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The Scarsdale diet has been and continues to be very popular because it promises rapid results and is very simple.

It was invented by an American Cardiologist and the book, that explains the diet, was a worldwide bestseller.

The foundations of this diet are:

  • An ‘original’ balance of nutrients
    Compared to other diets

    Scarsdale diet 34 % 43 % 22 %
    Zone diet 40 % 30 % 30 %
    Traditional diet70 % 15 % 15 %
    Vegetarian diet 80 % 10 % 10 %
    The amount of carbohydrates and fats is less and, proportionally, the percentage of proteins has been increased. It is obvious that this is a weight loss diet therefore, but it is not recommended for long periods of time (i.e. do not follow this diet for more than the recommended 14 days). Calculate your body's nutritional requirements by clicking here.
  • Rapid weight loss

  • Various foods

  • Simple and practical

The Scarsdale diet

This diet is good for weight loss for healthy people that do not have any health problems or illnesses. It must be followed for a maximum of 14 days (two weeks) and then you should keep to a maintaining diet. If you put back on 2kg more than your ideal weight you can go back on the Scarsdale diet; in this case following the diet for just one week should be enough to return to the ideal weight.

Here are the fundamental rules:

  • Eat exactly what it tells you to
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Only snack on carrots or celery
  • Dress salads and vegetables with lemon juice or vinegar (nothing else!)
  • All meat must be very lean and cooked without butter, margarine, oil or other fatty products; cut off any fat (and the skin from chicken or turkey)
  • When you feel full, stop eating! (A rare occurrence for some people!)

Here is what to eat:

BREAKFAST (every day)

1/2 a grapefruit, slice of wholegrain bread and coffee or tea without sugar


LUNCH: colds meats (your choice, but no fatty meats), grilled or stewed tomatoes
DINNER: low fat fish or any crustaceans, cooked without butter or oil, mixed salad, 1 slice of toasted or high protein bread, fruit


LUNCH: fruit salad and coffee or tea
DINNER: lean, grilled hamburger, lots of tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, celery, olives, courgettes or cucumber and coffee or tea


LUNCH: smoked tuna salad dressed with lemon juice or vinegar, grapefruit or melon or other fruits, coffee or tea
DINNER: sliced, roasted lamb (all fat must be removed from it), salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, celery, dressed without oil, coffee or tea


LUNCH: 2 eggs, cooked without using oil/butter, light cheese, courgettes or Brussels sprouts or tomatoes, 1 slice of toasted or high protein bread, coffee or tea
DINNER: roasted or grilled chicken (cut off fat and skin), spinach, peppers, beans, tomatoes


LUNCH: light cheese, spinach, 1 slice of toasted or high protein bread, coffee or tea
DINNER: low fat fish or crustaceans, as much mixed salad as desired, made up of cooked or raw vegetables, 1 slice of toasted or high protein bread


LUNCH: fruit salad, coffee or tea
DINNER: roasted chicken or turkey, tomato and lettuce salad, grapefruit or other fruits


LUNCH: turkey or chicken, tomatoes, carrots, cooked cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower, grapefruit or other fruits, coffee or tea
DINNER: low fat, roasted veal, salad with lettuce, cucumber, celery, tomatoes and courgettes

After 2 weeks of this diet you must break the cycle. For more information, clarification about diets to maintain this one, nutritional data and recipes, see the book:

The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet, by Dr Herman Tarnower.


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