The Scarsdale Diet

The Scarsdale Diet

The Scarsdale Diet has been around for some time. Developed by Dr. Herman Tarnower, this diet promises an unreasonable one-pound-per-day weight loss while you limit your food intake to specified amounts of fruits, vegetables and mostly lean sources of protein. It encourages the use of artificial sweeteners and herbal appetite suppressants to speed up weight loss.
There is no calorie counting, but meals are limited to breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Snacking is not allowed.

This Diet is a low carb, low calorie,lots of water eating plan.Drinking lots of water flushes your system and makes the weight come off faster. Although the Scarsdale diet was one of the first low carb diets, it has lost popularity to other low carbohydrates programs such as the Atkins Diet, or the Zone Diet.

The rigid eating program must be followed exactly, whereby the plan lasts for 7 - 14 days. Thereafter people then have difficulties finding a eating plan where they won’t put the weight back on.

This plan doesn''t advocate exercise for weight loss. It recommends no strenuous exercise for those over 40, unless exercise has already been an integral part of the day. Truthfully,


  • Fast weight loss (10-20 pounds/ 2 weeks).
  • Simple to follow.


  • Too low in calories for optimum health.
  • A very strict diet plan, with restricted food choices.
  • Recommending such a high protein intake can (in practice) lead dieters to consume more fat than is safe for their health.

Scarsdale Diet - Summary

1000 calories seems too low for our taste. We prefer to recommend higher calorie diets. But may be beneficial for some dieters in small doses, if they have little weight to lose