Schwarzbein principle diet
Schwarzbein principle diet


The Schwarzbein Principle diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-protein weight loss diet.

It is based on a book by Diana Schwarzbein, MD, which was originally published in 1999. The main strategy of the diet is to eliminate or reduce "bad carbs," or carbohydrates that have a "high glycemic index." High glycemic index foods raise blood sugar levels quickly after the food is eaten.

The Schwarzbein Priniciple diet is used for weight loss, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.
There isn't enough reliable information to know if the Schwarzbein Principle diet is safe or what side effects, if any, it might cause.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if the Schwarzbein Principle diet is safe to follow when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


There is interest in using Schwarzbein Priniciple diet for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

The Schwarzbein Principle diet has two phases called "healing" and "maintenance." During the healing phase, carbohydrates are restricted, but leafy green vegetables are allowed. The maintenance phase allows a moderate amount of carbohydrates. This phase is meant to continue indefinitely.

The appropriate or safe use of the Schwarzbein Principle diet depends on several factors. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this diet.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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