Beverly Hills Diet

new-beverly-hills-dietBeverly Hills Diet has been revamped since the original was published in 1981 and is regarded by many as being the first fad diet.

After losing 72 pounds on the original Beverly Hills Diet, the author Judy Mazel maintained her weight loss. Mazel died at the age of 63 from complications related to peripheral vascular disease.

The original diet commenced with a 42-day initiation phase, which was based largely on fruit. The New Beverly Hills diet is less extreme and Mazel stated that it now meets the recommended standards for a nutritionally balanced diet.

Dieters are told that they can expect a weight loss of 10-15 pounds in the initial 35 days of the program.

The New Beverly Hills Diet Basics

Food Combining

As with the original diet, the New Beverly Hills Diet is based on the concept of ‘conscious food combining’ . Mazel states that it is not what or how much you eat that causes weight gain but rather when and in what combinations the food is eaten. She claims that poor combinations lead to inefficient digestion that triggers weight gain.

The main rules for food combining according to this plan: 

  1. Proteins can be combined with fats
  2. Carbohydrates can be eaten with fats
  3. Fruit must be eaten alone 
  4. Champagne goes with everything

Daily Beverly Hills Diet Meals

Breakfast each day consists of fruit, which may be eaten, in unlimited amounts. However, only one fruit is to be eaten at a time. Dieters must wait one hour before switching from one fruit to another and two hours before eating any other types of foods. There are many days in the 35-day initiation plan where fruit is the only food consumed all day.

Once a meal based on carbohydrates, fats or protein is consumed dieters are not permitted to eat fruit for the remainder of the day. If the next meal is based on carbohydrates dieters may continue to eat carbohydrates without restriction until protein is consumed. As soon as any protein is eaten all the remaining meals must consist of at least 80% protein.

Dieters are permitted one free meal per day where they can combine carbs and protein however following this all meals eaten must follow the rule of containing at least 80% protein.

Recommended Foods

Fruits form the basis of this plan. Papaya is said to soften fat in the body, pineapple burns off the fat and watermelon flushes it out of the body.

Sample Day’s Meal Plan

Breakfast

Dried Apricots

Lunch

Sandwich with avocado, tomato, lettuce and sprouts

Dinner

Three veggies with rice

Look for more low Calorie recipes here.

Exercise Not Required

Exercise is not a requirement however Mazel does acknowledge its importance for cardiovascular health and emotional balance.

Costs and Expenses

The New Beverly Hills Diet retails at $14.95.

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Pros

  • Promotes the intake of fruit and vegetables.
  • Good for people who like eating fruit.
  • Food preparation is simple.
  • Includes a 35-day meal plan with recipes.
  • No need for portion control or calorie counting.
  • No foods are forbidden.
  • Author is very positive and motivational.

Cons

  • The plan involves many days where dieters eat fruit only.
  • Some of the suggested tropical fruits may be difficult to find in some areas.
  • Initiation phase is very low in calories, deficient in many nutrients as well as being extremely deficient in protein, essential fats and minerals.
  • Includes many rules, which require dieters to keep track of foods eaten and which may be confusing.
  • Based on food combining which has not been proven to affect weight loss.
  • Does not teach dieters how to eat balanced meals for long-term weight loss.
  • Not based on established scientific principles.
  • Does not encourage exercise.

Low Calories NOT Food Combining

The reason people lose weight on this diet is probably due to restricting calories rather than the fat burning qualities that are attributed to specific fruits or the effects of food combining.

The new diet is slightly more balanced than the original Beverly Hills diet as it includes animal protein whereas the original plan was based on fruit only for the first ten days.

However, The Beverly Hills Diet is still is a low calorie diet that is also very low in protein, which will increase the risk of dieters losing muscle mass. The result of this will be a reduced metabolism that will make it highly likely that dieters will regain the weight when they resume normal eating.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
    References:
  • Mirkin, G. B., & Shore, R. N. (1981). The Beverly Hills diet: Dangers of the newest weight loss fad. JAMA, 246(19), 2235-2237. link
  • Golay, A., Allaz, A. F., Ybarra, J., Bianchi, P., Saraiva, S., Mensi, N., … & de Tonnac, N. (2000). Similar weight loss with low-energy food combining or balanced diets. International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders: journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, 24(4), 492-496. link
  • Wadden, T. A., & Stunkard, A. J. (1986). Controlled trial of very low calorie diet, behavior therapy, and their combination in the treatment of obesity. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 54(4), 482. link

