The Scarsdale Diet – Fact or Fad?

November 12, 2012

The Scarsdale Diet – Fact or Fad?

For any diet to be successful in the long term it must be sustainable. The Scarsdale diet does not have that sustainability however its supporters say that it can help someone to successfully shed 20 pounds in 14 days. In fairness to the Scarsdale diet it is only designed to be used for 14 days and so perhaps it never sets out to be considered as a diet plan. Although it does give the possibility of doing 14 days on the plan and then after a 14 day rest period the plan can be adhered to for another 14 days.

Developed in the seventies by Doctor Herman Tarnower the diet states that a breakdown of the foods must be exact. This means that the diet has 43% of protein, 34.5% of carbohydrate and 22.5% fat. No specific mention of fruits or vegetables is given because it is said that by eating foods with the correct amounts of carbs, fat and protein ensures that the body significantly uses up the fat stores in the body. This point is challenged by the American Heart Association who advise that the best way to decrease your weight is to consume lots of fruit and vegetables and whole grains. They also emphasize that this style of eating reduces the risk of disease.

Other medical institutions point out that the Scarsdale diet is not balanced and lacks the correct amount of calories for healthy weight loss. They also point out that to lose weight healthily then an exercise regime should be part of the plan. Anyone considering taking up the Scarsdale diet should consult with their on doctor in the first instance to be made fully aware of any dangers.

Other experts point out that if you go onto the Scarsdale diet then you limit your eating to certain types of food at the exclusion of many categories of foodstuffs which are required to provide nutritional benefits. It is noted that by avoiding dairy produce you leave yourself open to calcium deficiency.

The Scarsdale diet limits calorific input to between 700 and 1,000 calories per day. Yet all major players in health, including government departments acknowledge that an average man needs more than 2,000 calories per day to remain healthy and to be certain that ample nutrients are received by the body. And those same establishments highlight that exercise is crucial when trying to lose weight in a healthy manner. The World Health Organization expressly states that an average adult will see benefits if they exercise at least 150 minutes per week. Yet the Scarsdale diet does not address exercise as part of its regime. This may actually be a benefit says Diet TV, who point out that with the negligible amount of calories being consumed exercise could do the individual harm or that they may just not have enough energy to actually do anything. Others say that if you follow the Scarsdale diet then you should not be surprised if some or all of the following side effects are experienced: extreme fatigue and tiredness, lethargy, mood swings, diarrhea or constipation. And if it is continued for more than 14 days then liver or kidney damage may occur.


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