Dr. Bernstein Diet Review

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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.

Ingredients

There are no ingredients, but you will need to buy Dr. Bernstein’s books and receive weekly B vitamin injections.

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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.

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Advantages

  • Low caloric intake will lead to weight loss.
  • It is celebrity endorsed. They claim Dr. Bernstein’s plan was successful.

Disadvantages

  • 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.)

Conclusion

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.

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340 User Reviews about Dr. Bernstein Diet

  • 1
    Your Name

    Everything comes with a risk, lifting heavy weights at the gym can give u muscle pulls, running on the treadmill can hurt ur shins so what is the proper way to lose weight? is there anything that doesn’t cause u a health problem? If your extremely over weight ur body won’t have the energy to lose over 100 pounds just like that. Eat healthy and exercise its the only way u’ll lose weight.

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    scammed

    lost over 100 lbs on the Dr. Bernstein diet. over an 8 month period. Felt ill the entire time. Developed gallstones, needed surgery to remove gallbladder. Got infection from the surgery, took almost 5 months to recover. Gained back 70lbs over the next year when started eating real food again. Nurses/staff were rude and unsupportive when i got sick. Terrible experience. Stay away.

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    Terry

    I did the Bernstein program twice. The first time I gained all the weight back within 6 months to 8 months. Was very depressing as there was nothing that I could do. The second time I got wise and not only ate more of a balanced diet but continued with this balanced diet and continued by ordering a strong consistent Slim Fit diet meal plan. My weight has stayed the same. The only program that does this is called Healthy Chef Delivery of Calgary, Alberta. Its a winner and really works! Amen

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    Tomas Uljevic

    Can I simply say what a real comfort it is to uncover someone who genuinely is familiar with what they are talking about on the internet. You certainly understand how to bring an issue to light not to mention make it very important. A lot more people must check this out and understand this side of the story. My partner and I cant believe you aren’t more popular simply because you definitely have the authoring ability associated with an expert.

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    Nadia

    The diet is pricey but works. I went from 166 to 135 over the course of 3 months. I was 35 at the time. I had always been around 125 lbs but after getting married I was 150-160 for about 5 years. I gained 55 during pregnancy and was 205 when I had baby. I’m 5’4″. I was able to get back to 166 on my own but it was sooooo hard so I joined Bernstein as per a friends request. I joined end of May and by end of August was 135. I could have done it faster but money was the issue. You can buy in 2 week increments ($310) which is what I did. I went back a couple months after in October to lose the last 5 pounds. So my final weight was 130. I did walk about 2-3 times per week for about an hour during the first summer I lost the weight. I kept it off for 2 years until I got pregnant again. Now I’m Italian so I love food. I introduced everything back into my diet–pasta, wine, cheese, bread etc. The key is portion control and this diet teaches you that. Even eating double what the diet allows I was still eating less than before. So give it a try if you can afford it. Even 20-30 pounds will give you the motivation to keep it up yourself. And I only went 2x a week to the clinic. That is the minimum requirement. Three times per week would get you faster results but do what works for you. I also cheated on the diet because realistically you want the odd piece of pizza or cake. Yah the nurses pointed it out but I’m an adult. It just will take a little longer. But that could be part of my success. And I didn’t do the maintenance either. That requires you go in once a week for a shot. I live 1/2 hour away from my clinic and had a toddler so couldn’t make the commitment. If you stop the diet and eat like the world is ending you will gain it all back. Is that really surprising? And no, there is nothing magical about the injections. Just vitamin B6&12 to keep your energy up. Some extended health plans even cover a portion. So it’s not a “cocktail” or dangerous. My experience was positive. I’ve just rejoined at 158 pounds after my second baby. Again, I’m only going 2x per week and cheated already with pulled pork and wine yesterday. Just don’t blow every meal! If you cheat once at dinner, babies won’t die, lol. Will keep you posted regarding my progress this time around. I’m 37 now, so no spring chicken and since it’s January in Vancouver will not be walking. We’ll see!

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    Dave

    Stay away from these guys. They want your money. If you for any reason cannot continue, they keep your money. Where else is that legal? Too few people have kept the weight off. If you want a better solution, become keto-adapted and cut carbs out of your diet (grains and legumes in particular).

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    Star

    Hi, I’m really looking for people who have similar experiences as me. I went on the Bernstein diet 2 years ago, and I was at 131 pounds, however, after the Bernstein diet, as soon as I eat a little bit of sugar, I started to gain weight like crazy. i am not even consuming much sugar or carbs right now, and I’m still gaining weight. even if at times, I eat a little bit of sugar, I start to gain weight like crazy. Now I am at 146 pounds, was at 141 pounds in my last post. but now, i keep on incessantly gaining weight. Are you sure the diet is only due to starvation mode and not other things in the injections that may harm the body cells? Also, I’m really looking for people who have similar experiences as me who gained a LOT MORE WEIGHT THAN THEY ACTUALLY HAD BEFORE THE DIET!!! Any inputs would be extremely helpful!

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    Your Name

    Hi , I am eating now 1200 a day and I am on my feet working at a high pace job 5 days a week and in 1 year I gained 70 lbs

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    Star

    That sounds very scary… Are you still gaining weight right now? Was the 70lbs extra weight that you gained? Do you know if there is a way to stop the weight gain?? Please help!

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    Corinne

    Star, I sympathize with you. I too have gone to Dr. Bernstein. Two years ago I lost 55 lbs in 3 months. I lost 20 the first month and the rest over a 2 month period. It does work, for the first while it was great I was feeling awesome. But after the first month I had to cut down on my physical activity because I did not have the energy for it and work at the same time. So on I went losing the weight losing my hair, feeling dizzy if I did not eat exactly when I should have. Small potatoes right? Worth it in the end… left the program in Nov 2011.
    Now Jan 2014 I have gained back all I lost and then some. I cannot explain it, I am not a habitual overeater, the weight I had gained previously had been from pregnancy. I am not eating any differently from when I was 130 lbs before pregnancy, ok I can assume age can play some of a factor, but 70 lbs! No explanation and it did not happen overnight either it just keeps creeping up and up. So I can assume that the program, injections, rapid weight loss, has done something permanent to my metabolism/insulin response. Who knows, I do know that anyone trying this program should do it with their eyes open. It is a business first and foremost, if they were truly interested in your welfare they would not charge so much. And business protects business first.
    So what to do about it. I don’t know how old you are Star but I am 40ish and I think at this point I will have to counter this not with a diet so much as a lifestyle change. I am not sure if it will work but it certainly can’t hurt. So as of the weekend, the refined foods, ie anything that has more than one ingredient, sugars, and gluten will be chucked out the door, along with any red meat. Caffeine will be limited to once a day(Can’t give that up entirely). We (my husband and I)are doing this for 30 days and if it works…forever. (my husbands family is predisposed for diabetes so this should help him avoid that as well). Obviously normal eating is not going to work for me anymore and I will not put myself on 1000 or less calories for the rest of my life. I can just be thankful that I’ve always liked vegetables and quinoa and lentils. I hope this helps.

    Star

    Hi “Your name”, I heard people say that when you are in starvation mode, you should eat at least 2,500 calories a day ASAP, 3,500 calories a day is better, and 4,500 calories a day is best. Have you tried to eat at least 2,500 calories a day to stay off of starvation mode? Did that work for you? Thank you so much for your honest and truthful reply!

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    Your Name

    meant small amounts of carbs makes me gain. I am higher than when I started dr. b’s diet and healthy ways to lose weight that worked before dont work now! ( like excercise and healthy diet)

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    Star

    Does anyone know how much fatter the Bernstein diet can make you above your original weight? I used to be 131 pounds at 164 centimeters and was hoping to lose a little bit of weight. However after the Bernstein diet, not only did I gain all of my weight back, two years later, now I’m at 141 pounds. This is a very terrible diet that does not help you feel good about yourself at all. Does anyone know if this Bernstein program will incessantly make you gain weight or is there a way to stop the weight gain? Thanks.

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  • 9
    Star

    Does anyone know how much fatter you can get above your original weight once you’ve done the Bernstein program? It is such a terrible diet that before I did the program I was only 131 pounds. I was only hoping to loose a little bit of weight. However after I did the Bernstein program, 2 years later, I gained all of my weight back and now I’m 141pounds. Can anyone help me to know if this Bernstein program will incessantly make you gain weight or is there hope of possibly stop the weight gain? Thanks

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  • 10
    Marie

    I lost 40lbs on the Dr. Bernstein diet BUT I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I got extremely sick as soon as I was done with the diet and no diet is worth the health risks. So, if you are thinking about this diet, please do yourself a favor and find another way to loose weight or you might wind up loosing your life, as I almost did.

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    Brooke

    I lost 100 lbs on it the first time and had two kids right after. The second time I lost the 70 Lbs gained and am still healthy and keeping weight off.

