A large part of the Scarsdale Diet is making sure you eat close to the right percentages of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. I found that everything hinged on obeying those three amounts. I tried this diet before I knew that it could have some bad effects on my body. The high amount of protein that I was having to take in was really hurting my kidneys. Also, I did not want to risk getting osteoporosis. If you do try this diet, I highly recommend that you only do it for a couple of weeks tops, minimizing the amount of damage that can be done. I did lose about ten pounds over two weeks when I was on the Scarsdale Diet. When I was on this diet, I did not really like the foods that I was limited to, but one nice thing was that the high amount of protein made me feel full so I did not necessarily crave food. Being on this diet also helped me increase the amount of water I drink every day. That was one positive. Overall, I probably wouldn't recommend this diet to my friends or family.