Smart Shopping for Scan Diet Foods

The Scan Diet was developed in Scandinavia–hence the name–as a weight management program relying on the high protein found in the soybean. The diet also claims to reduce cholesterol. Scientists working at the New York Obesity Research Center at Roosevelt Hospital recently presented proof that patients on the Scan Diet have lost more than 15 pounds on the average while experiencing a reduction in cholesterol. Scan Diet foods are soy-based powdered meal replacements made from a blend of protein, carbohydrates and necessary fiber as well as essential vitamins and minerals. The powder is mixed with water to create a high-protein supplement that adequately replaces meat and dairy products. Supporters believe that Scan Diet foods are ideal for reducing the risk of heart disease that comes from ingesting too much red meat. Another benefit of Scan Diet foods is that they pair people with a healthy high-protein food that they might otherwise ignore–the soybean.

What to Look for

Scan Diet foods come in packets. Each packet has 160 calories, 3 g fat, 6 g fiber and includes 20 percent of the daily value of 24 different vitamins and minerals. The Scan Diet comes in three forms, each of which includes a 7-day menu plan. One form is known as the “Attack” phase, which is designed to jump-start weight loss with five Scan Diet packets consisting of 1,200 calories in addition to the inclusion of eight servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The second form, known as the “Balance” phase, consists of 1,500 calories and was designed for a slower, more moderate pattern of weight loss. This phase includes two to three packets and adds lean meat, bread, pasta and fat to the diet. The “Control” phase is made up of 1,800 calories and is created to maintain your optimum weight. With one to two packets per day, this phase includes skim milk, and more carbohydrates. Scan Diet foods come in a wide variety of flavors and you can find them in powder mix packs or ready to drink shakes as well as bars for eating on the go.

Common Pitfalls

Scan Diet foods do not necessarily lead to permanent weight loss unless you are conscious of changing your eating habits beyond the duration of the diet. The Scan Diet is costly, so if you are watching your pennies, this may not be the way to go. If you do decide to pursue the diet, there are many health benefits, but do not embark on the plan before consulting your health care provider.

About this Author

Michele Kadison began writing as a child. Stories and journal writing helped form her voice, which she developed by majoring in Creative Writing at Hamilton College, N.Y. She is a regular contributor for various online sites, writing articles on a wide variety of subjects. Her recent creative work includes several scripts, a scripted ballet, and a book of short stores.