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    Sophie Smith

    This all makes me so incredibly sad. I make a living off helping people lose weight and I can tell you with absolute confidence that you’re all setting yourself up for so many health problems. I see it all the time. I have had a number of clients come to me from Dr. B lately which led to my research into his practices. I’ll be blogging about it shortly on my website. From the bottom of my heart I sincerely hope you all find the necessary love yourself to seek out SAFE ways to EARN the wellness you are seeking. This program is not built for people with self-love. It feeds off people with self-loathing. No one who loved themselves would starve themselves. As a recovered anorexic who found her way to wellness, I say this with confidence. Ask yourself this: would you put your children on this diet? I didn’t think so.

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    SYLVIA

    Dr. B. is my GURU!!! I went to him 30 years ago and had such excellent results…lasted for years..but as age happens and I developed a thyroid problem..I am back.I don’t even think about the money…I have a fun team of nurses, a great Dr. I have had all kinds of medical tests to make sure I am fit..I passed :) I have lost 20 lbs so far, and I am happy..I feel better already. I am sticking to it, getting coaching and advice from the team. and I feel prettier already..also my aches and pains are gone! I am in for the long haul…I am 60 and feling good about myself. Thank you Dr. Bernstein.

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    Robert smith

    My wife spent 400.00 a month on this shit … Yes it worked and she lost a lot of wait but basically lived on greens and vinegar for months! She looked great but really after three months from a third world …. The week that she introduced regular food she started to gain weight and developed massive legs pains which was medically diagnosed as muscular disease due to massive protein loss. 10 years later she still requires leg therapy and nutritional supplements to reduce that Dr. berstein’s crüe damaged. Oh and btw! After numerous and repeated requests from my wife to speak to the doc, she never spoke to him in the four months during the treatment. Great waste of 450.00 per month four 4 months of dietery treatment. Do not waste your money — not worth the health risk.
    Sylvia — you are obviously paid to support this jerk. In Ottawa on his Bank street location there are more clients walking in then the local corner store. Obviously he is selling a poison that you prescribe too! Talk to your doctor openly, you haven’t obviously and if he/she is real they will tell you to stay away. Heart damage is your guide … Get that tested and you will see that your Doc is a jerk! You will not benefit from his therapy, only he will!

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    Robert smith

    Sorry but I’m on a rant. I’m from Ottawa, and have known at least 15 people who haves joined this quack and will say that they have spent thousands of dollars to reduce their weight to only gain it back and much more and for some have actually followed the food guide or another weight loss program to only find that their donut returns around their waist or what people call a muffin top. So is he injecting B12 or another cocktail that you haven’t asked to see its ingredients. Do remember that Lee Chapel went on this program and it speaks for itself!

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    Sophie Smith

    Sylvia, did it occur to you that you developed a thyroid problem because of the hormonal imbalance created as your body rallied to protect itself from this horrendous diet?

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    Myra

    Of course Dr. Bernstein wants money! It’s not a charity! But as a diet goes, if you do exactly as they say, it works very well. I lost 50 lbs seven years ago and have been back twice to shed some holiday weight. I have never gone back as high as I was because I learned how to eat, when, what etc. What I learned the first time round has helped me tremendously. It’s not magic though, don’t expect a miracle. It’s hard work and dedication.

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    Liz

    Myra stated the facts. Quick fix diet for sure. Fast results. The ticket to success is keeping it off. I have been off and on it for years. I did gain 40 pounds back over 1 year. If u like your wine or beef this diet is tricky. I’d say more people gain it back that those that do. I’m sure if u follow their maintemce program loyally u can succeed. I’ve yet to keep it off and I’ve been on it 3 times. Hope 3 is a charm

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    Liz B

    I’m glad I am not the only one. I have been on it about 3 times as well. I have gained some of the weigh back, but the way I feel and look is worth the money. I believe that the health improvement (at least in me) was worth it. Also my family doctor is well aware that I am on Dr. B diet and he approves. Good luck Liz :)

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    Sara

    Today was my first day at Dr.B clinic. I was somewhat scared and excited going in. But the nurses were so nice and made me feel so comfortable (I have never been so comfortable about discussing my weight with anyone before). Today was the first day so they told me to be easy on myself. The first two days should be easy. And the third day you start the strict diet… I am sooooo excited! I haven’t told my hubby as I want him to feel the difference somehow…. I signed in for 8 weeks as of yet and I will surely continue as I initially wanted to buy 3 months but the nurse suggested to take 2 months for now. Wish me luck as I am in desperate need of that!

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    Colleen

    Also at the end of the year ask for a tax receipt, you can submit this on your Canadian Income Tax, the injection cost is counted as a medical expense.

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    Deena

    Hi colleen, you posted this in june, its been well over 2 months..how did it go? any neg. sideeffcts also ru in canada? if so how much did u pay for the 8 weeks… pls reply back to this msg as i am interested in ur results

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    Kayla

    I’ve been on the diet 4 days now
    Lost 4 pounds but my body isn’t going in ketosis and wonder why?

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    Sara

    Hey Kayla! How is your diet going? I have recently joined Dr.B as well. Did you resolve the ketosis problem? How well is the diet working for u?

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    Anonymous

    I would like to comment on the Dr. Bernstein diet. If you have a proper breakfast in the morning. You will be fine. I have from 3 to six egg whites. I have one sice if the high fibre bread abd half of a fruit. This makes you feel good and have energy i have salad and protein for lunch. In the afternoon i have a tomato juice and fruit and then more protein and vegetables for supper. You can then have the rest of your fruit and a slice of fat free cheese. Drink your water of course. Best of luck. Lana

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    Toronto

    If you want to know my before after weight: 210 down to 175. I was on it for 5-6 weeks.

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    M. Z.

    I have been on diets all my life. I lost over 100 lbs. 3 times and always gained it back. That is not the diet’s fault it is my fault. I am a disgrace. What do I do, get my stomach tied with an Elastic
    Band? 16 Minute $16,000.00 Procedure. Is
    it safe? Who knows for sure. Lets says after 20 years. The Band will stretch so you will need maintenance to tighten it. More Dollars. It will be a mortgage for the rest of my life. Bernstein’s Diet I have not tried. 20 Lbs a month loss, I need 5 months, pay for 6 months, cost me around $3,600.00, maybe a little less and then I have to try to keep it off.
    Doc I am comming, probably next week.

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    filani

    can someone tells me the cost of this program , how its calculated, over the pounds you wish to loose, length being there …how.

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    Toronto

    There is a consultation fee of $350 and then approximately $150 a week. You can buy in 2, 4 and 8 week packages and save a few dollars. You have to come to the clinic three times a week for shots and see the doctor every two weeks.

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    vancouver

    im in vancouver and consultaion is $50 and they have a promo right now where they take that off your first package 4 weeks is $599 plus you need to buy 2 bottles a multi vitiam and one potassium/calcium at $16 each I start june 1st very excited

    Evey

    I called last week and was told the consultation is $50 and it’s about $160 a week and the consultation fee will go towards a 2, 4 or 6 wk purchase…..just hard to figure out how to afford this, as been waiting on disability to start, so being a single mother on assistance because no longer a choice, pretty much out of my price range

    Anonymous

    Hi, I just started today. There’s a consultation fee of $50 then if you sign up right away you will pay $110. It includes your B shots for that 1 week, then you can do week to week payment for $160 or pay 2 weeks at a time for $310 I think you basically get discount if you buy more weeks one payment. I can only afford weekly basis. I’m in Calgary. Hope that helps

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    Frank

    Hi, I started Dr Bernstein on November 1 and until today (May 13), I have lost 137 pounds. That’s 6 months and 2 weeks. The results are unbelievable and I myself feel great. I am 38 years old and have been told I look like I’m 20 years old. My friends and family cant believe their eyes when they see me. I have only 25 – 35 pounds left to lose, i should be done by end of June. Total 8 months, and all together by purchasing in 8 week increments the diet will end up costing me approx. $4700.00. But i must have saved that much at eating at restaurants anyway. This diet, if not covered under your insurance plan, is also 100% tax deductible. I live in Brampton Ontario, and I would like to say thank you Dr Bernstein.

