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Schwarzbein Principle

Schwarzbein Principle

Offering women guidance to live a healthy lifestyle.

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The Schwarzbein Principle is a multi-faceted program that incorporates books, gastro-intestinal testing, seminars, supplements and medical practitioner referrals. At first glance, the program seems very time intensive and confusing to the average lay person. However, upon further reading, it becomes clear that Dr. Schwarzbein has quite possibly uncovered a medical explanation for why thousands of people, mostly menopausal women, find themselves unable to lose weight, despite their best efforts.

Based on five common sense principles:

  • Healthy Nutrition
  • Stress Management
  • Tapering off Toxins
  • Cross-Training Exercise
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (for females who are peri- or post-menopausal)

Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, who is a graduate of USC's School of Medicine, has become a favorite of medical professionals whose area of care specializes in women, and has been endorsed by celebrity weight loss expert Suzanne Somers in her latest book "The Sexy Years".

Men, however, can also enjoy the program to success, as evidenced by the famous "Dallas" actor, Larry Hagman, who is featured in the website as a testimonial to Dr. Schwarzbein's principles.

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  • Program is often endorsed and administered by medical professionals
  • The Schwarzbein principle speaks to those individuals who feel they have tried everything and nothing works
  • The program is safe, and promotes a number of healthy living principles
  • Developed and managed by a medical doctor
  • Ideal for peri- or post-menopausal women
  • The Schwarzbein Principle is fairly strict and could make it difficult for the dieter who travels a lot or dines out by choice
  • For someone who is addicted to alcohol, caffeine or nicotine, one would have to first deal with that addiction in order to use the program successfully
  • The program does require the user to be familiar with a number of medical terms, and without the additional gastro-intestinal testing that the website touts, one would not receive the "personalization" that the program offers

The Schwarzbein Principle dictates the following:

  • Protein at every meal
  • No skipping meals
  • Eat real, unprocessed foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Add real carbohydrates and non-starchy vegetables

The menu plan should sound familiar to diabetics, as Dr. Schwarzbein ties weight loss, or one's inability to lose weight, to insulin resistance.

There are two companion cookbooks, one vegetarian, and one not, that include easy to follow recipes with full nutritional breakdown, making it easy for the home cook to incorporate the nutritional guidelines on a daily basis.


Dr. Schwarzbein has used her medical credibility to design an exercise DVD/VHS tape that outlines her principles on activity. By combining Cardiovascular, Resistance and Relaxation into one comprehensive program, you can restore a broken metabolism and heal the body. By using balance balls, resistance bands, and a heart rate monitor, the DVD/VHS format makes it easy to include activity from the privacy of home.


Dr. Schwarzbein's Principle is one that tries to demystify the conflicting knowledge and opinion regarding hormones, stress, toxins and diet, and how these combine to make someone resistant to losing weight.

In researching the program, one can agree with the principles as they are proposed, but for true success to be realized, one would have to employ their medical professional for assistance with navigating the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and the subsequent changes that the body would produce.

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My husband and I are 59/60 and are healthier now after following most of the Schwarzbein priciple for 2+ years. Yes, we cheat and have wine most evenings, and cookies at Christmas. but we have cut out caffine, never took meds anyway, and have found local and organic sorces for meat. Lvoe that we can have butter, it IS a health food!
Great program that makes physiological sense.

posted Mar 10th, 2010 3:10 pm

Victoria ROmo


I absolutely live by this diet. I am healthy, no health issues and I absolutely would recommend this to all my friends and family... Especially because youll live a longer, healthy and prosperous life!!! Thank you Dr Schwarzbein, You are amazing.

posted Apr 7th, 2009 2:10 pm

Chris Ray


The last 30 yrs have brought more "lowfat"options than ever before, and OBESITY has gone UP! This and a host of other reasons demand that these principles be considered. They have worked for my wife and I, and have changed our lives.

posted Jan 7th, 2009 11:36 am

Evelyn E. Lessard


As a low carb dieter, I have read abd tried most of the low carb plans, including: The Carbohydrate Adicts' Diet, The Zone, Atkins and Suzanne Somers. They all will work initially, but I find myself returning to Schwarzbein due to the difficulty of the Zone plan and Carbo addicts' plan, and because I always begin to feel terrible and feel really restricted. Her plan is slow, but I feel healthiest on it and do still lose weight, but much slower. I love being able to use a bit of butter, and other higher fat foods. It's all about balance and repair before trying to do drastic weight loss. I had written her off for awhile, but now, at age 66, I'm baaa-aaack.\n\n\n\n

posted Oct 5th, 2008 6:51 pm


I began the regimen under the advice of a physician and have not yet had the medical tests. First recommendation: drink more clear water and eat balance, healthy meals. I feel better already! To address the three "cons": --Yes you will need to do your homework in order to eat out and follow the lifestyle, but it is possible. The friend who recommeded a local doctor and SPII has done it. --Dealing with addictions Is *not* the first step and is *not* necessary to begin feeling better. I am proof--I drink coffee and use artificial sweeteners, both of which are "toxic chemicals." (Yes, tapering off them is part of the total program.) --Technically, yes, but it is possible to receive positive benefits without the tests. (FYI: I am post-menopausal.)

posted Sep 18th, 2008 2:49 pm

Jennifer Rosen

Dr. Schwarzbein may want to look into alkaline/acidic body issues for eating health as well as www.restorativeexercise.com for wellness exercise.

posted Sep 8th, 2008 7:25 am


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