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Basics of the Scarsdale Diet

Basics of the Scarsdale Diet

Registered Dietitian Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., introduces readers to the basics of the Scarsdale diet

Introduction to the Scarsdale Diet

In this article we’re going to talk about the Scarsdale diet. We'll learn what it is, how it works and why you should be consulting with a professional to do it right.

Losing weight is hard. It can be tough to regulate your food intake rigorously and also to keep a steady exercise routine going. However, despite how tedious it may be and the stress it may cause you, the outcomes are always worth it because you come out the other end healthier and fitter than you’ve ever been. Nowadays, it can be hard to know what diets and exercise routines to try. There always seems to be hundreds floating around. And while some of these diets are safe and easy to do on your own, sometimes it’s best to get the opinion of a professional dietitian to make sure you’re doing it in the healthiest, best way possible.

So, let’s start off with what does the Scarsdale diet entail? The Scarsdale diet varies somewhat from other diets in that it doesn’t count your calories specifically. Rather, it gives you a very strict food schedule you must follow. Typically, it’s followed for 7 or 14 days, with two week breaks in the middle. It allows for only three meals a day which are specifically planned out with no snacking in between.

Purpose and Risks of the Scarsdale Diet

This diet’s purpose is mainly for rapid weight loss. It is not meant for extensive use over time, which makes it not necessarily the best option. It’s not a bad one, but for these reasons it’s best to consult with a dietitian. In the past, the Scarsdale diet has been criticized for a number of reasons. For instance, the fact that the 700-1000 calories consumed a day are inadequate or the fact that milk isn’t permitted, hence it leaves the dieter with not enough calcium and doesn’t have prolonged effects over time.

While the risks for the Scarsdale diet may seem extreme, if you consult a professional dietitian they will be able to provide you with a meal plan that is best suited to your personal needs. Thus, you can eliminate any potential disasters. Limiting your food intake in the way this diet does can make it hard for you to receive all the nutritional aspects you need to lead a healthy life.

Making the Most out of the Scarsdale Diet

If you take on the Scarsdale diet yourself, you run the risk of opening yourself up to more health problems than actually successfully dropping weight and staying healthy. This rigid diet doesn’t have to be stressful or negative. By getting a plan specifically tailored to you, you increase the possibility that it will work effectively and also that you’ll be utilizing it to the best it can be.

You should consult your physician or dietitian for any additional questions you have about the Scarsdale diet. Don’t be afraid to ask their opinion and get all the information you need before embarking on this exciting journey.

Dedicated to Your Health and Fitness,

Registered Dietitian Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D.

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