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    Mulva

    They are only interested in your $$$$$$$$$$$
    Say it ain’t so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is my story and will do my best to discuss facts as my knowledge level and emotion levels allow.
    I joined the program and went in to do some research. I listened to their pitch and the lady was not particularly knowledgeable about the info she was presenting. At least she did not read word for word like my fiancé got. This is an alarm to me when the person who is supposed a nurse does not know the material.
    I got the $50 intorduction deal and with the special, at the time, I would have got the 1 week extra if I signed up for 4 weeks. When I left that without signing they made sure they got their recipe book back before I left. I make a point about this for a reason which I will explain later, remember they only care about your $$$$$$$$$. They let me go and no further information was provided. My reason for not signing that day was due to my life style I had to make sure I could keep up with their 3 weekly visits and such.
    I figured I could make it work out and so the next day I signed up. If I had signed up for the program that day I would have got that 5th week and would have received a $50 discount for signing up. Well I was recharged the $50 and they did eventually get me the 5th week. So now I paid $100 more than I should have and again I reiterate that they only want your $$$$$$$$$$$$.
    The program is sold as medically monitored weight loss program that will help you do it safely. After I sign up I go and do the testing they request. Now I can say it does work and if you goal is weight loss and nothing else it does work. I lost 11 lbs in 2 days. WOW! Lots of that was water because I definitely increased my water intake and the body definitely will release water when it gets if frequently. In fact in a week I lost 20 lbs. I am definitely not knowledgeable enough to say if healthy weight loss occurred or not but I can say it does work. Again if the goal is weight loss then it works, healthy or not.
    I am feeling like I am top of the weight loss world and feeling like I am going to hit my goal no time. Then I get a call from the clinic stating I need to visit my family Dr. There were some issues with my ECG, as it turns out they found an irregular heart beat plus I have a hypothyroid. Their physician will not let me on the program until my family Dr says I can go back on it. I meet with my Dr and he says no way and is very concerned with how he will help me. He is concerned with a “Starvation Diet” and the affects on my heart.
    So I go back with my Dr’s note and request my reimbursement and here we go. They can not give it to me because they need to go to their regional manager for approval????? WTF! You guys told me I had to stop and now I have to weight for my money back. They sure wanted my money immediately. They finally get back to me and state they will take off money for the shots I used, which make sense, but will keep $54 for the recipe book and materials and a $30 charge for refunding my money! WTF! You are going to charge me money to give me my rightful money back!?!?!?!!?
    So now I have paid $100 more than I should have plus they are charging me $84 for what? As far as I am concerned “they stopped” me from continuing the program and now they want to charge me for this? Now I am getting fed up with “their system” which is how can they into my wallet as far as they can.
    The lady I talked with suggested I make a complaint with the head people and ask for that $84 back. I follow her advice and register my complaint. They get back to me and apparently they got Dr Bernstein involved and he asked why I was kicked off the program? He states that I should still be on it.
    I reminded them they stopped me and followed their advice to talk with my Dr and my Dr says no way and I want my full refund and they must realize that the $84 is the cost of doing business. I also suggested if they wanted me to stay on the program he himself could call my Dr and they could duke it out. Funny thing the lady I talked told me “lots of Dr have problems with the program”.
    Well Dr Bernstein has stated that they will keep the $84 and that’s it.
    I am still fighting for my money, but will state again they are only interested in your money. If you have read this far I am sure you have made up your own mind and good for you no matter what you have decided. Do not get me wrong there are people in the Bernstein world who honestly care about people, but the system is sold as a medically monitored program. They found a problem, and that was in all honesty the best thing that happened, but they stopped me. Now they want to charge me money to refund me what in my mind the cost of doing business.
    If they were not about the money they would have happily given me all proper money owing and told me to get better.

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    SYLVIA

    Hi Mulva, sorry you feel this way, bacause they are really very fair..in fact I have seen them refuse people, and fired patients for not sticking to the diet. Dr. B says he does not need your money…he wants to see you healthy fit and happy. Sorry you had a negative experience.

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    Your Name

    wow i have decided you are delusional. no where in that did i see a doctor concerned about health or happiness. i did however see one who was concerned with the bottom line. I sure hope they pay you for your loyalty, however misguided it is

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    N

    Sounds like people who say “this diet is a scam” have no self-control. Always sound like raving lunatics. I’m starting this diet on thursday, we’ll see how it goes. Looking forward to dropping the weight, and keeping it off. Time for a lifestyle change. (Which, incidentally, is something I can imagine the people who call this diet fraudulent, haven’t done)

    Go me!

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    Laura

    Wish you luck. I am sure you will loose weight as this diet plan works for everyone without major health issues, I know from experience.

    But please do not bash the people who did not succeed. I am sure they are having a lot of anxieties about loosing weight and when something does not work, they get desperate. They cannot help it but express their frustrations. It is much easier to write positive review when having a success story. So much harder when for some reason it did not work..

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    Harsimrat Grewal

    I am Harsimrat Grewal from Adelaide Australia, dying to loose weight…… my sister in Canada is a patient of you, has lost heaps of weight through you….. I am wondering, Are you located in AUSTRALIA too,,,,, or which way Ican join your diet program to loose weight,,,,, pls reply.

    Regards,
    Simran

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    former Dr B Patient

    Hi,You can actually have your sister purchase the vitamin shots, injections and potassium from the drug store WITHOUT a prescription and send it to you.

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    Lisa

    I love it! I had to two special occassions I needed to lose weight for and I lost successfully both times. The first was in 2008 when I went from 158 to 130 in two months. I kept is off for two years and gained it back due to my own negligence. Second time was in 2010 when I started at 153 and went down to 128 in 6 weeks. I kept it off for over 2 years and gained it back only due to my own horrible eating habits. I had absolutely no problems with dizziness, nausea, headaches or hunger. I find with other low cal diets I may not be hungry but I definitely get headaches and very irritable!! This is absolutely a great diet if you can afford it. When you have a desk job and a fairly sedentary lifestyle like me, you cannot afford to be eating 1200-1500 cals a day and lose weight, you need to get down to under the 1000 and therefore I don’t think, for me, there is anything bad about it. Now I have been going to the gym for about 6 months and even paid $2800 for a personal trainer and although I lost a lot of inches, I only lost about 5lbs!! That is ridiculous and my Dr advised me to back to Bernstein and lose weight as the arthritis in my knees will likely come back in the winter! I am re-starting in the next week or so at 160 I hope to be 125 by xmas!! My plan for after the diet is to re-start the gym regimen as my membership is good for another 2 yrs, so I WILL NOT gain it back again!

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    Anonymous

    Hi there!
    It seems like it works great! How did it go the 3rd time around?

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    Your Name

    Hi! what makes you so sure that you wouldn’t gain the weight back just by going to the gym. According to Dr. B its not exercise what counts in weight loss is what you eat the most important factor that leads to weight loss. I tried this diet 2 years ago, and lost about 50 pounds looked and felt great while on the diet, sometimes I felt irritable and in a bad mood probably because of the starvation mode, I never made it to the maintenance diet because I went to a trip for 2 months and did not have money to join the clinic again, so I end up gaining the weight back. They never tell people how the maintenance diet works because they want you to pay more money, so this is like a very well kept secret for them. they want to make sure you pay first before telling you more about it.
    Its a money business, basically if you don’t want to gain weight back you’ll have to live your life attached to their diet and shots otherwise its a waste of time and lots of $$$$$$$$$.

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    slimmer but hurt, but er

    NEVER AGAIN!! Please do NOT do this diet. It is so unhealthy. Yes I lost weight on the diet ~40lbs (two years ago) & kept it off. But have had more health problems (gallbladder, pancreatitus, skin & hair, muscle loss, etc.) as a result of this RIDICULOUS Diet. Ask any “real” doctor and they’ll all tell you to STAY AWAY from this nonsense. DR. B will rot in hell for this scam. In the interim, there are quite a few of us that have been damaged from this diet that are considering legal action to shut this down, once and for all. Please find another healthier alternative; speak to your own doctors first. I stronger urge you to DO NOT DO THIS DIET!!! You’ve been warned and hopefully smarter than I was, regretfully.

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    Anonymous

    I’d say more likely that your hair & Skin and muscle loss is from aging. Gallbadder? can’t really blame that on Dr. B diet…that’s from eating too many fatty foods. Hopefully, the mediator or judge ruling on your case is smarter than your lawyer, who is very obviously money hungry!!! Ridiculous!!

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    Sophie Smith

    NO, it’s from starvation and metabolic damage. Bodies deprived of protein force a hormonal imbalance to prevent catabolism – but never succeeds. It must find the protein necessary for central nervous system function from somewhere – and it takes it from lean muscle.

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    brandy M

    Hi There,

    I returned to the DR B program in August, (got pregnant so had to stop previously) and finding this time the loss is so much slower. Has anyone else who has gone on the diet and came back experiencing something similar

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    Jen

    When I started the program a couple years ago i was motivated, and was 303lbs. I lost 91lbs in less then a year yay me and all that, but just for those who want to know i had to stop it due to finacial issues not meeting my target. After a month i was doing ok gained a little back but was still eating right but started to have unbelievable pain around the time of my period. I got checked up by the doctor and was told i have PCOS, this happened due to the vitamin B shots that they give. I have since found out that I more then likely will not be able to have kids. I have talked to other who have been on this diet and have had this issue or hairloss. I think that if you are wanting to loose 20-40lbs then the program could work but it created more health issues for me.
    Even when i was at 303lbs i was healthy. since then i have gained all my weight back. i will not give up, but would highly suggest not doing the Dr B diet for anyone who has more then 50lbs to loose.

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    Elena

    No offense but this diet could not have given you PCOS. Being obese can cause PCOS because the excess estrogen located in fat cells convert to testosterone and cause male secondary sex characteristics (excess body hair, lower voice) and affect fertility. B vitamins won’t cause it. If you are successful at loosing your excess weight your fertility could possibly be restored. Good luck!

