Mayo Clinic diet book promotes healthy weight loss

Fri Jan 1, 2010 6:03am EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Confused by the myriad of diet books that promise to help you melt away those excess pounds to produce the body of a supermodel?

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota have produced a weight-loss program based on clinical research and experience that they say will help people lose weight and keep it off permanently.

Dr. Donald Hensrud, a diet expert at the clinic and a co-author of "The Mayo Clinic Diet" spoke to Reuters about why the program is so effective, the research it is based on and what makes it different from all the other diet books.

Q: Why has the Mayo Clinic decided to publish a diet book?

A: For a number of reasons. The first and most obvious one is that weight and obesity has become more of a problem in this country and around the world over the past decades. So, there is a need.

Secondly, many other people have been promoting so-called Mayo Clinic diets over the years but there has never been a Mayo Clinic diet book before.

Thirdly, we think the timing is good right now. There is a lot of scientific evidence for the things we have put in the book based on research and evidence that we have accumulated here ... We think we have a program that is effective, healthy, enjoyable and sustainable long-term.

Q: What is it about your diet that sets it apart from the numerous other diet books?   Continued...