The Scarsdale Medical 14-Day Diet Meal Plan


Breakfast Every Day
Bullet  One half grapefruit -if not available,use fruits in season
Bullet  One slice of protein bread, toasted, no spread added
Bullet  Coffee /tea (no sugar, cream or milk, no honey)


Bullet  Assorted cold cuts
Bullet  Tomatoes – sliced, broiled, or stewed
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Fish or shellfish, any kind
Bullet  Combination salad, any greens and vegetables as you wish
Bullet  One slice protein bread, toasted
Bullet  Grapefruit – if not available, use fruits in season
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Fruit salad, any combination of fruits
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Plenty of broiled, lean hamburger
Bullet  Tomatoes, lettuce, celery, olives (limit 4), cucumbers and/or Brussels Sprouts
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Tuna fish or salmon salad (oil drained off)with lemon and vinegar dressing
Bullet  Grapefruit, or melon, or fruit in season
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Sliced roast lamb, all visible fat removed
Bullet  Salad of lettuce,tomatoes,cucumbers,celery
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Two eggs, any style (no fat used in cooking)
Bullet  Low-fat cottage cheese
Bullet  Zucchini, or string beans, or sliced/stewed tomatoes
Bullet  One slice of protein bread, toasted
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Roast, broiled or barbequed chicken (skin and visible fat removed before eating)
Bullet  Plenty of spinach, green peppers, string beans
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Assorted cheese slices (preferably lowfat)
Bullet  Spinach, all you want
Bullet  One slice of protein bread, toasted
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Fish or shellfish
Bullet  Combination salad (any fresh vegetables desired, raw or cooked)
Bullet  One slice of protein bread, toasted
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Fruit salad, any combination of fruits
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Roast turkey or chicken
Bullet  Salad of tomatoes and lettuce
Bullet  Grapefruit or fruit in season
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Cold or hot turkey or chicken
Bullet  Tomatoes, carrots, cooked cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower
Bullet  Grapefruit, or fruit in season
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water
Bullet  Plenty of broiled (grilled) steak, all visible fat removed before eating; any cut of steak you wish- sirloin, porterhouse, London broil, etc.
Bullet  Salad of lettuce, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes (sliced or cooked)
Bullet  Brussels Sprouts
Bullet  Coffee/Tea/Diet Soda/Water



Bullet  Vegetables not permitted are corn, peas, potatoes, lentils and any beans, except green beans or waxed beans.
Bullet  Where no portion is indicated, you can eat as much as you like.
Bullet  Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed.
Bullet  Between meals you can snack on carrots, celery
Bullet  Cooking with herbs, seasonings, spices, grated onion, minced parsley is recommended.
Bullet  Salt, Non-stick vegetable spray, cocktail sauce, ketchup, chili sauce & mustard are all permitted, but should be used within moderation.

Scarsdale Medical Diet – Substitute Lunch

If you wish, you may substitute the following lunch for any lunch, any day, on the Scarsdale Medical Diet.

Bullet  One half cup low-fat pot cheese or cottage cheese, mixed with one tablespoon of low-fat sour cream
Bullet  Sliced fruit, all you want
Bullet  6 halves of walnuts or pecans, whole or chopped, and mixed with above or sprinkled over the fruit
Bullet  Coffee/tea/no-sugar diet soda of any flavor

Second Week of Scarsdale Medical Diet

Repeat all menus of the first week. It’s as simple as that. If after fourteen days, you still need to lose weight, switch to Keep-Trim Eating for two weeks.

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38 Responses to “The Scarsdale Medical 14-Day Diet Meal Plan”

  1. claudia crisostomo May 27, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    I know the scardalle diet for more than 20 years and it’s really works! Worked out to me everytime I need to loose some kilos, and don’t worrie you I’ll not put back those if you eat health and with moderation on eating junk food,fat ,alcohool,or sweets. Força! Its works,works,works!!

  2. francis October 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    if you stick to it ver batium you can lose a ton the first week

  3. Anonymous January 30, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Hi I’ve been on the diet now for 5 days and have lost 8.8 pounds – really hoping to hit the 20 pound target at the end of the 14 days! Amanda

  4. Bhavna February 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    I want to loose 6kgs . I want to start the diet being vegetarian I am bit confused for the no veg substitute.

  5. Jann February 12, 2012 at 1:50 am #

    Works like a trooper and also gets cholesterol down

  6. Yajaira Bezares March 4, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Hello, This lose weight diet is the best it’s make sense with my normal dieting, and since I do eat alot does hurt all my other dieting ways, its a when you been to on the bad woman off your normals dieting type diet diet. The new book looks Okay I have the old one, thanks, my mom thanks too cause its just a reforcement of what she feeds oh she grown now I’m bothered in ways then. Love you Mommy! Oh I change it tons of ways you first timers are funny, “she said I been on the diet for 5 days” well I’ve been using The Dotor Scardale for years, youngen. She said, “wow it really work’s” Like yeah it’s the question do YOU work your body, To Wong Foo! Ladies! To Wong Foo!(the movie)

    Much love to scardale, I needs to eat! Never try not too that don’t make any sense.