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    Rosemary Wells

    Like many folks, I have been on Bernstein’s diet many times. I find it easy to lose the weight and feel really really good on the program. I gained back almost all my weight each time but let’s face it folks. If I had kept the sugar, the alcohol, the bread, the ice cream under control, I wouldn’t be back here again. Don’t blame Bernstein for what you put in your mouth. You don’t regain the weight without stuffing yourself (myself). The maintenance program is meant to teach us how to eat properly – we ignore it at our own peril. As soon as you re-enter sugars into your daily routine you begin to crave them incessantly. Solution? Make the maintenance program a life commitment and return to Dr B if you gain more than 15 pounds. Keep it in check until we get maintaining our weight right!

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    Martin

    I had a great experience on the Dr. Bernstein diet. In all I lost 57 lbs (started at 241 and ended at 184). I accomplished this in less than 3 months. Why I was successful:
    - diet enforces discipline (which I lacked). It’s hard to cheat with meetings 3 times a week
    - helped me understand what types of foods I should be eating
    - The weight loss happens rapidly. I initially hoped for a 20 lb loss, but once I saw the results realized I could achieve far more.

    I ended “maintenance” about 4 months ago and actually have managed to shed another 4 pounds since due to my better eating habits and daily walks (not a runner or fitness junkie). I am so pleased with my new weight, feel better physically and have a much better self image having dropped 3 pant sizes along the way and getting down to a weight I hadn’t been at in 25 years.

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    Your Name

    I had loose 34lbs on 2006, never gain it back , can’t blame the doctors this is your first step for a life change!!! If you eati right and control your portion and cut the sugar will keep it off for ever!!! This is depends on you!!! Can’tblame any program if you start eating again!!

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    Debbie

    HI there
    I need some feedback. I have been on this diet for 8 weeks, really struggling. I have a lump in my behind that really hurts where I have been getting my shots. Has anyone had this or does anyone know what it might be?
    Thanks

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    Curious

    Hi Debbie,
    I haven’t gone on the diet yet. I have my consultation on Tuesday. I am wondering if you’re still experiencing a lump? I’m a bit scared of bruising and have no idea which area to get my shots if I did. How’s it going so far with the diet? Any side effects? Thanks.

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    Laura

    These lumps dissolve over time. I ad bruises there too. I just alternated the locations every week but was always in pain. For about two months after the treatment I was not do running and jumping exercises due to the pain getting aggravated with my every move.

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    clare

    I am 16 years old and after reading all these comments i am unable to make a decision about whether or not attending the consultation with dr. b tomorrow. I am also scaredd. My current weight is 141 pounds and i am 5 foot 3. Any
    advice or support would be great.

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    Curious

    Clare, did you end up going on the Dr B diet? How’s it going so far if u did? Thanks!

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    Your Name

    Clare I hope you didn’t start this diet…you’re very young and probably very healthy – just get moving some more!

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    Ellen

    Clare,
    I would strongly advise something less drastic at your age, and with a relatively small amount of weight to lose. A few small changes in what you eat – cut out junk food, soft drinks all the obvious ones. Try and eat more lean protein and less bread pasta and rice. Join a running group at the running room, or house league soccer or hockey team. I find playing a game is a great way to get exercise without feeling like it is exercise. Great way to make new friends too. If you live in Toronto, there is a group called Toronto Sport and Social club that provides a change to play almost any team sport, with all women or on a coed team. If you go on such a caloric restrictive diet at your age you are likely to mess up your metabolism for life, which will lead to a lifelong weight issue, whereas a slight change in what you eat and upping your activity will be a great way to improve your health for a long time….make sure you treat yourself one day a week too! Then you will be able to stick it out. If you have not previously been active you will go down 2 clothing sizes within 6 weeks of exercising 3X a week. Honest….you will lose fat, and get some muscle – did you know your body burns more calories when you have more muscle mass?? that will make it easier to stay lean! I made the mistake you are thinking of when I was your age – fad diet called The Scarsdale Diet – one of the first low carb diets I think, and it mess me up. Only when I hit my 30′s and started eating healthier and exercising regularly did I achieve what I so desperately wanted in high school. I have all my kids in sports – some at an elite level, some at recreational, but they all have muscles and eat better than I did as a teen. They also have more self-confidence!
    I am looking for a weightloss solution for myself now, in my 60′s, after a debilitating illness, that has created snowballing side effects. And I need to do something drastic to try and mitigate some of these side effects, and hopefully reverse some of the issues completely.
    Good luck with your life change, and I know the temptation to do something that will provide instant pounds off is very tempting, but truly at your age and being in good health, I hope you will consider some of the things I have mentioned and just eat a bit better and move a lot more and you will have a formula to help you all life long!
    Sorry to go on; I just feel very strongly about this in general!!

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    Maria

    I started this Dr.B diet one month ago. Due to menopause and problems I had agained about 40 pounds. When I went to Dr.B I had already lost 20, I mentioned to them that I had bowel surgery and my health was very important, I had changed my habits no processed food, I ate all organic, no red meat, no sugars etc. First they were like you too health concious but it is your body so it is fine as long you eat what is on the list. I end up having bowel constipation after 3 weeks which I told them about my concern and they said “patient on our diet usually can go up to 4 days without having a bowel movement” are you kidding me that is toxins in your body and if a person already had bowel problems how can they say that. I also said the potassium was too much for me and when I told them I would like to decrease it they refused to continue with my program… now let’s see if they will give me back my money if not then they are looking to be taken to court…they new my problem I disclosed all my medical issues, they should of said you do not qualify but they want money, a person’s health is not important…I suggest to people if you want to loose weight find out your Blood Type and go and buy the book “Eat for you Blood type’ it works.it only costs 25.00….don’t be suckers like me and go and make a Dr. B more rich then he already is..

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    Dave

    Your experience is typical of Dr. Bernstein. They will not give you money back. I took them to the BBB, they ignored them, so if you want to go to small claims court, by all means do so… I bet they won’t respond, but at least you can win a judgement. This is what happens when money and medicine mix, money comes first. I would again encourage low carb from a paleo or primal perspective, blood-type eating is needlessly complex and not at all how we were “designed”. It is really more of a selling “hook”.

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    Dave

    Dr. Bernstein is after money first and foremost. Read about the guy, he’s got a shady past. I would point anyone thinking about Bernstein to instead look up the Primal Blueprint. Bernstein is smoke and mirrors designed to make you believe you need them and their clinics. My advice, start a low carb diet, take potassium and vitamins to combat the “low carb flu” and transition to a fat burner. Bernstein is desgined to milk you for as much money as possible, as many times as you are willing to part with your money. Eating low-carb is not boomerang diet meant to line the Dr’s pockets.

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    Lisa

    I don’t know, if he only wantd your money why would he kick ppl out? I think he does want a persona to suceed. Can you tell me more about his shady past?

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    Cristina

    Because he gets your money first, then kicks you out, then you don’t get your money back.

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    michael

    he was accused of stealing and consiparacy to commit murder of his business partner.

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    Jeff Harris

    and implicated in the murder of his wife

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    Maureen

    I started the Bertstein diet in April 2011, and had incredible results quickly!! I lost 40 pounds in about 10 weeks and felt amazing!! I took the summer off, and in the fall, lost my Mom. I went back in Nov. and was up only 7 pounds which for a 6ft. person is really not very much. The amazing thing is that I lost those 7 pounds in 4 days on the diet!! I continued on and when I got close to being at my goal weight (within 5 pounds), I told them that I wanted to maintain as I am 50 years old and do not want to look anorexic!! They told me that if I did not get down to THEIR goal weight, which is a ten pound range for EVERYBODY, not matter what build or age, I was not eligible for the one month FREE maintenance that is included in your package upon registration. I e-mailed Dr. B and told him that I thought that it was ridiulous and they had the Regional Manager phone me to tell me that they were NOT willing to be flexible at all!! I couldn’t believe that they were willing to loose a client for the sake of 5 pounds. I am so disappointed after having such a positive experience. The nurses are not really very motivational, but the quick weight loss was always enough to inspire me!! Good Luck to you if you are on or decide to try Dr. Bernstein but I did want you to know my experience. Oh, and I did have some hair loss as a result of the diet as well!!

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    Trisha

    I started on the Dr.B diet at 247 pounds and after less then 3 weeks I’m already at 230 pounds. I cannot remember the last time I felt so good. No hunger…more natural foods then I have ever eaten and over all am more active. As for any diet or weight loss program you must want it. I have been on Jenny Craig, weight watchers and was always hungry. This is working great for me. I highly suggest it. P.S as for the price…your right it is steep, but the grocery bill and the eating out has been reduced dramatically. I feel great!!!!

