Mayo Diet

The Mayo Diet is a ketogenic diet developed around the 80s

It ‘a very rigid and restrictive diet because it allows the consumption of only a very limited number of food and energy intake of a maximum of 1,000 calories per day, and for this can be followed for a maximum period of 2 weeks.
In fifteen days of strict diet there are 2 free days off.

The Mayo Diet does not provide for the control of food portions: in theory you can eat until satiety, but the strong restriction of the variety of foods that are allowed to eat means that you do not succeed however to ingest over 1,000 calories a day.

The Mayo Diet provides 3 meals or giorn: breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food choice must meet the following guidelines:

abolish milk and dairy products – except in one day in the two weeks in which it is given a yogurt;
abolish carbohydrates and cereals, with the exception of a slice of bread per day;
abolish all kinds of sweets and sugar;
abolish all the fruit, except grapefruit;
abolish legumes;
abolish the potatoes;
the only vegetables that are edible are tomatoes, celery, cucumbers, spinach and salad, all the others should be abolished;
consume eggs every day, from 6 am to 36 weekly egg;
consume as an alternative to meat eggs and lean fish, cooked only steamed or grilled;
enjoy free tea and coffee.

Meal frequency should be handled as follows:

11 meals of eggs
10 meals meat
3 meals with fish
2meals based on fruit
1 only meal of yogurt.

Here’s what could be the eating pattern of the day

BREAKFAST: half a grapefruit, 2 boiled eggs, 1 slice of bread, coffee and / or tea without sugar
Lunch: 2 boiled or boiled eggs or 100 grams of lean grilled meat or 150 grams of boiled fish, tomatoes (or celery or cucumbers or spinach or salad, vegetables granted only) at will, half a grapefruit, coffee or tea without sugar.
Dinner: 2 boiled or boiled eggs, tomatoes (or celery or cucumbers or spinach or salad, vegetables granted only) at will.

Strengths and weaknesses of the Diet Mayo

It is a diet that aims for a fast weight loss: two weeks you can lose up to 7 kg fact. Being a ketogenic diet shifts the metabolism in favor of the elimination of fat. According to the principles of the Mayo Diet, the grapefruit is the only possible result, because it would help to further burn fat. The excessive use of eggs instead is justified by the fact that they are rich in protein and low in calories.

On the other hand, however, we know, however, that the egg yolk is also rich in cholesterol for which to time massive dose it has the risk of increasing beyond the limits the levels of cholesterol in the blood. The meat is also rich in saturated animal fats, which help to raise levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Despite then the Mayo Diet is a high protein diet, it is seen that being a very restrictive diet and no other important nutrients, proteins are not enough to cover the needs, leading to loss of lean mass. They were found sometimes vitamin deficiency and minerals.
Then it risks the loss of mass muscolarand even if mistakenly prolonged bone mass, resulting in osteoporosis risk. Also not being provided a maintenance regimen there is the risk of resuming kg lost when you start eating normally. We recommend it after a restrictive diet to follow a balanced diet, such as the Mediterranean Diet or Balanced low-calorie diet to avoid weight regain immediately and go to meet the classic “yo-yo” effect.

Based on this, if you choose to follow the Mayo Diet for rapid weight loss is recommended not to prolong it for more than 14 days and always drink plenty of water, at least 1.5-2 liters per day.

We must also remember that the Diet Mayo has nothing to do with the Mayo Clinic in New York, which is a center dedicated to nutrition and food science research. Each year the American clinic is forced to disown the Mayo Diet, as they wrongly associated or confused with a mass diet instead developed by the Mayo Clinic-based diet principles very far from the Mayo Diet.

For us it is very important to remember the following:

Any news or advice on diets or diets contained on the site shall be construed for informational purposes only. This information should never replace the personal advice of a dietician or nutritionist. Therefore, any decision taken on the basis of these indications must be understood as a personal and according to their own responsibilities. An indicative food program in fact, can not in any way a substitute for the medical choices, which is always the decision maker and the final charge.


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