  7. Alchemy March 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    This is great for all those that have lost weight, but I think the amount of pounds loose is relative to the person’s starting weight in the first place. I only weigh 130 and need to loose about 15 lbs, but I doubt if this diet will make me even loose 3 lbs in a week. I will probably need to incorporate cardio at least 3x or more a week to achieve even that.

  8. Wanda March 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    It has always worked for me .Twenty yrs. and counting.

  9. Wanda March 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    It has been working for me for the last 20yrs.

  10. tubs March 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    I’m going to try this, I am bookmarking so I can write my results in 14 days from tom. seems like it will be difficult with not much good tasting/reward food. we’ll see.

  11. Dottie March 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    The Scarsdale Diet is the only one that works for me… Especially when u eat out a lot like we do! That’s the great thing about it. It is simple to just go buy your food for two weeks, but if u have to eat out u just make the right choices from the list. Also, it is easy to make & feed other members of the family that are NOT dieting! Forget all the trouble of counting calories & eating boring- same soup every day! This is simple & easy $ WORKS! I have used it over 20 yrs & love the recipes ( in the old book) especially the salad dressings!!!!

  12. Leila April 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    27 years ago, went on it 20 lbs for 14 days, then 14 in ten days. Since then I take coffee black. This is the Real McCoy, hahah! the best thing is you learn to eat healthier, but the reason one over eats stress, compensation, o other reason will have to be treated separately, but this diet works if follow to the T.

  13. neeyah April 27, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    love scarsdale diet! it never fails me.

    i discovered this from a coworker 7 years ago. she was about to get married that time and one time i saw her passed by me and didnt recognize her. she lost a ton of weight and in just a month’s time!

    i’m not really overweight (i was between 117-120) but that time i needed to lose 10lbs so bad so i tried it. i lost 3 lbs in a week, and take note i was cheating for a bit (i love my sweets and i sometimes can’t help going to italian restos)… but still 3 lbs is good!

    i would also do the kip trim after that and it does help me maintain my weight…when i let go of myself again, specially during holidays, i’ll just go back to scarsdale again…been doing it still til now….

    i did notice that you have to rest for a month or so to make this effective again… somehow i think my body kinda adjusts to my scarsdale eating habits that when i do scarsdale for 4 weeks in a row i wouldn’t lose a pound! so keep trim should be done in conjuction with scarsdale…

  14. successful May 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    It is day two for me and I’m excited to see some results. I only need to lose about 15 pounds like the previous post so I hope it works. How often are you supposed to weigh yourself?

  15. Val May 19, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    I tried this diet many years ago and I did lose 30 pounds the first month.
    I have made some bad choices over the years and now plan to go back on this again. My Hubby is going to do it with me. My Mom wants to lose another 10 pounds so she is considering it also.

  16. Diane June 1, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    I did this diet and it really work, i lost 10 pounds in 14 days and never feel hungry, thanks scarsdale.

  17. nadia June 11, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    i know this diet about 7 years ago and every time i need a diet i don’t hesitate to go through it,amazing diet so easy, so fair and i lost a lot of my extra kilos around 10 kg, am so proud,

  18. JOYCE D July 16, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    I have been doing the scarsdale diet since 1982 and have always been able to
    maintain my weight. It is a miracle diet and truly works. The food is simple and
    easy to fix and for the rest of the folks in the family you can always plan something
    along the same line for them to eat. Thanks so much.

  19. Susette July 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    This diet works. It’s the only diet that works for me when I want to lose weight unfortunately over the years I go back to my old ways of eating rather than following and sticking to keep trim and the four pound stop signal to maintain my weight which is what I am doing now. This diet is easy to stick too once you get into the habit of doing it and it certainly helps me to get a handle of my eating habits and changes the way I eat. I am not hungry whilst on the diet and the meal plans are simple to follow and to prepare. I have recommended this diet to several people.

  20. matt August 29, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    I have been doing this diet for 5 days and went from 220 to 211.6. The most drastic change i have had so far was during the frist 3 days, and have been keeping the wight off. One thing i would advise is to have a stool softer ready and multi-vitamines because of the lack of calcium you get. Also try instead of coffee green tea with mint and lemon grass.

  21. Czerylyn September 1, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Hi do i need to eat all the foods that required in the list in dinner time?

  22. Lyn October 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    I lost a lot of weight back in the late 70′s and early 80′s with this diet. I was in college at the time and it came off easy. Now I am 52 have been on it for four days, I have lost 4 pounds and very happy about that. I will have to be honest and say that I am hungry all the time! The carrots and celery do not fill me up or starve off the hunger pains. I am not really over weight, I would be happy losing 10-15 pounds. I am happy with the 4 pounds in 4 days, but my metabolism has definitely slowed down.

