It's pretty much a given that sensible diet programs do not endorse quick results. "Slow and steady wins the race" is the usual advice, and 1 to 2 pounds the suggested weekly weight loss.
That advice kicks in on Page 69 of The Mayo Clinic Diet (Good Books), but only after an initial "Lose it!" phase that promises a weight loss of 6 to 10 pounds in two weeks. Why is the venerable institution endorsing a quick weight loss in the first diet it has ever produced?
U.S. News talked to Donald Hensrud, medical editor-in-chief of the book and chair of the division of preventive, occupational and aerospace medicine at Mayo Clinic.
US News and World Report, by Katherine Hobson, 1/22/10