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Mayo Clinic on Healthy Weight

A promising plan from the prestigious institution

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Diets tend to fail and leave you hopping from one to the other because they rarely set you up for success. Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight for Everybody, created at the renowned medical center, is one program that is more accurately described as a lifestyle change. This program will not only help you lose weight, but more importantly give you skills you can use throughout your life to live healthier and keep it off.

The Mayo Clinic is a highly regarded medical institution in the U.S. Based on research conducted there in the weight loss field, the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight for Everybody was created. The program focuses on three key ideals that will help you manage a healthy weight for life. These are:

  1. Getting Motivated.

  2. How to Lose weight

  3. Knowing When You Need More Help

The book encourages healthy eating via its Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid, which emphasizes portion control and nutritious and low-calorie foods that make you feel full because they contain fiber and/or water.

Mayo Clinic on Healthy Weight also contains plenty of extras that make the book interesting and instructive such as how to read a food label, recipe ingredient substitutions, illustrated recipes, he number of calories burned during various exercises and tricks for changing bad habits.

In 2009, the Mayo Clinic also published The Mayo Clinic Diet, a book detailing an organized weight loss plan that uses the trademark Mayo Clinic Food Guide Pyramid.

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  • Based on sound medical research by medical professionals
  • Clearly-stated instructions
  • Lifestyle program
  • Promotes healthy diet and consistent exercise
  • Includes practical tips and instructions on healthy eating
  • Mayo Clinic Food Guide Pyramid provides instructive and important guidelines for healthy eating
  • Weight loss is gradual
  • Focused on those who need to lose more than 10 pounds

The Mayo Clinic on Healthy Weight plan promotes balanced eating. You will not find many foods restricted and best of all, you'll be allowed to eat. Many diets reduce calories and food choices to a disappointing (and sometimes unhealthy) level.

You'll follow the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid- a visual food guide. Each day, you should consume no less than seven servings of fruits and vegetables, four-to-eight servings of carbs (focus on whole grains) three-to-seven servings of lean protein (chicken, fish, legumes) and dairy (low- or no-fat milk, yogurt) and three-to-five servings of unsaturated fats (olive oil, nuts, avocados). You're also allowed no more than 75 calories for sweets each day.

Some delicious meals suggested include:

  • Chicken stir-fry with eggplant and basil
  • Turkey potpie with baby vegetables
  • Curried Vegetable Couscous
  • Rosemary Lemon Chicken with Brown Rice
  • Cornmeal-crusted sole
  • Yogurt vanilla ice cream
  • Poached Egg with Whole Wheat Toast

It's no secret that the more active you are, the healthier you are. Simple tasks like working in the yard, walking the dog, climbing stairs, shopping and household chores all keep your body moving and burning calories. The Mayo Clinic on Healthy Weight 's only requirement is that you commit to regular exercise - whether that's just increasing physical activity or an exercise program. Your goal should be about 30-60 minutes of moderate exercise almost every day. You want to elevate your heart rate, breathe a little heavier and possibly even break a mild sweat.


A weight loss program that is more interested in giving you a healthy lifestyle than a quick fix and is supported by reliable medical research is what Mayo Clinic on Healthy Weight provides. This program balances both diet and exercise, and helps you set realistic goals- your only option is success. It gives you important information for making your own healthy and informed choices and provides you with the tools to do in today's busy world.

Common Misspellings

Mayo Diet, Mayo Clinic Deit, Myo Clinic Diet, Mayo Clinic on Healthy Wieght, Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight, Mayo Clinic on Healhty Weight, Myo Clinic on Healthy Weight, Mayo Clinic on Healthy Wait


Mayo Clinic is a non-profit medical practice. Its headquarters, the Mayo Medical School and its research facilities are in Rochester in addition to hospitals and clinics in Jacksonville, Florida and Scottsdale, Arizona. Mayo Clinic partners with a number of smaller clinics and hospitals in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, an organization known as the "Mayo Health System".

