While the Mayo Clinic is a trusted source of medical information and research, its diet may not be for everyone.
First, some people prefer the preciseness of counting calories. The Mayo Clinic Diet doesn't require calorie counting, but it does draw attention to the types of calories you're consuming. But if you prefer estimating how many calories you're burning daily and then adjusting your intake accordingly, the Mayo Clinic Diet doesn't prevent you from doing that, but it's not required in the diet plan itself.
Dieters will also need to learn and adopt the Mayo Clinic's food pyramid. Traditional food pyramids generally featured breads, cereal, rice and pasta as the base -- the largest portion of the pyramid. Instead, the Mayo Clinic Diet pyramid features fruits and vegetables, and suggests unlimited servings. Also, instead of the two to four servings of fruits and vegetables suggested by traditional food pyramids, the Mayo pyramid suggests unlimited servings. While it doesn't make it easy to adopt this new diet, it's not especially hard to acclimate to the Mayo Clinic's food pyramid.
While no fault of the Mayo Clinic, there is confusion about which "Mayo Clinic Diet" is the real Mayo Clinic Diet. The fake "Mayo Clinic Diet" was in circulation years before the real one, and calls for eating large amounts of grapefruit with promises of losses of 50 pounds or more. It was partly because of this confusion that the Mayo Clinic issued its official diet. Nonetheless, this may still leave some dieters confused.
Another drawback for many is the recommended lowering of alcohol intake to just 75 calories a day, and none at all during the first stage's two-week period. A single 5-ounce serving of red wine has 125 calories, and having no more than half-a-glass of wine may be an unrealistic expectation for some.
The positive aspects of the Mayo Clinic Diet far outweigh any drawbacks. In an age when "sustainability" is a buzz word, the Mayo Clinic has put forth a sustainable diet, one that encourages a healthy lifestyle and life-long good habits.
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