94 Comments

  1. sweetness

    Oh, YES it does work. i LOVE fruit, so it is great for me.
    At 181 i started this diet….lost 29 ounds in 30 days.
    Never hungry, even though i do NOT like watermelon, i did survive those days. There are substitutes (if you must). i used the old diet, and love it. No hunger, beautiful, tight, glowing skin, lots of energy, and the wgt stays off. And in response to the nay-sayers…this is a diet that lets you SEE and FEEL the wgy coming off, and it is a way of eating that transforms as you do, you WILL BE EATING ‘NORMAL’ FOODS very quickly. i found this diet fun and easy. And as far as scientific information…science is a testing ground, and this diet works…if you have the nerve to try it. Think of all the stupid diets you have tried before with little or no results…this one will PEEL the weight off of You, and it is DELICIOUS. i love it, have eaten this way since the 80’s and would never change…read the book…there is a lot more in there about your health than a diet list. GOOD LUCK & do it…you will not be disappointed…just thinner.

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  2. chic

    please please please dont do this to yourself!!! starving yourself to look better is not what you should od!!! dont you realize that people shuld and will love and care for who you are rather than for what you look like?!?!?! and if some one doesnt accept you for the person that you are (weight and everything included!!!, then they shouldnt even count. it isnt worth it dying to look skinny. NO ONE is perfect, and you should love yourself for who you are. but if slowly killing yourself, and malnutritioning your body to an extent at which you will probably end up being hospitalized is worth it, then keep it up. i guess its worth it dying for a good cause?!?1 well, this is a stupid cause…. dont risk it!!

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  3. SICK!

    This diet is dangerous and should never be tried! It promotes anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa beliefs and behaviours and the “scientific” information on enzymes and digestion is basically wrong! I am currently writing an essay based on this diet (I study Psychology) and it’s a short term fix for a long term problem. You will probably put back on the weight you lose and then some.

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  4. Jenny

    This diet is insane! If anyone can handle this diet you are my hero :0

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  5. Anonymous

    Jill, I don’t think people would feel comfortable with sending you the entire eating plan. You need to buy the book and read it before starting this diet, otherwise, you will be misinformed. You can buy the old version of the diet (which is the most effective one IMHO) on Amazon for very cheap. I think mine was about 5$

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  6. Anonymous

    I agree with the summary for this diet. It is low in proteins, and other nutrients. But I think it would work for some people. However I need protiens in my diet, so it wouldn’t work for me.

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  7. jon

    it was horrible that was the worst thing i ever tasted

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  8. Jill

    Please can you send me the 2/3/4/5/6 weeks eating plan. I only have the 1st week and would really like to start.Prettyyyy……pleasweeeeeeee

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  9. Anonymous

    this is rediculouse your body can go into failure and you could die

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  10. Hello

    can i replace the prunes with something else? what else works?

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  11. Cary

    Annie, just so you know I eat very healthy and exercise with a personal trainer and my weight foes not budge. I will continue to do my exercise with the trainer,but I will give this a try. It is very frustrating to eat healthy, exercise and not loose weight!!!

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  12. annie

    haha! thats the silliest thing ive ever heard! just eat healthy and excercise – thats all you need to do – not eat hardly anything

    gosh! haha

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  13. Intellectual Person

    You guys are stupid. This is very unhealthy for you so why would you even think of doing it?

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  14. Really?!?!?!

    Well, this all sounds great…except I’m allergic to most of the fruits!!! I don’t like using my eppie pen so I’ll pass…Good luck guys!

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  15. Ben

    I went on this diet a few years ago and it works. It is a wonderful way to eat. I highly recommend it unless you prefer to remain FAT.

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  16. Cary

    I just saw a friend of mine today and it had been a few months since I saw her. I was shocked because she looked much skinnier than usual. She told me she went on this diet and lost 30 lbs. I think I will give it a try, I like fruits so it shouldn’t be hard for me.

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  17. Annoyed

    This diet is rediculous anyone that follows it obviously has got no respect for their body.