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    Hmmm

    I forgot to ask a question I’m curious about to the ones that are on Dr. B’s diet. Althought it’s easier to being on the diet in an online setting, do any of you know why some won’t admit to be on the diet to their friends and family? I know 3 people who have been on Dr. B’s diet, lost weight drastically & told anyone who asked how she lost is so rapidly just from making healthy choices and being a busy mom. I didn’t buy that answer but never pursued it. The second person again lost weight rapidly & when asked, did admit to being on “a” diet but I did notice that whatever diet she was on, she lived off of triscuits and salad mainly. The word “starvation” popped in my head but didn’t pursue it with her. The third person, again, lost weight quickly and advertised to anyone who would listen, just by making proper nutritional food choices with no mention of Vitamin B injections, or Dr. B’s name. The last one is still on the diet and the other 2 have been off for quite sometime and gained all of their weight back and more. Some of us found out later that they were on Dr. B’s diet. The third person has admitted to a select few she’s on Dr. B’s diet but still maintains to others it’s thru healthy nutritional food choices. I don’t call it that. I call it limited food choices. If this “healthy eating” change is so normal and natural, why not be proud and admit it? Why not be proud & share it with others. When I lost a pile of weight, anyone who asked me how I did it, I was proud to tell them thru moderate eating and excercise. Heck, I even shared some great recipes with them that the whole family can enjoy and benefit from. Sooooo, please tell me WHY are these people not proud enough to share with others? Could it be because they know it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be? At least that will explain the weight gain in the future when they’re on their own. :)

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    StartingNew

    Perhaps it’s because they will be judged for their choice. I too have been selective in who I share this information. It is my business and I have the right to choose who gets to know.

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    Hmmmm

    That’s totally accurate when I see posts that read that Dr. B’s diet is a lifestyle change. It definitely is a very unhealthy lifestyle change that’s called “starvation!” Whenever someone that is speaking from experience about the diet says it helped them reach their goal and once they went off they packed on the same amount lost plus some the replies from the believers quickly rectify their situation by telling them, it’s their own faults because they didn’t stick to the so-called healthy eating guide Dr. B outlines for patients which in other words he’s basically telling them their is no way out other than to keep starving by simply sticking to his guidelines to maintain. Sure this diet sounds easier. No excercising involved. The only excercise involved is making it to your appts for weigh ins, urine samples, and vitamin B12 & B6 shots Too good to be true huh? Anyone that has some education or at least some time to research healthy living would know that starvation is not the key to successful weight loss. When you starve the body, anything you eat will hang onto those calories because they know nothing more is coming their way. Also in starvation mode the body starts feasting off itself. First thing gone is your muscle and we all know that muscle mass is a metabolism boost in itself. We all know muscle is the bodies incinerator for calories. Or do we all know that? I’m not sure if anyone on this diet truly knows why they are receiving Vitamin B6 & B12 injections. They think they know but do they really? Do they know that vitamin B6 is found in most foods so deficiency is RARE? Oh but that’s right, the Dr. B dieters are pretty much starving themselves. Why not just eat in moderation and get your vitamin B6 naturally? Vitamin B12 dietary sources are much the same as vitamin B6. Following Dr. B’s diet you end up lacking in folic acid which causes anaemia. Yup, anaemia is found in people who’s diet is generally poor and that’s where the Vitamin B12 & B6 injections come into the diet, to help the body use folate. You can achieve this by eating healthy, moderately & wisely and still lose weight. Not by starving! From most of the posts I read, people love Dr. B’s diet because the results are quick. As quick as the pounds come off, they will come back just as quick if not quicker when you decide to stop paying Dr. B. Sure the vitamin B shots are also like a shot of energy to help metabolize the food you eat to energy and brain function but they don’t work as the body’s fuel. A brisk walk or any type of a 20 minute cardio routine will suffice. Dr. B’s diet is for lazy people and once you’re off the diet you’re still lazy. Even consuming a carrot becomes fattening once you’re off the diet. For those that say they’ve maintained they are lying or they haven’t stopped paying Dr. B.

    If you must diet then the safest diet out there is the diabetic diet where you eat 6 small meals a day and throw in a bit of cardio 3 times/week or more if you like because you feel so good and before you know it, you’ll be admiring yourself in the mirror and can afford a new wardrobe. For those that say they spend more money on groceries than Dr. B are not great people to use as weight loss role models. Processed foods are costly and by the sounds of it that’s what their grocery lists consisted of. With Dr. B a grocery list is hardly necessary because you barely eat but you still need a hefty bank balance. When you eat moderately, you spend moderately! Plain and simple! Excercise is free! Dr. B’s excercise in a vial is costly. In summation, Dr. B’s diet is a quick fix that will always need fixing when off it. Why become a slave to a diet? Have yourself enslave your diet!

    For those that condemn my post, go for it. The ones that condemn it are the ones that are not so secure with Dr. B’s diet otherwise they wouldn’t feel the need to defend it. Afterall, they’re not defending the diet. They’re justifying an unhealthy decision!

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    StartingNew

    No condemnation … but you’re not doing the diet … why are you so quick to condemn something that doesn’t affect you. To each their own. You don’t want to do it, don’t. But you cannot judge people based on their decisions because you do not live in their shoes or understand their lives/issues/situation that led them to this decision.

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    Elena

    Its not really a starvation diet…it puts your body into a state of benign dietary ketosis…that pound a day that you lose without excessive hunger is equivalent to 3500 released fat calories that you burn….that’s what you are living off of- by eating small amounts of good quality protein throughout the day you maintain your muscle tissue.

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    maria Ruuska

    i lost 140lb and half my hair i use Biotin 2capsules a day 5000mcg it works use it all the time First i also used ROUGAiNE from drug store .Do not give in . Good luck.

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    Hmmm

    I’m not following you Maria. Are you saying “do not give in” meaning to go off the diet or do not give into any side effects someone might feel that are stemming to from the diet and to stick it out? All I know is that if I lost even 1/4 of my hair on a diet I would immediately stop. If I’m losing hair what else is it doing to me. All in all congratulations on your weight loss.

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    tracey miller

    My boyfriend of 4 years began Dr. B April 2011 and lost 100 pounds in 4 months! Amazing they thought as he stuck to the diet when they considered him a cop out within the first week based on his eating out re. business ventures etc.Gave him 1 month free because he made it through! He didn’t….he is not the same person he was 3 years ago…even 7 months ago. He is angry, major mood swings, and volatile!I believe this is directly connected to the injections and the sudden weight loss causing an effect in his matabolisam etc. etc. etc. I don’t know what to do outside of my love and patience for him…I am at a loss….

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    Anne D

    I am thinking of giving this program a whirl. What happens on the first visit? I hate the idea of having a physical.

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    Patricia J. Crowley

    I was on the diet up until yesterday when I was asked for payment. I had not lost the guaranteed 10 lbs. in that month. They told me I didn’t qualify because I got disability rates and that I ate a cranberry in june. What does June have to to with the month of july weight loss., so then they said it’s because they take the entire abount of injections not per month. This is false advertising, Needless to say I am no longer on this scam diet that doesn’t live up to the promises and guarantee’s that it states. pjc

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    Sophie

    I started the diet a week ago and I’m down 6.4 lbs. I have another 30 to lose. So far, so good. I’ve found the diet easy to follow, haven’t felt lightheaded at all and haven’t experienced cravings (other than for a chai latte, which I hope to enjoy again in a couple of months). For those that have done the programme – did you find that your weight loss slowed down after the first week or two and, if so, by how much? Thanks!

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    April

    Sophie i did the berstein diet and LOVED it i lost 77 pounds in just under 5 months and i to love!!!! Chai tea Latte so i drank one every day Starbucks chai tea latte made with the tea bags NOT The condensed syrup and 2 tps of sikm milk and sugar free vanilla !!! Awesome and it doesnt kick you out of ketosis!!!! Good Luck Girl !!!

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    Re-Re

    Hi Ladies…

    So, I’d like to say it’s going well, but I don’t feel that it is. I am in Keytosis and have been since day 2 or 3… I have only cheated twice (I had two cups of coffee instead of one), I do not eat any of the bread substitute and I only eat 1 fruit/day…

    You’d think I’d be doing well… but I’m not. I’ve been on the diet 7 weeks and I’ve only lost 20 lbs.

    The Nurses are stumped; they say it’s water retention, or cycles, or ‘just my body’. They think I’m doing well (according to the keytones).

    The Doctor is equally stumped – she has taken away anything/everything that’s yummy (crystal light, soya sauce, all processed foods, beans) but she doesn’t know what’s up either. :-(

    I suppose 20 lbs is no laughing matter but it’s supposed to come off waaaay faster than this.

    I’m v. close to bailing.

    :-( Wah.

    Words of encouragement anyone?

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    StartingNew

    Ah Re-Re!! Don’t give up. Let them figure out what’s going on … plus they’ll treat you free if you don’t lose at least 10 lbs a month — when you’re on diet. I’d say stick it out to see if they can figure it out.

    Plus, 20 lbs in 7 weeks is no laughing matter!! I’m in my 7th week now and I’m not that far ahead of you — only at 26 lbs … so really, you’re not that far behind.

    Keep your head up and best of luck. Keep us updated.

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    Re-Re

    You’re sweet! Thank you for your encouraging msg.