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I weighed 210 before I started the diet. Now I weigh 156. My target goal per MD is 148. My personal goal is 135. I've restarted the Mayo diet with exercise and I'm already losing more weight. I'm on my way to total fitness. Slow and steady.

posted May 28th, 2014 5:19 pm



Why isn't the mayo clinic diet working? It says the first five days you should loose 5 lbs,well not my case only 3 1/2. then weighted myself on my 12th day said I should loose 10 Lbs,Well not the case I only lost 2 Lbs.I'am back on it agian after my 2 days off and my 5 th day weight loss is less with only 2 Lbs lost. I don't cheat on my diet. What is going on?

posted Mar 8th, 2013 12:30 pm



im loving this diet. Ive been on it for 5 days now and have lost 5 pounds! it was really hard the first 2 days but its second nature now! I just keep saying to myself, " I want to be skinny more than I want this pizza!!" Goodluck everyone! :)

posted Oct 14th, 2011 10:55 am

Herbertha Smalls

i am still in the quick start but I'm on day 9. in the first week i lost 4lbs and counting. so excited to see what is to come in the live it stage.

posted Mar 4th, 2011 10:36 am



I need to lose 15 lbs. I have always done Nutrisystems only because is forces portion control. Well, the first week I lost 6 lbs. Impressive; when ever I diet it usually is one pound per week. I like it!

posted Jan 9th, 2011 12:14 am


Absolutely love this diet. Started 3 and a half days ago and have already lost 7 pounds. I'm not hungry but I do miss carbs like crazy :)
Oh well, nothing good comes easy.

posted Nov 9th, 2010 2:47 pm

Ernest S.


The first time I went on the Old Mayo Clinic Diet I lost 50 pounds in 60 days. When I went to my Cardiologist and he took my blood work. He came back and said "I don't know what you're doing but keep it up, your blood work has never been better." That was 15 years ago. Over the years I have gain back the weight but I'm back on the Old diet again and have lost 10 pounds in 7 days. This time I'm going for skinny.

posted Aug 10th, 2010 12:41 am


I'm a coffee drinker and usally have a cup before I eat breakfast and usually will want one in afternoon. Will that mess up the diet?

posted Feb 10th, 2010 9:28 am


it may SOUND crazy , it really works everyone ! im 140 and i lost the amount i was trying to lose . which was ten pounds along with exercising . i approve : go for it ! quick way to lose weight . the grapefruit juice is WICKED [nasty] i tihnk thats what made me not so hungry lol !

posted Oct 18th, 2009 11:26 pm



I've been on it for 7 days now I weighed in on the 6th day and had lost 6lbs. I had this lingering 6lbs that wanted to stay attach to me well their gone now and I'm HAPPY. What works for you is for you and what don't move on to something else... loving the grapefruit diet LOL!

posted Aug 10th, 2009 1:10 am



I am on the old mayo clinic diet since Jan 26 2009 have lost 105lbs from 289 to 184

posted Jul 30th, 2009 2:29 pm


can u substitue the eggs for something else? i cant eat eggs

posted Apr 13th, 2009 11:20 pm



I was a little skeptical in the beginning but, I have been on the diet for 10 days now and so far I've lost 10lbs. The diet works as long as you stick to the guidelines. I agree with T you never feel hungry and everyday since I've been on the program I force myself to eat lunch and dinner..

posted Jan 30th, 2009 3:19 am



Love this diet. Quick, easy way to lose weight. I'v tried those diets where you can't eat hardly anything and that doesn't work for me. This is great to lose some extra pounds quickly.

posted Oct 20th, 2008 11:13 am



I agree with Linda - the no snacking is a recipe for disaster cause I end up eating way more as I hold myself off.

posted Oct 4th, 2008 4:42 pm



Any diet that I lose weight on is a success for me and I easily lost 10 pounds on this diet and am still on track to lose my next 10!

posted Oct 4th, 2008 4:38 pm



I like that there isn't so much forced exercise...yes the emphasis is there but mayoclinic focuses on all areas as opposed to telling me to get to the gym 7 days a week, somehthing I would never do

posted Oct 4th, 2008 4:37 pm



Great tips for living a more healthy lifestyle but I'm not convinced that the mayoclinic is a diet, it seems more just an informational site

posted Oct 4th, 2008 4:35 pm


If you do the diet according to the way it is written, believe me, you will not be hungry. I'm a snacker and am hungry a lot of the times but from the very first day on this diet, I have not been hungry. I have to make myself eat the 3 meals!

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