Beverly Hills Diet vs. New Beverly Hills Diet: What Changed?

The original Beverly Hills Diet was first popular in 1981 and is based on the book written by Judy Mazel. The new Beverly Hills Diet, which was also written by Mazels, is a revamped version of the original diet. Mazel claims that this new diet is better balanced than the previous version.

Changes: Nutritionally Balanced

The original Beverly Hills Diet was based on a plan that focused almost exclusively on consuming fruit. The New Beverly Hills Diet claims to be less extreme and instead focuses on eating a nutritionally balanced meal that meets recommended standards for nutrients. Despite this claim, there are days on the New Beverly Hills Diet where individuals will eat only fruit.

Changes: Animal Proteins

On the original Beverly Hills Diet, individuals were not allowed to eat animal proteins until Day 19. On the New Beverly Hills Diet, animal protein is never eliminated from the diet.

Similarities: Food Combing

As with the original Beverly Hills Diet, the New Beverly Hills Diet is based on the notion of food combing. Mazel believes the reason individuals gain weight is because eating certain foods in combination with other foods causes weight gain due to poor digestion. Both forms of the Beverly Hills Diet combine proteins with other proteins and fats, carbohydrates with other carbohydrates and fats, and fruits can only be eating by themselves.

Similarities: Weight Loss Claims

Both the original Beverly Hills Diet and the New Beverly Hills Diet claim that dieters can lose up to 15 pounds in just five weeks by following the meal plan.

Changes: Length

On the original Beverly Hills Diet, individuals went through a 42-day regimented program. On the New Beverly Hills Diet, dieters will only undergo a 35-day open guided program.

Changes: Meal Plans

The original Beverly Hills Diet had a very strict list of approved foods for the diet. Furthermore, meals are strictly scheduled and preplanned. On the New Beverly Hills Diet, meal plans are open-choice and no foods are strictly prohibited.

Similarities: Fruit, Fruit, Fruit!

Both these diets rely heavily upon the consumption of fruit. Both diets have individuals eating a wide range of fruits in large quantities.

Changes: Alcohol

Unlike the original Beverly Hills Diet, on the New Beverly Hills Diet dieters are allowed light alcohol consumption. Beer is considered a carbohydrate and can only be consumed with other carbohydrates. Wine is considered a fruit and only to be consumed with other fruits. Champagne is considered a neutral food and can be consumed with any other food group.

Both the Beverly Hills Diet and the New Beverly Hills diet provide a meal plan that is based on food combinations. On both versions of this diet, there is no calorie counting or portion control. On the new diet, no foods are specifically listed as prohibited. Warning to dieters, this diet is extremely low calorie and despite the claims of the author, it will be difficult to eat a well balanced diet. Numerous experts caution that eating a diet like this that is low in calories can lead to a reduction in muscle mass which will slow metabolism and can negatively affect weight loss.

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