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  18. dieter

    Yes the diet works. I don’t know about the new, but I know the old does. But you will have to put some will power with it. So I would suggest you get yourself some kind of activity to keep you busy. My theory is if you have nothing to do and you like to eat like I do you will eat. So stay busy doing something outside the house. Also the thing I like about it was I could see weightloss everyday which gave me the strength to keep going.

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  19. batman

    i just watched beverly hills chihuahua and i really want to look like the main character, so im going to give this a try 🙂
    wish me luck 😀 (fingers crossed)

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  20. Rudy

    You guys or whover you are, are insane, this diet is stupid and pointless. You should know that you are in American and with one of the biggest obesity rates the diet bussiness huge and don’t even work. They’re just a scam to get you money…

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  21. shadey

    if starving yourself is what you want then this is the diet for you

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  22. Kayjay

    Has anyone done the NEW Beverly Hills Diet? And did it work for you? I’m on day two now…

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Beverly-Hills-Diet-Lifelong/dp/1558744258/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1222165303&sr=8-1

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  23. Lorna

    I first went on the diet for three weeks, 25 years ago, lost 15 pounds, and have continued to live on the excellent maintaince program ever since. I eat an excellent diet and easily control my weight. I have lovely hair and nails (those yummy sesame seeds every night), and never suffer indigestion. Almost every healthy thing suggested in the original book has since been all in the news as a healthy thing to do. Many people focused too much on the actual diet part and did not look at the maintaince which is the most important. At 63 I easliy keep up with women 20 and 30 years younger than me.

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  24. mixx

    um ahahha, i dont know, i havtn tried it, i like my food so i dont know
    could work for some couldnt for others 🙂
    but i want to lose weight in a week, im not big but its coming to summer :S
    and suggestions?

    thankss 😀

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  25. Anon.

    does this diet really work?
    give me evidence

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  26. Mint

    think about it dieters, i know we all got this thought of fruits are great, but what are they most made out of? sugar. eating heaps and heaps of it will just make you high and the next thing afer it burns out will just causes you tiredness and low energy. but i still gota say all the food in this diet are my favourites… although I haven’t personally tried this diet, but i reckon it’s dangerous- low in daily calories as it said above, and also low in proteins, and many many other nutrients which will result bad poops and stink breath, bad nails, ugly toungh, pinples, night blindness and heaps of minor problems but they’ll be much worse if you keep this diet long, ah what am i saying…just think before you try no matter how great this diet sounds, you know what they say- starve yourself is very bad for you and like someone said “One theory of of this Diet is that – if the food you eat is not digested properly, it turns into body fat, well, if foods are not digested properly they cannot be properly absorbed. Therefore, if the food is not absorbed then it is impossible for it to be converted into “fat”.” so yeh….

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  27. Anonymous

    I haven’t personally tried this diet, but I would say it would work. I find when I go on holiday to somewhere tropical (queensland, AUS in my case) I eat a lot of fruit, and don’t feel like heavy meals. I always end up losing a heap of weight, like 14 lbs in a week.
    This diet looks great!

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  28. great diet!

    its great but not when it comes to weight. yes you do lose weight, but its not permenant.. I did it and ended up with great skin! ^_^ I did lose a few pounds but lost the majority on Atkins.

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  29. Someone ~~

    One theory of of this Diet is that – if the food you eat is not digested properly, it turns into body fat, well, if foods are not digested properly they cannot be properly absorbed. Therefore, if the food is not absorbed then it is impossible for it to be converted into “fat”.
    This diet may help you lose weight without any danger, but I do believe that they need to get hte facts right.

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  30. OMG

    Its called STOP eating JUNK!!!

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  31. Lynda

    My husband and I did this diet together. He lost almost 40 lbs and I lost 30 lbs. It wasn’t that hard, and you were never hungry, but you do get tired of pineapple, mangos, papaya, etc. but you do have days that you get to eat what you want as long as you conscious combine. It takes exercising afterwards and healthy eating to keep from gaining it all back, and then you still continue to loose. You just have to remember the rules. This diet is not for diabetics!

