Scarsdale Diet:General Information
The Scarsdale Diet was developed by New York physician Dr. Herman Tarnower. He was a family doctor and a cardiologist in Scarsdale, one of the most prestigious districts in America. Having dealt with the problems of obesity and excess weight in his medical practice he decided to generalize his dietary guidelines in a book on the diet. Consequently the world saw the Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet by Dr. Herman Tarnower and his co-author Samm Sinclair Baker.
The Scarsdale Diet is a seven-to-fourteen-days diet plan that should be strictly followed. It is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and moderate in fat. Percentage ratio of the macronutrients can be divided as follows: 43% protein, 22.5% fat and 34.5% carbohydrate. If compared to the standard norms of a healthy diet the Scarsdale Diet is a radical change of one’s eating habits due to the high ratio of protein and decreased proportions of fat and carbohydrate.
After the publication of the book in 1978 the Scarsdale Diet became very popular among the general public. It has been popular before but only among the patients of Doctor Tarnower, who created the core idea of the diet back in early 1970-s. It was a nutrient rebalancing eating regimen for his heavy patients.
Unfortunately the author of the famous diet book didn’t live to see the success of his creation. He was shot by his long-time lover Jean Harris. This accident brought even more popularity to the book and the diet.
The Scarsdale Diet is a very specific diet plan. It’s perfect for those who don’t like musing over food choices. The diet states exactly what, how and how much should be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Though quantities are not so important, the indicated combinations of foods are more significant.
The idea of this eating plan lies in stimulation of fat burning process by putting the body into a state of ketosis. To achieve this aim one should follow the precise prescription of protein, fat and carbohydrate made by Dr. Tarnower. Moreover low number of calories (about 1000 kcal per day) will take care of excess fat that accumulates in fat storage areas since the body demands for energy and must somehow compensate its need.
This diet plan is good for individuals who want to lose quickly 20 pounds or so. It doesn’t really suit overweight people who seek for long-term results.
The diet lasts for either 7 or 14 days. After two weeks of strict low-caloric eating you can switch to "Keep Trim" eating which lasts also for two weeks. During the Keep Trim program it is possible to plan your own menus, increase food choices and consume more calories. After the completion of "Keep Trim" you may return to the Medical Scarsdale Diet and lose some more pounds. So, alternating the both programs of “strict” and “less strict” eating you can achieve the desired goal.
What improvements are declared by the diet?
At least 1 pound a day, so from 10 to 20 pounds in two weeks are promised to be lost with this diet. It is quite quick and promising results, though not necessarily healthy as it's stressful for the organism to adjust to these fast changes in such a short period of time. 20 lost pounds in a fortnight is certainly quite an appealing aim but don’t forget that there is not quick fix for your health. Being yourself and having faith in your own capabilities and will-power will compensate better for some extra pounds than the best and the most popular diet.