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The Beverly Hills Diet is the diet that swept California and is loved by celebrities such as Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson. This food combining, fruit-heavy diet means you don’t mix food groups. It’s very low-calorie too, just 800 to 1,000 calories a day.
What is it?
Food doesn’t cause weight gain, according to Judy Mazel, creator of The Beverly Hills Diet, it’s eating food in the wrong combinations that does it. This diet encourages you to eat foods in specific combinations or orders.
Unlike most diets, The Beverly Hills Diet doesn’t involve counting calories or fat grams but if you follow the plan exactly, you’ll only be consuming about 800 to 1,000 calories a day. That explains why you’re supposed to lose about 15 pounds in 35 days.
According to the Beverly Hills Diet, digestive problems come about when you trap foods that break down quickly behind foods that break down slowly. So you should always eat fruit, which your body digests easily, on its own. In general, proteins should be eaten with protein and carbohydrates with carbohydrates.
If you follow these rules, your body won’t struggle to digest your food leading to weight loss.
Who is it good for?
People who hate counting calories and are sick of low-fat food. People who like fruit.
What are the drawbacks?
Some experts are very sceptical about whether food combining actually works. Judy Mazel, the diet’s creator, has no training in nutrition and according to some doctors, her ideas about digestion and food combining have no basis in medical facts. All that fruit can cause diarrhoea. You’re also likely to put weight back on again when you go back to eating normally.
The original Beverly Hills Diet told you to eat just fruit for 10 whole days but an updated version, the New Beverly Hills Diet, allows you to eat more different kinds of food.
You start the day off with fruit, as much as you like but only one type, just strawberries for example. Certain fruits are supposed to do different things to help you lose weight although this has never been proven. For example, the Beverly Hills Diet claims papaya softens fat, pineapple burns it off and watermelon washes it out of your body. After having fruit, you should wait two hours before eating food from another group. Once you’ve eaten something other than fruit, you don’t eat fruit again for the rest of the day.
If the next thing you eat is a carbohydrate, you can eat unlimited carbs until you eat some protein. Then once you’ve had some protein (even if it’s just milk in your tea), 80 per cent of your food intake for the rest of the day should be protein.
Caffeine is banned and what alcohol you can drink depends on what ‘stage’ of the day you’re at. For example, beer is considered a carbohydrate while wine is considered to be suitable only during your fruit stage.
Most foods as long as they’re in the right order and combination.
Typical day’s diet
Breakfast: As much pineapple as you want.
Lunch: Baked potato.
According to Judy Mazel, champagne is neutral so you can drink as much of it as you want at any time of the day!
Where to next?
Find out more
The New Beverly Hills Diet by Judy Mazel, £10.44, from www.amazon.co.uk.