Mayo Clinic Plan

The Mayo Clinic Plan is a diet based on the clinic's healthy weight pyramid. The Mayo Clinic is one of the most credible health resources and this plan should not be confused with the fad diet.

The Mayo Clinic Plan book is available from Amazon, or see the official Mayo Clinic online program.

What About the Mayo Clinic Fad Diet?

For many years now, people have been using a crash/fad diet often referred to as the "Mayo Clinic Diet" - despite the diet having no connection or endorsement with the Mayo Clinic. This crash diet was very low-calorie, and nutritionally unbalanced. It bears no resemblance to the official Mayo Clinic Plan.

Food Guidelines

The Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid emphasizes fruit and vegetables - which are allowed to be eaten in unlimited quantities. Other carbohydrates, such as grains, play a lesser role in the pyramid.

The diet is one of the most healthful and natural diets to be found. Consuming ample amount of vegetables will not only provide a nutritionally-rich diet - but will also lead to satiation - hopefully leading to a desire to eat less sugary and fatty foods.

Sample Meal Plan

This is a 1200 Calorie Meal plan based on the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid.

Breakfast
1 large banana
1 cup bran cereal
1 cup fat-free milk
Herbal tea

Lunch
Tuna salad sandwich made with 1/2 cup water-packed tuna, 1 tablespoon low-calorie mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon curry powder, chopped celery as desired, leaf lettuce and 2 slices whole-grain toast
2 cups raw baby carrots, jicama and bell pepper strips
1 medium apple
Water

Dinner
Cod with lemon and capers
3/4 cup steamed green beans
1/2 cup sliced beets
Salad made with 1 cup Romain, Boston, butterhead or leaf lettuce, 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, a splash of balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 nectarine
Sparkling water with lemon

Snack (any time)
1 small pear

NUTRIENT ANALYSIS
Calories 1,208 Cholesterol 115 mg
Protein 81 g Sodium 1,413 mg
Carbohydrate 198 g Fiber 36 g
Total fat 18 g Potassium 3,302 mg
Saturated fat 4 g Calcium 541 mg
Monounsaturated fat 6 g

Mayo Clinic Diet Online

The Mayo Clinic recently developed a more consumer-friendly plan based on their research. It is a full online based program that creates meal plans, and offers numerous support options.

See the Mayo Clinic Diet

References

  • Hensrud, D. D. (2010). The Mayo Clinic Diet. Intercourse, Penn.: Good Books, 171.
  • Madaki, J. K. A., & Danjuma, S. A. L. I. H. U. (2014). Lifestyle Medicine: A Crucial Strategy for Optimal Health and Longevity. Jos Journal of Medicine, 8(1), 23-29. Link
Last updated 29 August 2017