The Park Avenue Diet
The Park Avenue Diet: What It Is
You don’t need to live on Park Avenue to have that well-heeled look -- all
you need to do is follow the Park Avenue Diet plan, according to the author of
The Park Avenue Diet. The six-week Park Avenue Diet program is more than
a low-calorie diet. It includes a lifestyle makeover encompassing beauty,
etiquette, poise, fitness, and fashion, designed to give you the look of the
rich and famous.
"The Park Avenue Diet can help everyone be more successful by working
from the outside in and inside out, because looking better is more than just
eating properly," says Manhattan internist Stuart Fischer, MD, author of
The Park Avenue Diet.
Dieting alone won’t do it, Fischer says. You also need to address the seven
fundamental components of your lifestyle to have a better chance of physical
and mental self-improvement. Those components, according to the book, are:
weight, physique, hair, skin, clothing, self-confidence, and interpersonal
"Two behavior modifications work on self-confidence and interpersonal
skills, and the other sections focus on appearance, which is so much more than
just weight. It is what everyone notices when you walk into a room,"
For the book, he assembled a team of experts (not including any registered
dietitians), each of whom offers a chapter of advice on everything from hair
styles and make-up to self-confidence.
But no matter how you slice it, this plan is a temporary, low-calorie
(1,250-1,350) restrictive diet with some added advice on other aspects of life.
It is not intended to be the sort of lifelong healthy weight approach that most
nutrition experts recommend.
The Park Avenue Diet: What You Can Eat
The Park Avenue Diet plan is a fairly well-balanced meal plan of
three meals and one snack, totaling about 1,250-1,350 calories daily. The diet
includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and seafood, as well as a
limited amount of dairy products and whole grains.
The book is organized into daily menu plans with recipes and nutritional
analysis so you can determine your exact nutrient intake. Anyone watching
sodium intake should be careful, as many of the recipes are high in sodium.
All the recommended foods are readily available, and there are no gimmicks
or strange food combination, even though Fischer served as the associate
medical director at the Atkins Center for years. Dieters are told to forego
sweets, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, fruit juice, and milk (except skim in
coffee or tea). There are a few dessert recipes that can be enjoyed on
occasion, but for the most part, dieters will need to satisfy any sweets
cravings with the natural sweetness of fruit.
"We eliminate artificial sweeteners, sugar, and most sweets other than
the few recipes included because, in my experience, sweet treats are like
giving an alcoholic a drink, furthering the temptation for more," Fischer
The book does not encourage dietary supplements, yet the author sells them
on his web site and at his practice (which is in Manhattan, but not on Park