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If you've found that most diets fail, how is The Mayo Clinic Diet different?

  • Mayo Clinic knows fad diets don't work — Many diets offer a quick fix and little more. Mayo Clinic is not in the "diet business" — our commitment is to your total health, for a lifetime. The Mayo Clinic Diet gives you everything you need to lose weight, and then keep it off.
  • Mayo Clinic does not practice "one size fits all" medicine —The Mayo Clinic Diet recognizes that no two people have identical lifestyles, food preferences or life goals. So we don't ask you to follow a rigid diet, eating exactly what we say when we say. If a diet is going to be sustainable, you have to enjoy it, and it has to fit within your lifestyle.
  • The Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid makes it simple — the pyramid is a revolutionary guide to making smart eating choices from the basic food groups.

Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H.About the Medical Editor
Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H.
The Mayo Clinic Diet

Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H., is chair of the Division of Preventive and Occupational Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. A specialist in nutrition and weight management, DR. Hensrud advises individuals on how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. He conducts research in weight management and he writes and lectures widely on nutrition-related topics.

Dr. Hensrud is a consultant in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, Nutrition and Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic. He is also an associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

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