What You Should Know
The Dr. Bernstein Diet is a low calorie diet plan developed by physician Dr. Stanley Bernstein, an Ontario-based physician with numerous weight loss clinics in Canada and the United States. He originally developed his plan from the VLCD (Very Low Calorie) diet, although he argues his diet is not a VLCD Diet because dieters consume between 850-950 calories per day and VLCD diet is typically under 800 calories. This Dr. Bernstein modified VLCD diet combines low calorie dieting with B vitamin injections, which he claims will allow patients to lose up to 20lbs per month safely.
Dr. Bernstein’s diet is not without controversy, as are most VLCD diets. Nevertheless, Dr. Bernstein assures dieters this is a safe weight loss program. All dieters are supervised by clinical staff in a licensed weight loss clinic owned by Dr. Bernstein, giving dieters full, around-the-clock support. You must either be a Canadian citizen or a resident of Florida or Virginia to participate in this program, however, and the cost is no laughing matter — the first consultation costs $235, and additional services (such as injection sessions or additional consultations) costs $100 on average. The average dieter will need to pay $500 to $1000 per month to participate in Dr. Bernstein’s program, which is certainly not within everyone’s reach.
If the financial limitation of participating in this program is not a turn off, the controversy surrounding the diet might pose a bigger risk to obese participants.
There are no ingredients, but you will need to buy Dr. Bernstein’s books and receive weekly B vitamin injections.
There is very little information about the actual diet available, but testimonials should provide more clues on its viability. VLCD diets are usually considered dangerous, and Dr. Bernstein’s Diet is no exception — one participant died from complications in 1988. Other participants report nausea and dizziness, but Dr. Bernstein claims this is a result of dieters not following the program. Dieters deny this, making this diet highly controversial.
Another concern is the B vitamin injections, which are injected weekly as part of a weight loss regimen. Dr. Bernstein claims this helps break down fat and increase weight loss. There are no conclusive studies showing that B vitamins increase weight loss by breaking down fat, but this injection is instrumental as part of this weight loss plan.
One part that is true about the Dr. Bernstein Diet? The weight loss itself — the caloric restriction will increase weight loss, mostly due to starvation mode. This occurs when a person consumes less than 1,000 calories per day, which leads to substantial weight loss. This also increases numerous health risks, such as heart attack and malnutrition.
- Low caloric intake will lead to weight loss.
- It is celebrity endorsed. They claim Dr. Bernstein’s plan was successful.
- Weight loss is too rapid and potentially dangerous.
- You can only participate in select clinics in the United States and Canada.
- It is very expensive and poses too many health risks. (See reader comments.)
The Dr. Bernstein Diet will produce some weight loss results, and many testimonials claim that users have lost up to 20lbs per month, but the health risks associated with this diet program might be too much. Dieters are strongly encouraged to consult with a doctor before embarking on this program, as some side effects could be deadly. The diet will yield results, but health is always key to safe weight loss.