    Met with the Doctor Wed. She said my body was “peculiar” (haha) because of the water retention issue. Said she’d call Dr. B himself.

    I’m waiting for her to come back with something before I go back. No sense in wasting shots if there’s something else going on.

    I haven’t given up (yet). ;-)

    I’ll let you know what happens.

    BTW – YOU are doing awesome! Keep it up!

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    Tony76

    Hi Everyone! 34 year old marl. Did Dr.B many years ago and lost 100 lbs, then moved over to LA Weight Loss to loose my last 40 lbs. I went from 330 to 190 in roughly 1.5 yes. Kept it off for nearly 4 yes, but recently gained back 40 lbs. Thinking of coming back to Dr. B diet – very nervous. Just want to loose this 40-50 lbs. Thinking of calling to be consult tomorrow!

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    StartingNew

    Good luck Tony!!!

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    SaraITA

    Go for it Tony! I’m in the same exact position and I’m calling today. I lost 80lbs with Dr.B about 8 years ago. I’ve kept it off all this time but recently gained back 40 lbs, just like you! Let’s do it now before the numbers creep up even more…40-50 lbs comes off in 3 months, that’s nothing!

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    CMM

    Been on the diet for 6 weeks and lost 20lbs…but had to cheat a half dozen times…still burning:)
    A couple of tips for meals:
    1)To make more dressing for your big salads…puree some of the tomato/onion..mix it with your allowed T of salad dressing and add lemon juice if needed…makes the salad much more appetizing.
    2)Cut up a cauliflower/broccoli and cook in chicken broth. Puree for a nice soup (must measure everything for correct serving size.
    3)Make many servings at once.
    I slow cooked chicken/veggies in my slowcooker. The flavour is amzing all cooked together. Measure out as required.

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    Jackie

    I am about to start the dr. b diet. I realize that after I lose the weight and go back to my old eating habits, I will gain it back. I am planning on staying on it for several months, losing lots of weight and then switcing over to weightwatchers. For me, I need to lose the weight quickly to stay motivated and thenI will chose something less expensive. I was on Atkins before and lost a lot of weight and then gained it back over a year while eating normally. This diet is better than atkins because you are allowed fruit. :) . Being in ketosis is great.. Like any diet, there are pros and cons. They work differently for all people.

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    StartingNew

    That’s the thing Jackie … your old eating habits are what got you here in the first place right?

    I think for me the key will be to make this a lifestyle change and not a momentary change in eating habits.

    Good luck!!

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    Shar1

    Had a rough week. Playing head games w myself so that I can justify my choices. Am eating program food but more than I should and since I am out of ketosis am hungry so snack on almonds or even worse walnuts.Have been “good” for a couple of days now and seem to be back with the K if only a trace.Jn 7 weighed 217 yesterday 202 but only 2lbs of that is this week. I think after the huge drop week 1 my body reacted but the nurses dont see it that way. Also trying to break the 200 mark is a mind game too. Wish me luck for the coming week or rather wish me strength n perserverance. I wish the same to you!

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    StartingNew

    Congrats on the weight loss Shar1. I hear ya on the head games…I’ve been completely on diet for the full four weeks but somehow my K dropped from a +1.5 to a trace +0.5 … thought it may have been my Mazola cooking spray but it’s been about 5 days now and I’m still not burning like I should. The nurse keeps saying that’s fine as long as I keep losing — I’m down to 20.6 lbs and I’m just today starting my 5th week….

    My problem is, because I started with such a high weight — I’m on 3 of everything and I keep thinking I’m eating too much lol — I don’t even have my misc items … only 1 tbsp philly and 1 tbps balsamic vinegar a day…

    Ok, 2 packets of splenda at most but nothing else, no jello, rarely a broth … and tons of water.

    Here’s to hoping.

    Hope all your journeys (yours Shar1 and everyone else’s) are going well.

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    Nazia

    I weigh 162 pounds at the moment..i want to lose 30 pounds..I know i could do the healthy way but im tired of the gym scene, tired of working out..i want results fast..will this bernstein really help me..like seriously in a month how much will i lose? i am sooooooooooo confuseddddddd

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    Ariana

    You will lose 16 – 20 lbs for sure if you stick to it and stay 100% strict!

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    Re-Re

    OK… does anyone who’s been on this diet know of a SECRET way to have one (just one) glass of wine and still lose this weight?? I really would like just O N E!!! ;-)

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    Shar1

    NO!

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    StartingNew

    Ok, just like the nurse told me … I say this in encouragement Re-Re … one glass of wine is not worth $160!! ;)

    There isn’t a way to have something that’s not on this diet and it not show up when they check for ketones! Trust me … it even messed me up to have extra mushrooms lol it kicked me out of it….

    As for me, one month down this week and 19.6 lbs so far. I have to figure out how to go back to a high burn because that’s when it was coming off much faster.

    How’s it going for you?

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    Shar1

    Just realized there are two Shar’s on here so to clarify Shar1 is the one who lost 140lb regained 40 (actually closer to 50!!!) and has restarted. Lost about 14 lbs this time around but really messed up this week as was drinking roobios tea all week and just discovered (who doesn’t read lables?) that it is fruit tea. So of course I am out of ketosis and lost zip. Boy my body reacts to all sugar in a big bad way. Good Luck all.

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    shar

    Thanks Shar1, the posts take so long to come up that I didn’t realize there was two of us.

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    Kurtis

    My wife has been on this dr b diet for a month, she is down 25lbs and is doing great! As for me i am doing it with her but without the shot, i take my mens 1 a day daily and over the counter potassium pills. In just under a week i am down 8 pounds…I havent once felt sick or dizzy and i am excercising every morning. Think of it this way…I eat 6 egg whites in the morning, half an apple and some blue berries, i have a large salad with peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes for lunch, snack again with some fruit around 330 and then dinner! Its all about moderation…if you cut the crap from your diet and eat moderately you can lose the weight even without the program…cut out the pop and only drink 1 glass of diet anything a day and you will see similar results. No one has ever said dieting is easy but you have to look at the end goal and make your own opinion…personally i have a goal of 30 additional pounds…take me down to 190…to everyone else who is doing something to keep in shape, keep up the great work and take it one day at a time!

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    Tammy

    YOur encouraging. I am going to try the low carb healthy eating on my own with a Vitamin B supplement and keep excercising everyday. Interested to know how your journey compares to your wife’s.

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  • 49
    Victoria

    I lost 27 lbs on Bernstein in 2003 in about 5 1/2 weeks. I started back just over a week ago (stopped smoking last year and gained 29 lb – ouch) and I am finding it just as fast and amazing as the first time! Dropped 8 lb in the first week, and hoping to get the rest off in 6 weeks or less.

    Yes, it is hard. Yes it is expensive. The main thing is it works, if you can be disciplined and follow it. It’s obviously not right for everyone, but for me it is perfect.

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    tish

    I went inside one of the offices and the lady there was SO BIG. not a good look.

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    Re-Re

    That’s awfully judgemental and, rather mean to boot!

    Many people have weight problems (I guess you’re not one of them) – they try and try to deal with them… maybe she is trying; maybe she isn’t – that’s her decision.

    As for me, I’m trying and the size of the nurses in the clinic have no bearing on my success. What does matter however is their knowledge about the diet and their incredible positive attitudes. For those – I am thankful.

    Personally, I’m glad that their hiring decisions are not based on body size.

    Be happy Tish… whatever size you are.

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    shar

    I agree with Re-Re, that is very unfair, no one knows anything about someone elses life until they walk in their shoes. Is the person who works at the Porche dealership expected to buy a Porsche just because they work there?

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  • 51
    Re-Re

    Yaay… I have company. :-)

    So… sticking to it completely but not a good week for me. Only lost 2 lbs. They say I’m retaining water – so they took away the only things I have that make the 2 L of water bearable (no Crystal Light) and mt food taste ok (no salt); can you say BLAND?!

    Oh well… still thinking positive. The diet is Ok. Hoping for a good week.

    If I do as well as you Shar…I will be delighted. You should be proud of yourself – that’s awesome!

    StartingNew – how was your week?

    ;-)

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    StartingNew

    Hi Re-Re!! Stick to it … once you figure out the combination of foods it will start coming off. I started strict from the start — max of 2 packets of splenda a day maybe two to three times a week and no jello and only 2 misc items a day …

    I have to say though b/c of my weight, I’m on 3 of everything a day so it’s been not that bad.

    I started a week ago Monday and today I’m at 12 lbs lost … so amazing for the first week + 2 days.

    They said that it will at some point even out and not to expect this all the time lol it should average itself out to about 3.5 lbs a week.

    I figure as long as I’m burning (ketones) than I should be fine! :) Keep up the good work!!

