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Scarsdale Diet


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ALL ABOUT THE SCARSDALE DIET!

Go to: ABOUT THE DIET

Go to: DIET GUIDELINES

Go to: EXERCISE DURING THE DIET

Go to: ADVANTAGES OF THE DIET

Go to: DISADVANTAGES OF THE DIET

Go to: CONCLUSION

Go to: DISCUSS THE DIET!


ABOUT THE DIET
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The Scarsdale diet has been around since the 1970s and was devised by Dr. Herman Tarnower. Unlike so many other diets which are very short or very long, this one meets middle ground at the length of seven to 14 days. Of course, this is still on the short side of things, but not enough to immediately dismiss it like many fad diets of today. The diet is based on a plan which uses artificial sweeteners and herbal appetite suppressants. The diet allows fruits and vegetables as well as lean animal fats. Like the Atkins diet the Scarsdale diet has been known to produce results, especially near the beginning. However, much of the weight lost is water weight. The diet is low in calories, so some weight loss has to be expected. However, like all the other diets which are based on restricting calories, we must be weary when approaching such a diet.

DIET GUIDELINES
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An example meal in the seven to 14 day diet period will look like this:

Breakfast:

1/2 grapefruit and cup of coffee or cup of tea.

Lunch:

Coffee and Fruit salad.

Dinner:

Hamburger meat with no bun, cooked vegetables.

Drinks: Drink at least eight glasses of water per day.

Other Notes:

  • No snacking allowed.
  • Plan must be followed exactly.
  • Artificial sweeteners are used instead of sugar in all drinks.


EXERCISE DURING THE DIET
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Exercise during the diet is not recommended for anyone over the age of 40, and for that matter, should not really be done by anyone due to the restriction of calories. Although there are certainly other diets which restrict calories even more, the Scarsdale diet restricts calories enough to not recommend exercising during the length of the diet.

ADVANTAGES OF THE DIET
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Like the Atkins diet you can expect a very speedy reduction in weight. The plan is generally very easy to follow, and portions are not limited in such a way which will cause you to cheat on your diet or want to otherwise not abide by the guidelines of the diet.

DISADVANTAGES OF THE DIET
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The weight which you lose on this diet is mainly water. That is a step above many diets which will cause you to lose mostly muscle, but not the ideal diet which will allow you to burn mostly fat. The diet is easy to follow, but is also strict in many ways. Otherwise, the diet is low in vitamins and minerals, and will probably cause you to gain back the weight eventually. Not immediately as in many diets, but over time.

CONCLUSION
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Like every low carb diet out there, the diet basically works because when you restrict carbohydrate you are also restricting overall caloric intake, and weight loss will pursue. Like most other low carb diets, the weight will come back after the diet is over. So, in the short term, this diet is ok, but there are far healthier diets out there if you are looking to achieve long term weight loss.

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