Scarsdale Diet FAQ

Will I really lose 1 pound each day?

The weight loss claims associated with this (and any) diet should be taken with a pinch of salt, so much depends on your personal circumstances. The average weight loss after 14 days on the Scarsdale Diet is 7 – 15 pounds, obviously it depends on many factors including how much additional weight you have to lose but there's a good chance that you'll be happy with your weight loss at the end of the 14 days.

Will I be hungry?

You might be a bit hungry for the first few days (see difficulties) until your body gets used to the diet however due to the high protein component, hunger shouldn't really be an issue (our bodies interpret ingestion of protein as a signal that we're full). If you do get hungry between you can only eat celery and carrots but you can eat as much as you like.

What can I drink?

The allowed drinks are water, diet soft drinks (any sugar free drinks), tea & coffee (black or with low fat soya milk) and club soda (with lemon to add flavour). There are no limitations on the amount you drink but be sensible.

Will I feel tired?

Again you might be a little tired for the first few days but this should subside (see difficulties for more information).

What about exercise?

Exercise does not form part of this diet. This is a restricted calorie diet so heavy workouts are not recommended, however if you do already exercise regularly and you feel like it, there's no reason why a careful light workout would be a problem.

What if I want to lose more weight after the 14 days are finished?

After 14 days you move onto the keep trim phase which also lasts for 14 days. The keep trim phase is similar to the diet phase however there are many more foods you can eat and there are no meal plans, only guidelines regarding what to eat/not to eat. The 2 weeks on/2 weeks off cycle continues until you've reached your weight loss goal.

The keep trim phase is designed to reinforce your weight loss and prevent your body from becoming accustomed to the diet which would mean less effective results.

Is the Keep Trim Phase essential?

Yes, unless you want to put the lost weight straight back on.