Scarsdale Diet


The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet is a book by Scarsdale, New York physician Dr. Herman Tarnower and Samm Sinclair Baker, originally published in 1979. The book became a bestseller and (as of 2006) was still in print. The “Scarsdale Diet,” a low-carbohydrate, low-calorie weight-loss diet, is still popular today.
The original low carb, high fiber weight loss plan and the predecessor of subsequent diets like the Atkins Diet, the Scarsdale Diet specifies a very specific diet which is supposed to be followed exactly. A grapefruit for breakfast each day is meant to supply enzymes necessary for buring the 700-calorie per day diet. Artificial sweeteners are used in place of sugar. The diet is to be followed by his long-time lover Jean Harris, the headmistress of the Madeira Girls’ School, a fashionable boarding school.
In 2005, the American-based Food Network listed the Scarsdale diet as number two of its top five food fads of the 1970s.