Jakarta’s Favourite Weight Loss Programme: Mayo Diet

The Mayo Diet is a quick weight loss programme that promises obvious results in 13 days. Shahnaz Soehartono tells you how to prepare for it, before you attempt it.

It was almost five years ago when I first heard about the Mayo Diet in Jakarta, more commonly known as Diet Mayo in Indonesian. I have done it three times, and each time I am amazed by the significant changes that I see in my body.

What is the Mayo Diet

Firstly, the Mayo Diet is adapted from the Mayo Clinic Diet. The adapted version is a 13-day programme that limits the salt, sugar and carbohydrate intake for the body. If the programme is followed strictly without any cheating, it can result in weight loss of 3-8kg in two weeks.

Now, I know that the huge weight lose makes you want to try the Mayo Diet immediately. However, as someone who has been through it three times, I can tell you that it is not as easy as it seems. So before you decide to do get on the Mayo Diet, you should know about its pros and cons and also if your body could handle it.

Surviving the Mayo Diet

If you are someone who likes your meals redolent of flavour, then you will need some cheat days in the middle of your diet to make you feel happy. However, note that if you do cheat when on the Mayo diet, you will need to start all over again from Day One.

Although controlling your cravings for food with flavour is hard, it is even hard to control your mood—my husband has told me to not do the Mayo Diet because I was mean to him. I do know of friends who have successfully completed the 13-days without any mood swings. I am sure that if you anticipate this and explain it to those around you, your emotional experience with the Mayo Diet will be different from mine.

On the physical level, be prepared to visit the bathroom every often. The absence of salt in food means that there is less water retention by the body. Hence, the water from the foods you ingest will be passed out quickly. The first three days could be the worse because you will probably need to go to the toilet ever hour, since your body is getting used to the new diet. After that, it will not be so often.

Everyone has different health situations before starting on the Mayo Diet. So some people may experience discomforts such as headache, nausea, rumbling stomach, and mood swings.

Achieving Results

As challenging as it sounds, the results after 13 days is quite obvious—you will see that your body becomes leaner. The best thing about this diet is that it will totally shift your eating habit—you eat in small portions that are enough to fill your stomach instead of overeating, and you will prefer eating fresh food. You will also start preferring dishes with less salt since your taste buds have already adapted to the bland food taken during the Mayo Diet.

Get Started

If you decide to do the Mayo Diet, there are lots of catering services that provide menus for it, such as Blekros Diet and Kelinci Tertidur. These caterers have designed menus that keep to the core of the Mayo Diet, but are modified so that the food has some taste. The dishes can be delivered to your door over the 13 days of the programme

If you like cooking and prefer to prepare the dishes by yourself, here is the suggested Mayo Diet menu that you should stick to for 13 days. Good luck!

Asian Sliced Beef Salad with Spinach and Carrots
Asian Sliced Beef Salad with Spinach and Carrots

Day 1 – Day 8
Breakfast: 1 cup coffee/tea + 1 teaspoon sugar
Lunch: 2 boiled eggs + spinach + tomato
Dinner: 50g of steak + lettuce drizzled with juice from a freshly squeezed lemon

Day 2 – Day 9
Breakfast: 1 cup coffee + 1 teaspoon sugar
Lunch: 50g grilled steak + 1 pear
Dinner: 80g steamed chicken fillet + 1 banana

Day 3 – Day 10
Breakfast: 1 cup coffee + 1 teaspoon sugar
Lunch: 2 boiled eggs + spinach + tomato
Dinner: 80g steamed chicken fillet + lettuce drizzled with juice from a freshly squeezed lemon

Day 4 – Day 11
Breakfast: 1 cup coffee + 1 teaspoon sugar
Lunch: 1 boiled egg + boiled carrots + 1 slice non-fat cheese
Dinner : 1 bowl of papaya drizzled with juice from a freshly squeezed lemon + 1 cup of non-fat milk

Day 5 – Day 12
Breakfast: 1 shredded carrot drizzled with juice from a freshly squeezed lemon
Lunch: 80g steamed chicken fillet
Dinner : 80g grilled steak + lettuce + spinach

Day 6 – Day 13
Breakfast: 1 cup coffee + 1 teaspoon sugar + 1 slice toasted bread
Lunch : 80g steamed chicken fillet + lettuce drizzled with juice from a freshly squeezed lemon
Dinner : 2 boiled eggs + shredded carrot drizzled with juice from a freshly squeezed lemon

Day 7
Breakfast: 1 cup coffee without sugar
Lunch: 80g steak + 1 pear
Dinner: Fast

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About Shahnaz Soehartono

Shahnaz Soehartono believes that taking good care of yourself by eating healthy and exercising regularly is your way of thanking the universe for the life that was given to you. As a host of the Indonesia Morning Show on Net TV, she is racing against time everyday to broadcast the news as soon as possible. She attains balance and peace in life through yoga, and challenges herself through Pilates. She is now a graduate student in IKJ. She loves reading books and her favourite genre is fiction.

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