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.
New projections show that one in ten adults could have diabetes by 2030 based on current trends, including both types of diabetes and undiagnosed cases. There are an estimated 346 million people currently with diabetes worldwide, and eighty percent of deaths caused by this disease occur in developing countries. In the United States alone there are 79 million pre-diabetic adults.
Sadly, many of these cases are preventable through diet and lifestyle changes. “The major controllable risk factor for diabetes is weight,” Dr. Donald Hensrud told DietsInReview.com in an interview, who is the Chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Clinic. “There’s certainly a genetic predisposition, age is a strong risk factor. Obviously people can’t control those, but of the controllable factors, weight is the strongest one.”
The Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit medical research group, announced today a diet plan that’s designed for people with type two diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions. The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet is a two-part diet plan that’s consists of a “Lose It!” phase and “Live It!” phase. The diet is based on the original Mayo Clinic Diet and is adapted to meet the needs of diabetic patients. The first phase of the diet helps participants safely lose over six pounds in the first two weeks, and the second phase helps them transition to a slower long-term weight loss and maintenance plan.