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The Park Avenue Diet

The Promise

You might not live anywhere near New York's famous Park Avenue, but you can diet like the city's Upper East Side ladies who lunch.

The 6-week program from Stuart Fischer, MD, promises to guide you through a complete lifestyle makeover so you’ll look and feel rejuvenated, younger, and more energetic. Experts offer advice on self-confidence, diet, fitness, fashion, beauty routines, and more.

The Park Avenue Diet features lots of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, with little dairy, sweets, or fats.

You get a daily menu, exercise plan, and grooming or lifestyle tip. It's a self-improvement guide that goes beyond the scale.

The diet includes three phases:

Phase 1: Inviting Success. The self-discovery stage takes the first 2 weeks. You learn the basics of Fischer’s seven areas of image reinvention and slowly start adding them to your daily routine.

Phase 2: Preparing for Greatness. In the third week, you’ll continue with the diet and practice all your new skills.

Phase 3: Making the A-List. You continue the diet in the final 3 weeks, and exercise more.

What You Can Eat and What You Can't

You get three meals, one snack, and a dessert every day. You also drink a lot of water, since staying hydrated is key.

The daily menu adds up to 1,200-1,500 calories. You’ll eat controlled portions of mostly fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, brown rice, pasta, and some dairy products.

The Park Avenue Diet mentions alcohol only to say that when you do enjoy a glass of wine, drink slowly and savor every sip.

Level of Effort: Medium

The Park Avenue Diet emphasizes low-fat, low-sugar meals with lots of fruits and vegetables.

Limitations: As you'd probably expect from a diet, you won’t find candy, processed foods, or full-fat baked goods on this plan.

Cooking and shopping: You cook and shop as usual, as long as you stick to the Park Avenue Diet guidelines.

Packaged foods or meals: No.

In-person meetings: No.

Exercise: Required. You’ll work out a minimum of three times per week. The book provides a suggested workout for each day of the 6-week diet.

Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians and vegans: This diet could work for you. But if you're vegan, you'll have to tweak the plan yourself, since it doesn't make suggestions specific to vegan diets. A dietitian can help you with that.

Gluten-free diet: This diet doesn't focus on gluten, but you can substitute gluten-free products for many items.

What Else You Should Know

Cost: Just your groceries.

Support: You do this diet on your own.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on December 30, 2013

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