If you want to look rich and famous, you need to be trim and fit. The Park Avenue Diet, which was created by Manhattan doctor Stuart Fisher — who actually has a Park Avenue diet center where he practices — is more than just a diet. It also gives you tips for a complete makeover, including beauty, poise, and fashion. If looking rich and famous can motivate you to lose weight, this could be the weight-loss program for you.”The Park Avenue Diet is a comprehensive lifestyle overhaul, teaching the dieter to follow the lead of the rich and famous who focus on looks and beauty as the primary reason for staying thin,” says Erika Schwartz, MD, a doctor and life coach in New York City, and author of several best-selling books on nutrition and wellness.
Park Avenue Diet: How It Works
“There are really no gimmicks in the diet part of the Park Avenue Diet,” explains Molly Kimball, RD, a sports dietitian at the Ochsner Health System’s Elmwood Fitness Center in New Orleans. “The diet, which is based on reducing calories, is a six-week meal plan that tells you exactly what to eat.”
On the Park Avenue Diet you will get three meals a day and one snack. The diet stresses fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, seafood, some dairy, and whole grains. Foods that are restricted from the diet include sweets, alcohol, fruit juice, and milk. If you stick to the Park Avenue Diet for six weeks you can expect to lose one to two pounds per week.
To motivate you to achieve the complete rich and famous makeover, Dr. Fisher includes other components besides weight loss. These are:
Each component has a chapter in the book written by an expert in that field.
Park Avenue Diet: Sample Menu
On an average day on the Park Avenue Diet, you will take in about 1,300 calories. Here is a sample menu:
Breakfast: Start your day with some yogurt and homemade granola.
Lunch: The diet gives you recipes for low-calorie soups you can make at home.
Dinner: A typical dinner would be sea bass with rice.
Snack: Everyday snacks include choices like baby carrots, chopped olives and capers, or pureed raspberries.
Park Avenue Diet: Pros and Cons
According to the Park Avenue Diet, you also need to pay attention to your appearance and personality to achieve physical and mental self-improvement. “In fact, the principles of the diet do work, and science certainly supports it,” notes Dr. Schwartz. Here are some other pros for Park Avenue:
Exercise. Low-calorie diets combined with exercise are more likely to result in weight loss. The Park Avenue Diet provides a six-week exercise program that you can do at home.
Recipes. Along with your daily meal plan you get recipes to help you prepare meals at home.
Counseling. Advice about the psychological aspects of weight loss and weight management can be helpful for some people.
The main drawback to the Park Avenue Diet is that it stops after six weeks and does not provide you with a specific maintenance plan. The other cons:
Caloric restriction. For some dieters the restriction of calories in the Park Avenue Diet weight-loss program may cause hunger and fatigue. This can make it hard to follow and limit the amount of energy required to exercise.
Ladies only. Advice on topics like hairstyle, clothing, poise, and beauty are not likely to appeal to most men and can turn them off to the weight-loss program.
Time-intensive. Since you have to shop for ingredients and prepare meals at home, the Park Avenue Diet may be too time-consuming for some people who work long hours.
Park Avenue Diet: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects
In the short term, this diet provides many benefits. If you restrict calories for six weeks and follow the exercise plan, you can lose some weight, and the incentive of at least looking and feeling rich and famous can be a motivating factor for some people.
For the long term, there is no substitute for educating yourself about nutrition and taking responsibility for your own diet choices. “The Park Avenue Diet is a short-term diet that tells you what to eat. If you want to learn about nutrition, consider working with a nutrition expert,” advises Kimball. You don’t have to be rich or famous to eat a nutritious diet and maintain a healthy weight.