The TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet, which is designed to lower levels of cholesterol, came in second in the best overall category, followed by the Mediterranean diet, Weight Watchers and the Mayo Clinic Diet, which each tied for third place.
The Mayo Clinic Diet provides a New York Times best-selling title in paperback, adding in new menu plans and recipes to help one lose weight, and representing the first diet developed by the Mayo Clinic in its nearly 150-year history.
DASH also came out first for the best diabetes diet, followed by the Mayo Clinic diet, while the Ornish Diet captured the top spot for heart-healthy diets with TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet coming in second.
The notion that grapefruit has magical powers to aid in weight loss goes all the way back to the 1930s, when the "Hollywood Diet," also known as the "Mayo Clinic Diet" (though the Mayo Clinic had nothing to do with it,) was all the rage.
In the first Mayo Clinic diet book actually endorsed by the Mayo Clinic, contributors start by describing why this program focuses on health rather than aesthetics, helps readers determine and accept what their healthy weight should be, and take into consideration all the excuses for unhealthy eating and exercise habits.
Levine called the findings interesting scientific observations about energy expenditure, but not weight loss tools--and please don't call it the Mayo Clinic Diet. The conclusions are based on meticulous measures of respiratory gas exchange performed in seven normal-weight subjects chewing at a frequency orchestrated with the aid of a metronome to "precisely 100 Hz" (N.