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The New Beverly Hills Diet

The new Beverly Hills diet features the timing of foods, called "conscious combining". It emphasizes eating the right foods at the right time. The 35-day diet includes 21 open-choice meals and promises a 10 to 15 pound weight loss. The original Beverly Hills diet, first introduced in 1981, began with a highly restrictive 42-day initiation phase. It started with 10 days of fruit and didn't include animal protein until the 19th day. The original diet was highly criticized by health experts. A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) warned that the original diet contained medical inaccuracies that could harm people who follow the diet. The new diet has modified the extremes found in the original diet, and includes foods from all food groups in the first week. The diet was developed by Judy Mazel, dietary and lifestyle counselor and author of the book, The New Beverly Hills Diet (Health Communications, 1996).

The new Beverly Hills diet emphasizes when you can eat and what you eat together, rather than what you eat or even how much you can eat. Fruits must be eaten alone, proteins are eaten only with proteins and fats, and carbohydrates are only eaten with carbohydrates (carbs) and fats. There is a specific order to the way each food group is to be eaten. The morning meal consists of one enzymatic fruit eaten without restriction. You must wait an hour before switching from one fruit to another fruit. You must wait two hours before eating from another food group (proteins, carbs, or fats). After eating from another food group, fruit is not to be eaten for the rest of the day. If carbs are eaten after fruit, they can be eaten without restriction until proteins are eaten. Once protein is eaten, 80 percent of what you eat thereafter must be protein, for the rest of the day.

Mazel claims that poorly digested food causes weight gain, rather than too many calories. She believes that mixing different food groups together causes digestive inefficiencies and weight gain. For instance, trapping faster-digesting carbs behind slower digesting proteins leads to weight gain. Furthermore, Mazel believes that there are no restrictions with certain foods, such as fruit. She believes that the more fruit is consumed, the more weight will be lost. However, the JAMA study authors disagree with Mazel's theories. The doctors state that undigested food cannot possibly be fattening. Undigested food will not be absorbed by the body and will pass out with the stool, providing no calories.

"Remember, this is not a three-meal-a-day plan," writes Mazel. "You aren't confined to breakfast, lunch and dinner. You may stop and start as you wish, but do not go on to the next food listed until you have finished the required amount of the first."

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