The Scarsdale diet – all you need to know

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Herman Tarnower M.D. – author of the Scarsdale diet

The author of the Scarsdale diet is Herman Tarnower M.D. He specialized cardiology in Syracuse University.

After more than 19 years of hard work, practise and research in the field of medical dieting, Dr. Tarnower published his book “The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet” in the late 1970s.

Back then his patients at Scarsdale medical center knew his methods for years, but the world was just getting to know the miracle called the Scarsdale diet. It’s the work of his life with continued success and endless interest worldwide more than 3 decades after his untimely death.

Scarsdale diet popularity nowadays and thousands of followers worldwide prove the diet plan works even today.

Scarsdale Diet meals plan

The diet menu is law in calories (about 1000 per day), also low in carbohydrates and very low in fats. You can lose one pound a day, which classifies the diet as a fast weight loss diet.

Scarsdale diet – how it works?

When you lose weight so fast it is proved that you mostly lose water, so don’t forget to drink enough water while on the Scarsdale diet. (Read the Scarsdale Diet advices about the water below)

It is also hard to keep the weight off, because your body can start to hold water again when you return to your normal way of living. Here’s why I recommend to follow the “keep thim” two weeks after you complete the first 2 weeks on the Scarsdale diet plan.

View Week 1 of the Scarsdale diet
View Week 2 of the Scarsdale diet

Scarsdale diet is not easy to keep. It is a strict plan and most of the people return to their normal eating afterwards, they even eat more because most of the time while on the diet they feel hungry due to the strict diet meal plan.

It sounds a little bit scary, doesn’t it?

Despite those “difficulties” there are good news:

  • You can eat until you are satisfied, but count your calories until they reach 850-1000.
  • You get 43% proteins, 22.5% fats and 34.5 % carbohydrates which is one of the best nutrient proportion for a diet
  • You can lose more than 20 pounds for 14 days if you strictly keep the plan

Scarsdale Diet Advices

  • Doctor Tarnower recommends his patients to eat only the filet of the meat and to exclude fatty and processed foods
  • It is always good to combine the diet with physical exercises to speed up the weight loss process
  • During the diet you need to restrict the drinking of the water (3-4 gasses) no more. Lots of water flushes your system and makes the weight come off faster

Scarsdale diet today

Throughout the years the Scarsdale diet has become more and more popular. It has been passed from hand to hand, ear to ear.

Nowadays there are many similar diets with some improvements and the original plan somehow stayed in the past.

View printable version of Day 1 to Day 7 of the Scarsdale diet
View printable version of Day 8 to Day 14 of the Scarsdale diet

scarsdale diet discussion groupJoin our closed Facebook discussion group about the Scarsdale Diet.

You are welcome to join here!
There will be a lot of sharing and discussions about the original diet plan. Everyone is free to share their experience and weight loss results in our closed group. You will be able to post your before/after photos, as well as share advices on preparing the Scarsdale diet meals.

9 thoughts on “The Scarsdale diet – all you need to know

  1. This diet requires commitment ,because it really does work. I have tried other diets and always come back to it because I know that I will see immediate results. You have to be willing to completely change the way you eat permanently to keep the weight off though. that is the struggle for most people. They think once the weight is off , now they can go back to eating the way they want.

  2. Yes you can make cocktail sauce to use on your fish. And drink plenty of fluids. This post is wrong, no where in the book does it say to drink less. It says to drink plenty of fluids as your body demands to flush the keotones out thru your pee.

  3. I find it helps a LOT to use plenty of lemons, limes, vinegars, and fresh herbs to drizzle over the salad or the other foods like fish. 1 lemon + 1 garlic clove mashed w/a little bit of salt + 1T low-fat sour cream is great over steamed fish!

  4. I like this diet because although it can feel restrictive at times, after the 2 weeks I knew how to change my eating habits to more whole and healthy foods. For example, I ate less processed foods and more healthy fats and I did not feel like I had to restrict what I ate or how much. I just became more educated about what I was putting into my body

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