Scarsdale Diet Menu Plan

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Lose up to 20 pounds in 14 days with Scarsdale diet plan

14 days on Scarsdale diet plan and you’ll be nearly 20 pounds lighter. It sounds great, doesn’t it? And it’s absolutely achievable with some strong will, patience and desire from you side.

The Scarsdale diet menu and complete diet plan were created by Dr. Herman Tarnower (March 18, 1910 – March 10, 1980). The book “The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet” was originally published in the distant 1978 by Herman Tarnower M.D. (as the author) and Samm Sinclair Baker (as the coauthor).

Are you ready to start already? Take a moment to read Scarsdale diet review. I think you will find it quite interesting as Dr. Tarnower offered in his book not only easy way to lose weight but to keep it off forever through his Lifetime keep-slim program.

Scarsdale diet menu

Scarsdale diet menu does not require meal portioning. You can eat as much as you like until you are satisfied (not stuffed).

Breakfast in Scarsdale diet menu is the same everyday.


scarsdale diet menu breakfast

  • 1/2 grapefruit – the best fruit for breakfast!
    However if you don’t have a grapefruit at hand, you can substitute it for other fruit in season.
  • One slice of protein bread, toasted, no spread added.
  • Coffee or tea (no sugar, cream or milk, no honey).

Day 1


  • Assorted cold cuts
  • Tomatoes – sliced, broiled, or stewed
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water


  • Fish or shellfish, any kind
  • Combination salad, any greens and vegetables as you wish
  • One slice protein bread – toasted
  • Grapefruit – if not available, use fruit in season
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water

Day 2


  • Fruit salad – any combination of fruits
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water


  • Plenty of broiled, lean hamburger
  • Tomatoes, lettuce, celery, olives (limit 4), cucumbers and/or Brussels Sprouts
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water

Day 3


  • Tuna fish or salmon salad (oil drained off) with lemon and vinegar dressing
  • Grapefruit, or melon, or fruit in season
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water


  • Sliced roast lamb*, all visible fat removed
  • Salad of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water

* Can be substituted with fish, seafood, chicken or turkey

Day 4


  • Two eggs, any style (no fat used in cooking)
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Zucchini, or string beans, or sliced/stewed tomatoes
  • One slice of protein bread, toasted
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water


  • Roast, broiled or barbequed chicken (skin and visible fat removed before eating)
  • Plenty of spinach, green peppers, string beans
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water

Day 5


  • Assorted cheese slices (preferably low fat)
  • Spinach, all you want
  • One slice of protein bread – toasted
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water


  • Fish or shellfish
  • Combination salad (any fresh vegetables desired, raw or cooked)
  • One slice of protein bread – toasted
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water

Day 6


  • Fruit salad, any combination of fruits
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water


  • Roast turkey or chicken
  • Salad of tomatoes and lettuce
  • Grapefruit or fruit in season
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water

Day 7


  • Cold or hot turkey or chicken
  • Tomatoes, carrots, cooked cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower
  • Grapefruit, or fruit in season
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water


  • Plenty of broiled (grilled) steak, all visible fat removed before eating; any cut of steak you wish- sirloin, porterhouse, London broil, etc.
  • Salad of lettuce, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes (sliced or cooked)
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water

Thinking about going on the Scarsdale diet?

This diet is not an easy task and by our opinion, it is hard to prepare and to follow.
Despite that fact, it definitely gives the desired results …
Read our review

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There will be a lot of sharing and discussions about the original diet plan. Everyone is free to share their experience and weight loss results in our closed group. You will be able to post your before/after photos, as well as share advices on preparing the Scarsdale diet meals.

