimed medical facility has the upper hand when it comes to creating a comprehensive weight loss website, you’d be right. The Mayo Clinic Diet is weight loss done right.
The focus is on changing habits for a lifetime
The Mayo Clinic Diet, a personalized plan developed by doctors and nutritionists, is split in to two phases, “Lose It!” and “Live It!” The first phase is a “jump-start” helping you lose up to 6-10 pounds over a two-week period in a safe and healthy way. The “Live It!” phase is intended to help you lose 1-2 pounds per week until you’ve hit your weight loss goal, a widely recommended rate of weight loss, and then guides you on how to sustain it for a life.
Last week I took the diet for a little spin. After creating my personal account with a bit of pertinent data about my height, weight, activity level and weight loss goal (confidential, thank you very much), I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly the entire plan was created for me. Once the system calculated my optimum calorie intake for weight loss, it simultaneously delivered weeks worth of meal plans and recipes to help me reach my goal.
Easy to use, interactive and chock-full ‘o weight loss tools
The Mayo Clinic Diet truly is one of the most comprehensive weight loss websites I’ve ever seen, while also being the easiest to navigate. Here’s a handy bullet list of notable resources:
- Healthy personalized meal plans that can also be customized to suit your tastes
- Weight tracker, meal tracker, exercise tracker
- Delicious recipes with real-world options like, after work, date night, and holiday fare
- Add 5 Habits – Five things that should be incorporated into your daily lifestyle
- Break 5 Habits – Five things you should bounce from your daily routine
- A compendious collection of articles about nutrition, exercise and the mind/body connection
Move it! Move it!
What you put in your face is only half the battle when it comes to losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the other half is moving your body. The Mayo Clinic Diet not only provides a fitness tracker so you can jot down all those jogs and jumping jacks, it also provides an exercise plan (should you decide to accept the challenge). Stuck in a rut with your current routine? Check out the “Challenge Yourself” section for tips on overcoming exercise barriers, or maybe start the “Beginner’s Guide to 5K.”
July 7th, 2014