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  32. Julie

    I did this about 7 years ago and lost 15lbs. I kept it off for a couple years, but gained the weight back so I’m going back on it. For those of you who wanted the diet plan, I’m posting the 1st week.
    Morning – Noon – Night
    Day 1 – Pineapple – Pineapple – 2 bananas
    Day 2 – Papaya – Papaya – Mango
    Day 3 – Papaya – Pineapple – Papaya
    Day 4 – Watermelon
    Day 5 – 2 bananas – Dry apricot (230g) – grapes
    Day 6 – Dry plums (230g) – Strawberries – 2 bananas
    Day 7 – Apples or Watermelon

    The old diet is about 6 weeks long, this is just the 1st week… I have no idea how the NEW diet is.. But this one lets you add carbs and protein and there’re even days with your choice of desert or carb meal, and mexican or chinese dinners….

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  33. Amanda

    does anybody know the day 4 and 5 menu for this diet?

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  34. dawn

    forgot to mention – got me hooked on eating watermelon seeds with the melon – tasty, nutty flavor!

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  35. dawn

    My friend and I did this diet in 1988. We both lost weight and kept it off for years! We had a lot of fun doing it. There’s really good information about digestion, absorption and elimination in the book that most MDs don’t know or tell you about, but chiropractors or DOs have told me for years. We’re starting to hear more about enzymes and food combining in the main-stream news, 20 years later! Read the book! The brief diet summary here is pretty inaccurate. I had to get past the author patting herself on the back for getting the information – I’d heard most of it before.

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  36. thunder101

    I have done it before but went back to my regular eating habits and gained back the weight. I think it is good though and you do lose about 30 pounds in six weeks. I would like to try it again. Can someone put up the outline for the six weeks or at least the first seven days. I remember the first four days.

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  37. chasity

    olivia needs to shut it.
    im starting this tomorrow.
    i agree with rose you do lose a lot of weight so if you get to eat and lose weight i can dig it

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  38. Karly.

    I have to do a progect on this, very interesting!
    love it

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  39. Olivia haters

    did it !!!!! and it worked!!!!, shut up olivia it works!!!!!!!!!!!

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  40. skinny!!!!

    WOW!!!before i stated this diet i weighted 260lbs now i weight 65 lbs it really worked….and i just started 3 days ago…imagine what i will weight at the end of the week!!!!????!!!!

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  41. Rose.

    Gonna try this. Wanna find more info on it though.
    And besides there’s nothing wrong with starving yourself.
    You lose alot of weight =]

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  42. Kerra

    I lost about 30 pounds on this diet about 4 years ago. I have since gained some of that back so I’m doing it again. You don’t ever go hungry because you can eat as much of the approved food as you want. It’s amazing. And after the first 6 weeks of the hard core diet phase, there are just certain rules you follow-you don’t have to cut anything out of your diet forever. It is a lot of fruit and not a whole lot of meat although chicken is in the first 6 weeks of the diet-as much as you want on the approved day-but if you are a big meat eater it’s not for you. I don’t eat much meat anyway so it’s perfect for me.

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  43. Fatty Boomba

    this diet doesnt really suit my lifestyle… just so you know the author of this diet died… wonder what she had for breakfast, lunch and dinner… Strawberry overdose?

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  44. Lou

    I tried it…it’s fantastic. I lost all the weight I needed…about 30 pounds, in about six weeks. This was back in the eighties. Isn’t it more unhealthy to carry around all that toxic fat than to leave a few things off your plate for awhile? It’s not a life long eating style, just a temporary fix. Then be careful not to regain it.

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  45. Anonymous

    My friend and I both went on this diet in 1982. We both lost all the weight we needed in a very short time. As for the people who say it is unhelthy…well, it isn’t meant to be a lifelong way of eating; how can a few months hurt? Actually, it is much worse to be overweight that to leave a few things off your plate for a while.

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  46. thin already

    gretchen, how long did it take?

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  47. tulous

    only desperate thin obbsessed people would go for this diet. it basically is telling you to starve yourself

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  48. Gretchen

    OMG! This diet is TOTALLY HAWT! I use to weigh 170 now im down to 105!WOW! It’s a miracle, right? I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE IT! xoxo

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  49. bevrocks

    this diet is awesome! you get all your pyramid nutrients, but in a week rather than a day. You are never hungry on the diet, and can eat all day if you’d like…except in between food groups. I lost 8 lbs in 5 days and could see the fat dripping off my body. its not hard to keep it off if you follow the rules. anyone could do this diet, and the results are fast and pontentially long term.

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  50. Olivia

    wow… another starveyourselfthin diet… brilliant *rolls eyes*

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