29 thoughts on “Scarsdale Diet Menu Plan

  1. Please send me copy of schardale diet please!I’m 1,60tall and overweight 76kg please help me loos weight fast I’m 37 years ol

  2. I went to the book store and order the book. It helps me to read your article . Great reading and yes I’m dropping weight

  3. Please send me a copy of Scarsdale diet to help my patient to reduce weight in an healthy way. Thank you so very much!
    Blanka F Yanes, MD

  4. Lunch and dinner on Tuesday is reversed. The lunch is supposed to be the dinner and vice vrsa.

  5. Who changed the diet menu?… I see the dinners and lunches have been switched around on at least a couple of days? The originator had a specific reason for the food combinations in his original menu… I’ve been on this diet 2 weeks at a time whenever I needed to the last 34yrs and works wonderfully just the original way…no one has the authority to rearrange it… Im sticking to the original menu because it really works !

  6. Hi, I am 69 years of age, male, 5’8″ 210 lbs. My normal weight should be 180 lbs. I take low daily doses of 8 mg. of Atacand and 10 mg. of Crestor. Is there any reason I should not try the Scarsdale two week diet?

    Please advise…….

    Richard J.

  7. Yes, origional diet definitely works. I lost 36lb in 4-5 months doing 2 weeks on one week off. The week off doesn’t mean you stuff yourself but you simply add jacket potatoes for example. This works for me as I have a slow metabolism and the 2 weeks on, one week off means my metabolism keeps working effectively. If you diet continuously your body gets used to the food intake, you have to keep kickstarting your metabolism to lose weight effectively and safely.

  8. please send me a copy of the scarsdale diet I want to try it as I have at least fifty lbs to lose thank you

  9. I just can’t seem to take off my weight. After not being able to really move for a year because of lower back and sciatica. I have since had my back surgery but continge to gain weight. I need help. Please send me a copy of the complete diet.

  10. Please send an original format of the diet as I have used it in the past, (maybe 25 years ago, and did lose weight).

  11. This diet is very easy once you understand it. Meat, chicken, fish, coddle, tea, diet soda if you must. Sugar free grapefruit cups make breakfast fast and easy. Sprinkle toast with cinnamon and Stevia for a cancer fighting tasty treat. Cut out all fats. 2Weeks 20lbs. Works like a charm! You can do anything for 2 weeks! Remember, eat as much of meat, fish, and chicken as you like.

  12. This is the only diet program I’ve ever tried. It worked for me many years ago, plus, I love grapefruit. I’m going back on it today and I can’t wait to see the results.

  13. I’ve been on this diet before and it requires some will power but it’s well worth it once it’s said and done!!!

  14. Please send me a copy of the Scarsdale diet to Noel Miller, 272 Beechpark, Lucan, Co. Dublin K78 Y032 let me know the ccost of what I have to pay, THANK YOU

  15. This diet is my go-to and has been for 20 years. The weight literally falls off. You can’t cheat at all but all that protein keeps you from being hungry. I make a special tomato sauce that I use sparingly on everything and it didn’t seem to make a difference at all in the effectiveness of the weight loss. Just take a can of plain tomato sauce with nothing else in it at all, add some powdered ginger, black pepper, apple cider vinegar and no cal sweetener. Experiment with the amounts of things you add. I’m on it again now…7 pounds, seven days so far.

  16. Can I have a protein shake first thing in the morning before breakfast?

  17. I followed 90% of the diet to take into account low carb, high fat and I lost 8 kg in two weeks. Nice

  18. I can’t find protein bread. Can someone tell me where and what brand to buy, I don’t have time to make it

  19. This diet wasn’t to easy but in the last 6 days I have lost 10.8 pounds!!! I definitely got the results I wanted.

  20. I have also used this diet whenever I need to loose a few pounds. My mom used it back in the day and recommended it to me over 20 years ago. I’ve recommnded it to many friends and they love it too. It’s simple and provides fast results. I usually have four lbs less by Thursday morning of the first week. A big plus, it sort of resets any bad eating schedule I’ve fallen into.
    Last note: google the diet, I agree that some sus are switched out above.
    Please share how it goes.

  21. I first went on this diet back in 1979, lost 48lbs in 3 months, 2 weeks on and 2 weeks careful. I never regained the weight as I just went on the diet for a few days whenever a lb or two crept on. I can genuinely recommend this diet for a good result. I prefer to stick to the original diet whenever I have to use it.

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