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Basic Rules

SCARSDALE DIET BASIC RULES

The basic rules are simple.
Refer to them whenever you are in doubt.

1.Eat exactly what is assigned. Don't substitute.
(See the "Substitutions" Link)

2. Don't drink any alcoholic beverages.

3. Between meals you eat only carrots and celery, but you may have as much as you wish.

4. The only beverages allowed are regular or decaffeinated coffee, black; tea; club soda (with lemon, if desired); and diet sodas (and sugar free drinks) in all flavors. (and water) You may drink as often as you wish. (and as your body dictates) 

5. Prepare all salads without oil, mayonnaise, or other rich dressings. Use only lemon and vinegar, or the vinaigrette or mustard dressing.(see recipe link) (Experiment with fat-free salad dressings during the Keep Trim weeks).

6. Eat vegetables without butter, margarine, or other fat; lemon may be used.
(Avoid corn, peas, potatoes, lentils and any beans, except green or waxed.) 

7. All meat should be very lean; remove all visible fat before eating. Remove skin and fat from chicken and turkey before eating.

8. It is not necessary to eat everything listed, but don't substitute or add. Indicated combinations should be observed.

9. Never overload your stomach. When you feel full, STOP!

10. Don't stay on the Diet more than fourteen days.
(Read the Two On, Two Off link to learn why)

Non-stick vegetable spray, cocktail sauce, herbs, seasonings, spices, grated onion, minced parsley, ketchup (sugar free & low carb okay), chili sauce & mustard are all permitted within MODERATION
 
Artificial Sweeteners are permitted

(Stevia and Xylitol are natural, and recommended more than aspertame, sucralose and saccherine*)
 
No Protein Bars, Meal Replacement Bars or Shakes are permitted on the SMD or Keep Trim Program*.
 
*Note: The information on the site that is written in blue colored
lettering is NOT from the Scarsdale Medical Diet book, rather it is suggested information from other members. Only what is written in black is "official" SMD info and excerpts from the paperback by Dr H. Tarnower. Try to get yourself a copy on Amazon to avoid any confusion.