Living: Diet of the Hour

Taking it off the Scarsdale way

In fashionable restaurants such as Manhattan's "21" Club and Washington's Duke Zeibert's, an inordinate number of customers appear to be feasting-or fasting, as the case may be-on the same simply prepared dish. Fish if it happens to be Monday night, beef on Tuesday, lamb if Wednesday. Peculiar? Not to these diet devotees. They are merely following the latest popular weight-loss regimen: the Scarsdale Diet.

Originally devised 19 years ago for his patients, the diet is the brainchild of Dr. Herman Tarnower, 69, a Scarsdale, N.Y., cardiologist and internist. Mimeographed copies of his diet gradually made the rounds...

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