What is the Mayr Method? Rebel Wilson Weight Loss Diet

By now, you’ve probably read about Pitch Perfect star actress Rebel Wilson and her weight loss journey on social media.  

The Australian actress has been losing weight with the Mayr Method Diet Plan.  Since she declared 2020 to be her year of health, she has been making steady progress toward losing weight and getting healthier. 

If you’re curious if the Mayr Method eating plan can work for you, read on to find out all the details. 

What is the Mayr Method Diet?

The Mayr Method plan was created almost 100 years ago by Austrian physician Dr. Franz Xaver Mayr.

Mayr created the program based on the belief that people damage their digestive systems with what they eat and how they eat.   So by cleaning up your act as far as gut health, you can be healthier and lose weight.

Dr. Mayr believed that by changing our normal diet and practicing fasting regularly, we can achieve greater health.  

For a program that’s been around nearly 100 years, I was surprised that I’d never heard of it. 

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Viva Mayr is located in the gorgeous country of Austria.

The Mayr Method Explained 

The Mayr Diet focuses on what you eat and how you eat it.   The basic tenets of this program involve eating an alkaline diet, eliminating certain foods, increasing your mindfulness around mealtimes, and chewing your food thoroughly.

The Mayr Method Foods & Nutrition

This aspect of the program focuses on good gut health.   If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that gut health  is SO important to overall health.   A good gut health diet is the cornerstone of living a healthy, active life.  

While some of the things outlined in these meal plans may seem restrictive, many do make sense from a digestive health standpoint.

  • Eliminating sugar, caffeine, and alcohol:  Sugar, caffeine, and alcohol are no-no’s for this program, so the Mayr method kicks off by eliminating these offenders.   Considering a sugar and/or caffeine detox isn’t a bad idea, especially if you are eating a ton of simple sugars and are constantly having to have a cup of coffee to get through your afternoon.
  • Eating a diet composed of whole healthy foods that are highly alkaline.  An alkaline diet is one that includes alkaline foods like broccoli and acidic ones like lemons that promote alkalinity in your body. 
  • Eliminating dairy products and gluten.
  • Eliminating snacking and junk food throughout the day which lets your digestive system rest between meals.
  • High-protein diet including healthy fats
  • Eating breakfast. Which means eliminating dinner if you’re intermittent fasting.
  • No raw foods after 4 pm at night.
  • No food after 7 pm.
  • No drinking with meals. Consume all beverages between meals.

Mayr Method Breakfast

This method encourages you to eat your largest meal at breakfast, a smaller meal at lunch and an even smaller meal at dinner.  So if you’re a breakfast lover, this program may be worth a try for you.  

If you are incorporating intermittent fasting into your plan, you will need to switch your schedule so you eat breakfast and skip dinner. 

Mindful Eating and Awareness

An important part of the Mayr method involves improving your awareness of food, being mindful while eating, and thoroughly chewing each bite.  You’ll need to stick to these mindful eating practices if you want to follow the Mayr diet method:

  • Never eat on the go.  Stop, sit down and savor every bite.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Stop eating when you feel full. 
  • Eliminate distractions while eating.  This means no TV, no cell phone, no reading. Nothing to distract you from being fully present and mindful during meals. 
Woman eating breakfast
Mindful eating is an important part of this diet. No distractions allowed during meals.

Mayr Method Chewing

One particularly unique aspect of this program involves chewing each bite of food at least 40 times.   Not only does chewing start the digestive process, but it has been studied and shown to help you eat fewer calories.  

Since you shouldn’t be distracted with anything during meals, you’ll be able to focus on spending your time counting each and every chew.

This methodical way of eating can also help if. you struggle with emotional eating.

Can I DIY Mayr Method Diet?

If you have several thousand dollars to spend (not including airfare or hotel!), you may want to check out the luxury Austrian resort/spa called the VivaMayr Center that caters to the rich and famous who want to lose weight and improve their health.   The Viva Mayr diet has become synonymous with the Mayr Diet Plan.