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    Shar

    Hey Re Re and Starting New:
    Started back at 216.8 and was 202.6 as of Wed. Ok, I did eat a little extra b4 I went back (so who has an eating probelm?). That is prob why I have such a big drop. It is no easier this time around, prob even harder cause I am loosing the same lbs again. I like decaf tea on ice and I always like tea and coffee w/o sugar so that is a plus. I can never eat the fruit, or jello or anything cause my body thinks its all sugar and I don’t go into ketosis which makes one rather hungry on this diet. All I get to eat is veg and protien (lots of chicken for me). Bonus about excercise is IF I’m hungry I get an extra serving of protien – never thought of chikcen as a reward before but whatever works. Good Luck to you both. Keep in touch.

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    Re-Re

    Well Ladies… I’m doing OK. Not better than that though. I lose SLOWLY. I’m in ketosis – have been since day three or so and haven’t wavered a bit. BUT – first they told me I was retaining water so I’m up to almost 3L/day (ugh). Now they’re saying that because I’m a vegetarian, it’s harder because the only protein I get is starchy.
    Anyhow, it is coming off… I’m about 14 lbs lighter for 3 1/2 weeks. I’m just waiting for someone to notice :-( OR for my clothes to feel looser.
    I’ll keep waiting…
    StartingNew & Shar… keep it up and keep in touch! ;-)

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    StartingNew

    I hate that it takes so long to post responses on here … :( this past week I only dropped 3 lbs … I’m not burning like I did the first two weeks and I don’t know what changed — but for the four weeks, I’m down 19.6 lbs. So I guess not bad for a month…right?

  • 52
    Shar

    Lost about 140lbs last year and have gained back about 40 lbs in the last six months. I started playing head tricks w myself and slipped into baaaaad eating habits. Have joined a gym w my husband and have spoken w my clinic re coming back. Plan on being their next Tues to start the program again. It worked before so I am hopeful it will work this time. This trip I really need to find a path for post diet. Wish me luck.

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  • 53
    True Story

    Did the Diet… Lost 120 LBS and my gallbladder with in 23Months.
    Theres always a price to be paid for every “quick fix” in life… if you cant loose it slowly then dont fool yourself, your going to gain it back or Yo-Yo regardless of what this diet teaches you. You have to be crazy to think 2-6 or even 12 months of eating “healthy” is going to break your old eating habits! it took you X years to gain that weight and its going to take you at least 25-40% of that time to “change your life” whats upsetting is that the DR. B can prevent stones from forming on this diet if he just gave the patients medicine, just as he gives to prevent kidney stones, bile salts are not cheap and would increase the cost of the diet more, but wait till there are enough people who get sick from this… then watch who ends up paying for the externalities of this diet…

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    tk

    I lost just over 100 lbs on this diet. I also lost half of my hair, had gall bladder attacks and developed gallstones and ended up with fatty liver disease for the rapid weight loss. I was encouraged to keep on going when I was reporting my extreme hair loss. 2 years later my hair has grown back and I still suffer from the consequences of doing this diet. Beware, It does work…I gained most of my weight back, as do most. They make sure they kick you out before you ruin their statistics. They provide no support for the real issues that come up surrounding weight loss. And the part about being medically supervised is a complete joke. They wisk you in and out of those offices it would make your head spin.

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    Re-Re

    Hey… anyone else out there doing Bernstein? I’d love some company…

    Week One done… not so bad! Lost 4lbs. ;-)

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    shar

    Good for you Re-Re
    I am at 4 weeks today and came in 19.8 lbs lost as well as inches. I haven’t felt this good in a long time.

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    StartingNew

    Hey;

    I just started on May 30th. So far since my consultation (which was last Thursday) I’ve lost 5.4 lbs.

    So today is my first day and I’m still feeling the hunger. Will be mentioning it to them on Friday.

    Fingers crossed that this works for me. I put on the weight because of medication and nothing else seems to have worked. I’ve tried WW, Nutrisystem, LA Weight Loss, naturopaths, personal trainers, boot camp, weight loss doctors … nothing has worked. I get stuck in a virtual yo-yo with the same 6 lbs.

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    shar

    Good for you Re-Re, I am at one month and lost 19.8lbs. Keep going, the first week is the hardest. But if you stick with it you’ll see the results.

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    StartingNew

    Hi!
    I started this week. So far as of Wed 5.4 lbs down. Looking forward to tomorrow.

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  • 56
    shar

    I started this diet 3 weeks ago, and really have not found it hard. I do find myself tired of salad. But I think I need to get alittle more creative. I understand that many people would look at this diet as dangerous. I am willing to take the risk. As far as the comments about gall bladders go. I had my tonsils removed about 19 years ago. Because I was an adult the recovery took quite awhile. I lost about 30 lbs in a short period of time, and bingo!, within the year I had my gallbladder removed. Gallstones can be a product of quick weightloss regardless of the circumstances. So seeing that I no longer have a gallbladder, that is one side effect I won’t suffer from. The bonus of this diet for me is that I don’t have to wait 4 years to lose the weight. I have tried myself, it took me 1 year to lose 20lb(which I maintained) I exercise daily, and followed good eating habits, but the point is I am not 22 anymore, my body does not let the fat go as it used to. A least with this diet I can move on with my life and get back into the sports that I used to enjoy. This is a choice that each person needs to make personally, I cannot dictate to anyone whether this diet is good or bad for them. They need to weigh(pun intended) the facts themselves and their own current health problems. This is not for everyone, and it is not a decision to take lightly. I have learned that life is about choices, for every action there is a reaction. You can only go in with your eyes open. 10 years ago I was given antidepressants for post-partum. I did not ask enough questions at the time and 50lbs and 10 years later I am still paying for it. Lesson learned. The point is this clinic is a business, do not doubt that. Use it to your advantage, but don’t blind yourself by thinking that they are your saviours. If I keep the thought that I am doing the work and I am making the changes, then in the end, I am the one who continues those changes even after I have stopped the diet. If you look at it as something that they are making you do but you don’t like it, in the end the old habits will come back. Lastly you need to be ready. Best of luck to everyone,dieters or not!

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  • 57
    Re-Re

    I just signed up (yesterday) and will be starting on Tuesday. I’m very nervous… Thanks to everyone who posted their successes and tips… I’ll check back here regularly for others’ stories and will share my experience. Hope it’s positive!! ;-)

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  • 58
    DON'T do IT!

    I am shocked that anyone would try this diet after ALL the WARNINGs that have been posted above. Being slim & trim in a hospital gown is so NOT worth it!! Please look for a healthy weight loss plan; THIS DIET IS NOT the answer. I regret being sucked into the hype and desperation, but now I’m wiser, albeit without a gallbladder & healing surgery scars to remind me every day. Please DON’T DO THIS DIET, sincere warnings!

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  • 59
    NancyJ

    My daughter went on it twice, lost her weight but was so crabby. I wanted my Chubby Bunny back. I offered my own version of a diet. Very inexpensive. Just get a pair of handcuffs and leg shackles. Just kidding of course.

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  • 60
    Veronica Rathgeber

    Can I get this in Canada?

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  • 61
    Jason

    You know what, I was on the diet for 2 months I lost 40 pounds and felt great. I went off the diet because it was to expensive to afford on my own, and I started eating the same way and have gained back the weight. The reason is simple. I’ve ignored the diet rules, and the support I got at my clinic was great. Apparently one of the nurses got into trouble for congratulating people for losing weight, when they had a good # on the scale. She was told by head office not to say anything. Which i think is ridiculous. So whoever says their nurse is cold, needs to check themselves and see how they themselves act. If you go in to it acting like an ass, and thinking there’s not point to it, you’ll get treated like an ass. This diet works. But, after wards, can you stick to the program with out the support and monitoring? I can’t. That’s my problem.

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    Diva3

    Ok. As if I didn’t already say enough…I just wrote tons just seconds before. I just wanted to add that this was written on March 29th at almost 6pm. Just so I know how long it takes for it to be posted. I’ll check everyday. I actually gave up on looking for replies cuz I couldn’t understand why it was taking so long to get one or to even see any comments at all since mine.

    Later…

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  • 63
    Catherine

    Hi Mya, you should get right back on the diet keep moving forward and don’t give up. I’m starting again myself and I know what it’s like. But you have to stay away from any sugar whatsoever. The hunger eases as some time passes. Drink alot of water also to give you that full feeling. I hope this helps you.

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    singer

    Dr. Bernstein has been in business for 40 odd years and I have been on his diet many times over the years. Have I ever kept the weight off? Yes, once when I was younger which was 30 years ago. The original diet consisted of shots of HCG which he unfortunately doesn’t use any more. I think after the death of one of his patients in 1988 the FDA went after him and he had to change his Protocal. He also has set this diet up for failure which makes people want to come back again & again (like me).

    He revised the original HCG diet which was designed by Dr. Simeons back in the 1950′s which entailed a shot of HCG daily and a VLCD of 500 calories. The HCG pumps about 3500 calories into your body so you only burn fat not muscle. The protocal for the original diet is 40 days on shots. . . then 2 weeks off. Then if you have more weight to lose, you start over again. Maintenance entails adding (slowly) more foods back into the diet. It seems to me that Bernstein set the original diet up for failure.

