What is the Scarsdale Diet?
The Scarsdale Diet, designed by American doctor Herman Tarnower, is made up of 14-day menu plans and hopes to become a lifetime eating plan to continue following. While you're on a plan, you follow a low-fat, low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet for two weeks, followed by a break. Unlike the Atkins Diet, the Scarsdale Diet lets you eat some complex carbohydrates like bread and fruit, which, the diet claims, is much healthier for you. Dr Tanower claims you can lose up to 20 pounds in two weeks.
There are five 14-day menu plans to choose from. Each is designed to give you exactly the right amount of fat, protein and
Who is the Scarsdale diet good for?People who like being told what to do. You've got to follow the menu
plans word for word. A two week plan can be good if you need to shape up
in a hurry like before a holiday, but if you want to continue the plan for longer then the five 14-day meal plans also account for this.
What are the drawbacks?
Critics of the Scarsdale Diet claim the weight you lose is mostly
made up of water instead of fat. Because they're only short-term plans,
there's a high chance you'll put weight back on again once you've
You must stick rigidly to the Scarsdale Diet plans if you want to
achieve the best possible results. Snacking is not allowed - unless
it's raw carrots or celery!
Breakfast always includes half a grapefruit which supposedly helps burn
calories. Lunch and dinner are mainly made up of fruit, salad,
vegetables and lean proteins such as white meat and fish.
Alcohol is strictly banned while you're on the 14-day menu plans. In
fact the only drinks you're allowed are decaffeinated coffee, black tea
and diet fizzy drinks.
What can you eat on the Scarsdale Diet?Fish, lean meat, cottage cheese, tea and coffee, plus lots of fruit, salad and veg. You are allowed some carbohydrates but in limited quantities and these mainly consist of natural wholegrains.
Typical day's dietBreakfast: 1/2 grapefruit,1 slice of wholemeal toast (no spreads or butter)
Lunch: A tin of tuna, salad with oil-free dressing
Dinner: Roast lamb (with all visible fat removed), salad with lemon and vinegar dressing
Drinks: Water, diet drinks, tea and coffee (no milk or sugar), soda water
Top tipUse lemon, vinegar and herbs on salads instead of mayonnaise or salad dressing.
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