The original Beverly Hills Diet was considered by many experts as the first diet that offers quick weight loss results by drastic elimination of several food groups and severe limitation of calories. After its original release more than 30 years ago, Judy Mazel’s diet plan has undergone important changes that she considers essential in making the diet better than it has ever been.
For reference, the author lost 72 pounds in a mere 42 days. The new version recommends a healthier and more balanced approach of losing 15 pounds at the most during the first 35 days of the plan. While the drastic weight loss has been clearly revised, the basis of the diet is based basically on the same principle, which is combining the right foods for enhanced digestion and clear weight loss results.
The eating of fruits also remains a staple in this revamped version. Dieters are advised to eat one kind of fruit for as many as they can until they feel full. After the morning fruit, dieters are on a strict restriction period before eating another kind of fruit or food. In fact, the initial 35 days feature a number of days where the dieter has to depend on fruit alone for the entire day.
Dieters are allowed to eat one meal a day where the combination of carbohydrates and protein is allowed. The rest of the day is spent on food containing 80% protein.
Foods to Include in the Beverly Hills Diet
Fruits form a huge part of this diet and here are a few of the recommended foods: apricot, banana, pineapple, avocado, papaya, watermelon, apple, cantaloupe, berries, lettuce, tomato, kale, cabbage, parsley, sprouts, and others.
Sample Meal Plan
Bananas until the dieter is full
Kale salad with sweet potato and avocado
Tempeh with quinoa and shredded carrots
The author does not recommend exercise as part of the diet.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are encouraged.
- Perfect for fruit-lovers.
- Food preparation is easy.
- Initial 35 days have specific meal plans.
- Calorie counting is not a must.
- Eating fruits only for several days is not for everyone.
- Dieters have to keep seriously keep track of foods in the right combination, which could be really confusing.
- Low calorie intake during the initial phase is not really healthy.
- No long term plan to maintain weight loss.
- Exercise is not recommended.
- No scientific basis on food combination to attain weight loss.
Although the new Beverly Hills Diet is way better than the original one, it still has some large loopholes. It still glows with the aura of a miracle fix since it does not even recommend any sort of exercise to lose weight or even to keep a healthy lifestyle. In some cases, the diet can even lead people to quickly gain weight once they eat as usual.