Dr. Tarnover designed the famous
Scarsdale diet in the early 1970's. This seven to fourteen day diet was
widely promoted at the time, promising rapid weight loss, up to one
pound a day. Dr. Tarnover 's diet plan concentrates on eating foods with
high protein, low carbohydrates, and moderate amounts of fat. The
Scarsdale diet emphasizes drinking large amounts of water, at least four
glasses or more a day, to flush out the system.
Dr. Tarnover's strict diet plan specifies three meals a day, with no
snacks or alcohol of any sort, and includes lean meat, fruits, and
vegetables. His diet consists of 43% protein, 22.5% fat, and 34.5%
carbohydrates. Vitamins and minerals are an essential part of the
Scarsdale diet and artificial sweeteners and herbal supplements are
added to speed up weight loss. Dr. Tarnover did not include regular
exercise in his diet plan and it was not recommended for people over 40.
The nutritional value and low calorie intake of the Scarsdale diet are
not enough to provide the energy needed to sustain an active lifestyle.
Although Dr. Tarnover's diet promises rapid weight loss in a very short
period of time, it does not guarantee being able to maintain your
weight. In that respect, it may be compared to other "crash" or "fad"
type diets. Since exercising and eating properly are not emphasized, Dr.
Tarnover's diet is not as popular as it once was. It has been replaced
by other low carbohydrate diets, considered more effective as long-term
weight loss programs.