The Beverly Hills Diet, by Judy Mazel, is a 35-day digestion enhancing eating plan that was first introduced in 1981. Mazel claims that improper utilization of food is what makes people fat.
The Beverly Hills Diet separates food groups into the following categories:
Fruits–carbohydrates that are a separate group due to the quick digestive properties.
Carbohydrates–everything other than protein.
Protein–obtained from meat, dairy and sources of vegetable protein.
Fats–avoid animal, saturated and trans fats, which slow digestion.
The premise of the Beverly Hills Diet is that food doesn’t make you fat, but improper digestion does. Mixing food groups such as proteins and carbs can result in slow absorption, turning fuel to fat. Judy Mazel claims that if your digestion is working efficiently, all of the food you eat will be metabolized properly.
How the Diet Works
Two words: conscious combining. The theory is that if you eat foods in the right combinations, the digestion works more efficiently, which makes your body run better. The result is that you won’t store food as fat. The basic rules of conscious combining are:
1. Eat proteins with proteins and carbohydrates with carbohydrates. Fruit should always be eaten alone and should never be combined with any other food group.
2. Begin each day by eating an enzyme-rich fruit such as pineapple, strawberries or grapes. This gets your digestion in good working order for the day. Don’t mix fruits and wait at least an hour before switching from eating one fruit to the next. For example, eat only strawberries. If you want to eat grapes, wait at least an hour. Wait two hours before switching to another food group.
3. Once you eat any kind of carb (not including fruit), such as vegetables, cereals or grains, you should eat only carbs. You should wait two hours before switching to proteins and the two should never be combined.
4. Once you eat protein, you should stick with eating mostly protein the rest of the day. Protein should never be combined with carbohydrates.
5. Fats can be eaten with protein or carbohydrates, but never with fruit.
The Beverly Hills Diet Menu Plan
Day 1: Pineapple, corn on the cob, salad
Day 2: Prunes, strawberries, baked potato
Day 3: Grapes
Day 4: Dried apricots, salad, pasta
Day 5: Pineapple, papaya
Day 6: Papaya, steak, shrimp
Day 7: Pineapple, salad
Day 8: Grapes
Day 9: Prunes, strawberries, chicken (or turkey)
Day 10: Dried apricots, papaya, pineapple
Day 11: Watermelon
Day 12: Dried apricots, avocado sandwich, veggies with rice
Day 13: Grapes, two bananas
Day 14: Pineapple, strawberries, binge day with discretion
Day 15: Pineapple, salad
Day 16: Dried apricots, pineapple, papaya
Day 17: Watermelon
Day 18: Figs, dessert, choice of protein
Day 19: Mango, pineapple, asparagus, potatoes
Day 20: Kiwi, binge day with discretion, limited protein
Day 21: Pineapple, two bananas
Day 22: Cherries, special bedtime treat
Day 23: Prunes, sandwich, choice of fish or other protein
Day 24: Pineapple, papaya
Day 25: Watermelon
Day 26: Free day
Day 27: Free Day
Day 28: Pineapple, papaya
Day 29: Watermelon or grapes
Day 30: Prunes, vegetable sandwich, choice of carbs
Day 31: Orange juice, melon, choice of sandwich with protein
Day 32: Protein
Day 33: Pineapple, two bananas
Day 34: Pineapple, papaya
Day 35: Watermelon or grapes