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Scarsdale diet

A highly structured diet meal plan, the Scarsdale Diet has been popular since 1970s. The first 14 days you follow a very specific program, then for the second 14 days there are still certain foods to eat, but it is less structured. This is a very low calorie diet, however, averaging around 700 calories per day.

A key feature of the Scarsdale Diet is eating a grapefruit for breakfast each day in order to supply fat burning enzymes. In addition, artificial sweeteners are used in place of sugar.

Pros : Scarsdale diet

  • Because the diet meal plan is so detailed, you don't have to count calories or grams of fat
  • There is no limit on portion sizes
  • Rapid weight loss often occurs rapidly, and you won't have to worry about hunger.

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Publications : Scarsdale diet

The updated version of the international bestseller promises fast, effective and flexible weight loss. Developed by Dr Herman Tarnower, the Scarsdale Diet has been popular for over three decades.

This book offers answers to a range of diet and health questions, five complete 14-day menu plans, and a lifetime weight maintenance programme.

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Example recipes : Scarsdale diet


4 ounces T-bone steak, all visible fat removed

Marinade for steak:
Mix 1/2 cup beef broth with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon Teriyaki sauce, salt, pepper and 1 crushed garlic clove or a dash of onion powder.

Place steak in marinade for 2 or 3 hours, turning occasionally. Cook on barbecue or under broiler.

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Verdict : scarsdale diet

This is a diet that will give quick results - however, with such a restricted calorie plan, much of the weight loss will be water and lean muscle. A diet plan review therefore indicates that you are likely to rapidly regain the weight unless you affect major changes in your eating after the diet is finished.