The Scarsdale diet was started in 1970’s by Herman Tarnower, an American cardiologist. Till today, it is still considered as one of the most popular diet plans in the world. The whole idea behind this diet is to consume only 43 percent of proteins, 22.5 percent of fats and 34.5 percent of carbohydrates.
When it was first developed, little was known about the risks of a diet that is rich in proteins. A diet that is high in proteins is not recommended nowadays due to its ill effects on the kidneys and the increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Even when it was first developed in the 70s, it was recommended to be followed only for 2 weeks.
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Scarsdale Diet Plan:
According to the Scarsdale diet, it is possible to lose one pound a day. Lean meat, fresh fruits and vegetables are the main foods that the diet recommends to those who want to lose weight effectively. Only 3 meals a day without snacks in between is permitted. A part of the diet allows you to eat certain foods as much as you want, particularly when it comes to fruits and vegetables.
The strict meal plan does not appeal many and the diet’s ability to help one lose weight quickly is a major concern. However, if you are healthy and strong enough and your physician gives you the go-ahead, it is one of the best diets available even today. Just make sure that you follow the 2 week recommended period and not exceed it.
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How The Diet Works:
The Scarsdale diet, also known as the Scarsdale Medical Diet, is a 2-week diet program that is based on consuming a low-calorie intake. It recommends consuming only roughly 1000 kilo/cal in one day. A diet regimen that involves a high consumption of protein in the form of fish, lean meat and vegetables with low calories is recommended for the initial 14-day period. It is a quite a hardcore regimen that reduces the amount of carbohydrates that you consume drastically.
Once the initial 2 weeks of dieting is over, you go through the stabilization phase. During this period, you can eat a little more than you did during the first 14 days. You are allowed to consume 3 eggs per week, 2 slices of bread per day, nuts, jam that is sugar-free and a glass of wine per day if you feel like having it. Fatty meat, dairy products, alcohol, fruit juices, starch, sweet desserts, etc., are all to be avoided while you are on this diet.
The Scarsdale diet recommends consumption of at least 4 glasses of water every day. It is a well-known fact that water flushes out all the toxins in your body and helps in losing weight as well. Unlike other diets out there, this one does not involve eating in portions. You will need to count your calories for every meal.
Modern Take on the Scarsdale Diet:
Since the Scarsdale diet is a restrictive plan, it results in dieters feeling famished after a while, making them eat even more than they normally would. It is also prevents you from giving your body the essential nutrients it requires to stay strong and healthy. Due to this, the diet is not followed by many people today.
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However, there are healthier and effective variants of the diet that are known to help in weight loss; without the risk of losing too much weight or the need to starve yourself.
You can lose weight super-fast with the Scarsdale diet but it is important that you remember to follow it for the recommended 14 days and not beyond.
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