  23. jean December 29, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    I was on this years ago and it does work….however, I was ALWAYS hungry. I said at the time that I would strangle the good doctor, but girlfriend shot him first!!

  24. Kat September 4, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    My mom and I are both on this diet right now. My mom and dad did it in the 80s and always lost weight with it and have been going back to it ever since when things get a little out of control!

    I am addicted to sugar and this diet helps me to kick the addiction. I have to do it for about 12 weeks alternating keep trim with scarsdale diet and then you can put sugar in front of me and I have no desire to eat it. I do the diet for about 12 weeks every two years and then other than that eat what I want and I have been able to maintain my weight within 5 lbs from my senior year of high school.

    I am 5’4” and normal weight is about 140 lbs, very muscular, size 4 or 6 just to give you an idea. My mom is 5’7” somewhat muscular and around 145 lbs. My Dad is 6’2” and weighs about 250. Just to give you an idea it works for all body types.

    It is a great eating plan and can be modified to fit gluten free, calorie/point counting, or paleo lifestyles.

    I am on day 3 and have lost 3 pounds in the first three days. It is very hard for me to say no to dessert during this diet but I remind myself that after I do the diet I won’t even want it anymore. Literally sugar doesn’t taste the same after you do this diet and you will begin to crave steak and veggies! It is hard during the first round but it gets easier.

  25. Char N October 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    Are avocados ok?

  26. Chris January 22, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    My husband and I are both on this diet plan right now. Within the 2weeks my husband lost 12lbs and I lost 6lbs. His goal was to drop 15-20lbs and my goal was 10-15lbs. He has changed to the modified diet plan and I am still working on dropping 10lbs more. We both have also increased our exercise regiment and that has also helped with not only dropping the weight but toning along the way. We are both 52years old and my husband is 6foot and now weighs 200, I am am 5foot and not weigh 126, my goal is 116….so I shall continue to work on dropping my last 10lbs….Scarsdale does work….

  27. nancy February 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    starting tomorrow!!! yippppeeee have used this be for it does really work…..i’ll keep u posted

  28. Val March 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

    I tried this diet 20 years ago and it worked great. Going to try it again because with Menopause I have put on 20 pounds.

  29. Lynda May 28, 2015 at 4:12 am #

    I went on this diet years ago and it worked great! I am starting again on Monday! I can’t wait!

  30. Stephanie July 6, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    I used this diet many many years ago and it worked like a charm! I am headed out to the grocery store now and hope to see similar results. Although this time I need to lose approx. 50, so I’m in it for the long haul. I’m looking forward to fitting in some of my clothes that I haven’t been able to send to Goodwill! :)

  31. Kh August 29, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    This diet really works. I did this 5 years ago and am going to do it again. I’ll check back in. One thing, I don’t like eggs. I just skipped them but would like a substitue. The older I get Im finding it really difficult to lose weight, even with religous excercise. Going to start Monday. I’ll check in two weeks from then.

  32. Christina September 7, 2015 at 3:32 am #

    MY family on both sides are heavy, I remember my mother reading the Scarsdale diet book back in the 70′s and losing a ton of weight, I was only in JR High back then and did not need to lose weight at that point but after my children were born I packed on an enormous amount of weight and reaching a whopping 242 lbs. I tried all the fad diets and pre-packaged diets and would lose 10- 15 lbs. here and there but never as much as I needed, then I came across my moms Scarsdale book and decided to give it a try, In short this diet works and you don’t have to starve to do it, I lost 100 lbs and continue to use this diet to maintain my weight!!

  33. pauline September 8, 2015 at 4:46 am #

    hi I have been on this diet for 10 days now and have already lost 9lbs I do get hungrey sometimes but I drink water plenty.. so it sees me through to my next meal .I would recommend this to anyone as it does work…and the good thing is its 2 on and 2 off its not a long drawn out diet.i can feel the difference already.. and the good thing is if I do put a little weight back on I will go back on it

  34. Maxine September 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    My daughter and went on this for 2 weeks before her wedding 14 yrs ago.. It worked, we had to call and get our dresses alerted 2 days before the wedding. Thank God it all worked out fine, the diet and the dresses. Plan on trying this plan again, need to lose 30 pds,

  35. Anonymous September 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    I don’t like cottage cheese, what can be substituted for that?

  36. Hilary November 3, 2016 at 6:39 am #

    I have lost 4 lbs. in 3 days on this diet. It makes you want to keep going. I cannot wait for the scales to talk to me in 2 weeks! Just drink lots of water or green tea with lemon, or a diet soda to keep full in between meals.

  37. Joy Huener December 24, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    I am allergic to most fresh fruit and any kind of nut. What should I use in place of?

  38. jahleemah January 19, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    First time on it and this the most amazing diet plan in the first week I lost 12lbs. I didn’t feel hungry and meals are great. I don’t eat red meat or pork so for me to be able to substitute awesome.

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