Each new year it seems I am always looking for a quick and easy way to lose weight. I haven't found one, have you? It seems most of my life I've carried some extra weight. I realize portion control is my issue, and the fact I swear I have extra sensitive taste buds :) Everything tastes so very good.
For 2010 The Mayo Clinic Diet struck my fancy when I saw it at the library. I especially liked this book because it is written by a team of Mayo Clinic Foundation experts. The organization, at least in my opinion, is well known and well respected.
So what is this book all about? The weight loss plan is not a fad diet. It is a realistic, long term plan that for most people would seem easy to follow.
Part 1 - The diet includes a first 2-week Quick Start plan that helps to get you motivated to lose somewhere between 6-10lbs during the first two weeks in a safe and healthy manner. There is even an easy quiz to take to see if this is the right time for you to try and lose weight (are you motivated enough). It asks you to find what it is that motivates you to lose weight (better health, more energy, look better etc); adding 5 habits; breaking 5 habits, and adopting 5 bonus habits.
Part 2 - This section discusses setting weight loss goals, calorie goals, burning calories and more.
Part 3 - All the extra Stuff encompasses - Your BMI, why you are overweight, health risks, nutrition, the healthy weight pyramid, changing behaviors, menus, dealing with challenges, eating out and burning more calories.
MY THOUGHTS - What I liked about this book was that it was well organized, beautifully illustrated with color photos, charts, graphs, menus, and exercise plans (yes, I thought I could somehow avoid the exercise, but no it is not an option if you are serious about your weight loss success). I liked the book a lot, but I do have to admit that I did not learn much that I did not already know, EXCEPT that I was not motivated enough, at least right now, to begin this diet plan. The quiz suggested that I reassess myself in the near future, which to me sounds like a plan. To me that makes a lot of sense considering I will be beginning a new job in a week.
If you are looking for a sensible diet plan, especially one with a quick start option, and you feel emotionally ready to take the plunge, then give The Mayo Clinic Diet a try.
RECOMMENDED (4/5 stars) (Library Book)