If you click on the VivaMayr page, you’ll even see a testimonial from Rebel Wilson.

The website is full of interesting treatments like nasal reflexology, intermittent hypoxic & hyperoxic training, and cryotherapy, which explains part of the steep price tag.   

Thankfully, if you’re interested in the Mayr cure, you don’t have to spend big bucks at a European health spa.  The VivaMayr resort published a book you can get on Amazon that outlines the process and promises “14 days to a flatter stomach and a younger you!”  

This Viva Mayr Method diet book by Helena Frith Powell and Dr. Harald Stossier includes a 14-day diet plan and recipes to help you get started. Dr. Stossier is actually one of the founders of the VivaMayr resort, so he should know what he’s talking about.

The book outlines the overall plan and includes shopping lists, meal plans, and recipes, so it takes a lot of the guesswork out of trying a new diet plan.

The Viva Mayr Diet: 14 Days to a Flatter Stomach and a Younger You

Questions about the Mayr Method

Not convinced yet? Here are some questions you may have about this trendy celebrity diet.

What foods are approved on the Mayr Diet?

This diet focuses on foods that are alkaline (foods that have pH levels higher than 7 when digested). Whole food choices are preferred such as:

  • Vegetables, fruits
  • Nuts, seeds, healthy fats
  • Gluten free grains
  • Meat, fish, chicken breast

Can you drink coffee on the Viva Mayr diet?

If you can handle it, coffee isn’t recommended, but up to two cups of black coffee a day are acceptable. However, you won’t be allowed any sugar, milk, or creamer, so you’ll need to like black coffee.

What foods are off limits in the Mayr Diet?

Throughout the 14 day diet, you are instructed to eliminate sugar, gluten, caffeine, and dairy. Alcohol, soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are also a no-no. You’ll also have to stay away from processed foods.

Can You drink alcohol on the Mayr Method?

Strictly speaking, no. This diet discourages consuming any alcoholic beverages.

What beverages are approved for drinking with meals?

On this diet plan, all fluids you drink have to be consumed between meals, not with meals. This may be hard to get used to if you’re used to drinking with meals.

How much weight can you lose on the Mayr Diet?

Hmmm…that’s the thing. There are no scientific studies that prove the effectiveness of this diet plan.

There are some good things about the program that may eventually lead to weight loss like intermittent fasting, mindful eating, eating nutrient dense foods, and avoiding sugars and processed foods. But those things can be done on their own without calling it a special diet.

Is the Mayr Method complicated?

The method isn’t complicated. It may be the perfect plan for you if you like structured programs, with clear food guidelines. If you’re looking for flexibility in a weight loss plan, this probably isn’t the diet for you – take a look at my post on healthy diets for women.

One nice thing about this plan is that you won’t have to be counting calories, macros, or anything else. If you’re looking for a plan where you don’t have to do much except follow the plan, it could be a good fit.

The Takeaway:  Is the Mayr Method Healthy?

Always talk to your doctor before you make any change to your diet or health plan.  

Since the Mayr program focuses on methods that are proven to improve your overall health like intermittent fasting, cultivating a healthy digestive system, and increasing your awareness and focus at mealtime, it shouldn’t be harmful.  Again, always speak to your health professional before you start any health program. 

I’ve never tried the Mayr method, but aside from counting my chewing, I don’t think it would be too far outside my wheelhouse since I already love the health benefits of intermittent fasting and gut health topics.  

If I had an extra couple thousand dollars lying around, I wouldn’t hate checking into a luxury Austrian spa for a few days to check out the program in person.

I’d love to hear your take on the program if you’ve tried it.  The Mayr method is definitely not for you if you’re looking for quick and magic diet pills to achieve your weight loss goal.

But if you’d like to improve your health without jumping on the Mayr bandwagon, check out these resource libraries for more information on gut health and intermittent fasting. The health benefits you can gain through intermittent fasting and optimizing your gut health are the foundation of good health.

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