    If you want to investigate HCG there are doctors who can prescribe it (as it is now legal in Canada) and the weight loss is astounding (especially the inches around the middle). Besides losing the weight, you feel fantastic and even euphoric. Seriously. Forget Bernstein and find a doctor who can give you the HCG. You can buy it online in the form of drops but I’d recommend doing this through a medical practicioner. There is no proof that Vitamin B shots do what the HCG does. These shots are just a cloak.

    I am seeing a doctor in Vancouver and I get my weeks worth of shots every Friday so you don’t have to be running every other day to the clinic. BTW Dr. Oz featured the HCG diet on his show recently so it is finally hitting mainstream which is fabulous. Let’s give Bernstein a run for his money!

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    mommy of 4

    Singer – can you tell me who in Vancouver you see that prescribes the hcg? I am in vancouver too.

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  • 65
    Mya

    Alright, so can someone PLEASE help me: I’ve started this diet since last Friday, and i have lost a total of 9lbs. I work in an office, and there’s ALWAYS donuts, cookies….around me! I have lost my motivation to be stricked on this diet. i did cheat– but I don’t know anymore. PlEASE is there anyone that could just give me some feedback on what to do to stay motivated???
    Thanks!

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    Walt

    I am a 33 year old male. I started the Dr. Bernsein diet on February 6th. As of March 17th I have lost exactly 40lbs. I started at a weight of 350lbs. I feel better, move better, and my personality and mood has substantially changed for the better. I am no longer tired or sluggish in the afternoon. I don’t feel hungry, except for one time when I cheated and ate a chocolate bar, I had to get myself back into ketosis (a fut burning state) which took 2 days and I was hungry and grumpy during this time. I eat ALOT of food – huge egg white omelettes in the morning. Huge salad with chicken at lunch. Alot of veggies, and meat for dinner. I eat approx. 2 tortillas a day. It is not a high protein diet, it is not a starvation diet. THe results are worth the money, and pound for pound it is cheaper than alot of programs, because it is quicker. The information I have learned about food will change my diet habits for life. In short, carbs, sugars, and salts are very, very bad :) You must limit your intake.

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    Catherine

    O.K. if you have gone off the diet, then just stop and get right back on track, the longer you are on the diet you won’t feel as hungry if you don’t have any sugars. Hope this helps, I’m trying the diet again and will do the maintenance at the end. Very Key!

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    Diva3

    WOW! I have to admit that I have read all of these comments and many many more regarding Dr B’s diet. I am first off gonna say “Congrats to all of you that have had success on this program”. I have been struggling with my own weight issues for a few years now. My situation seems to be different than most of you because all I have to shed is around 25 pounds. Now I know what you all are thinking…why not just do it yourself with a low cal heatlthy diet and an excursive routine???? Yes I agree. I used to even body build back in my early twenties. I am nearly 40 and I have 3 kids. It’s not that esay anymore. I have never had a weight issue. Living as a very slim person your entire life and then hanging on to these extra pounds for the past 6 years is very difficult. A part of me felt guilty, embarrassed, lazy and even a bit stupid yesterday while sitting in my first visit to Dr B’s and sharing the consultation room with another hopeful which weighed for sure over 200lbs. I, like many others who have never had a weight problem thought diets were only for overweight people. Also, the obese person’s mind surely looks at someone like the ‘present’ me and thinks what the hell is she doing here when she could drop that easily in a few months, she doesn’t have the same issues as me. That’s exactly why I sat there in the room almost feeling humiliated that I am there for the same treatment as her. She even said to me when we left that she definitely has a longer road ahead of her than me. Yes she does BUT…When it really comes down to it, aren’t we both there for the SAME reasons? I want my body back! Yes I could be there in a 2 maybe 3 months but in the meantime my state of mind is going into a downward spiral. I am sick of choosing clothes that HIDE my fat rolls on my back, or avoiding pants that accentuate the muffin top love handles that bulge over the waistline, not too mention that my arms look like mini thighs. We all have a figure in mind that we aspire to no matter what size we were or are. Sorry for my long winded speech defending why I am on this DIET. What I am really seeking an answer for is “ALL OR MOST OF THE STORIES AND COMMENTS ARE ABOUT PEOPLE’S EXPERIENCES ON LOSING MANY POUNDS…IS ANYONE OUT THERE LIKE ME WHO CAN GIVE ME THEIR SRORY ON LOSING THAT LAST 25LBS??? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT HOW THEY DID AND WHAT I AM TO EXPECT. YOU ALWAYS HEAR THAT THE BIGGER YOU ARE, THE MORE AND QUICKER YOU LOSE…CAN I STILL EXPECT TO LOSE THIS EXCESS WEIGHT IN 5 WEEKS OR SO?” Please feel free to let me know even if it was a friend who has, even if it wasn’t your experience. I need all the support I can get. You go girls!!!!!

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    Alexandra

    Yes, If you do it WITHOUT cheating I promoise you it will probably even take you only one month.
    I had to lose 30 pounds and it took me 4 weeks exactly!
    i’m so happy, and proud of myself.
    Altough, I was SUPER strict. I had 200g daily of chicken 2 fruits a day and 450g of veggies. NO BREAD! i know crazy, but its the truth. whenever i was hungry I’d take a gum. and drink crystal light.
    Bottom line, do it, its worth it, I loved it, oohh and just to maintaince for one month, that’s what i did, i didn’t want to spend money on one year maintance, i payed ofr one month, and now i watch my portion control, I exercies 5 timesa week (i have 4 kids-haha)
    Enjoy your expirience, DON’T CHEAT, IT’S NOT WORTH IT I SWEAR!
    Good luck, :)

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    Kate

    Seriously, if you are a disciplined person, or a perfectionist, this is a great diet.

    You have to plan to pretty much stop eating the way you are currently. Don’t think of it like a starvation diet, because it really isn’t that simple. It is a scientific process, being in ketosis, where you literally pee your fat out. People end up with gall bladder problems sometimes because their gallbladder cannot handle the amount of fat released from the body.

    I have been an emotional eater, and the first time I did not deal with my issues. I felt awesome at 130 pounds and didn’t do maintenance. Half my weight came back. I am on it again. Sure, it can be an expensive lesson but the money is not an issue for me. I do not blame the diet one bit. The people who blame the diet for regaining have issues of their own to blame for the regain. Be honest with yourselves!
    I do agree that medical issues can be caused by this diet(namely potential gallstones), but being fat is just as bad, you are still a ticking time bomb.
    Anyone can start a diet, but it is so hard to see it to the goal. The nurses provide accountability, you do not want to cheat. They dole out praise lightly, but it is done often enough, that you strive to hear it again from them.

    Do not deviate from the diet is my only advice. Once you start cheating, it honestly makes the diet so much tougher. Not to mention, it stops ketosis, and you lose almost a week and 150 bucks to get back into ketosis. I can do without the headaches and achy feeling I get before I get into ketosis.

    I have 30 pounds to lose to get to 130. You will probably lose 8 pounds in the first week if you eat normally before you start. If you are low carbing, your glycogen will already be depleted and you will not probably not attain a 20 pound loss in the first month(14-15 maybe) unless you are male.

    Don’t think that one cookie or a taste won’t affect the diet. You upset the ketogenic process and will totally F&*k up your progress. You will hate yourself if you cheat. It is not like going over your points on WW, this will really, really set your weight loss back on the diet.

    There is a Dr B forum with recipes and support that helps too.

    Good luck, I do not think you will regret it if you choose Dr. B

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    Kate

    Well, I just spent 20 minutes typing up a reply to you yesterday and I see it hasn’t been posted. I think I may have mock swore(#$*) so I understand the mods.

    Anyway, you will not regret this diet. If you are serious about making a change and disciplined(you would be surprised) you will have great success.

    This is more than a diet about the injections. Frankly, I do not think they do very much. It is the accountability the nurses give you. You CANNOT cheat on this diet, the nurses know. It is rewarding to earn their respect, bringing in sample after sample of urine showing ketones.

    The nurses at the clinic I go to are not evil like some people have mentioned. They dole out praise sparingly, but enough that you strive to get a comment that inspires you to stick with the diet.

    I am around 160 pounds and am on the plan until I lose 30 pounds. I will be able to do this in 8-10 weeks. I will come back here and share with you guys my success.

    I did this diet last year but regained about half of it. I do not blame the diet, I have food issues. Hope I have addressed them, and am in therapy to address emotional eating. I do not want to regain once I get there again.

    Don’t blame the diet people, it is your actions.

    You cannot eat donuts or bread or bad carbs or refined sugar every day and expect to keep it off.

    This diet regulates your blood sugar so you don’t crave carbs, once you start eating “just a bit” of the bad foods, the cravings are hard to control.

    I have since been told that South Beach or other low carb diets are the best thing after maintenance on this plan.

    You can lose weight quickly, and better than doing it on your own. You cannot supplement with oral potassium vitamins and expect to feel ok. Frankly that could put you at grave danger without medical supervision. You need the prescription strength KLYTE tablets or Micro-K to ensure that your electrolytes are normal. You will not feel well when these levels are low. The nurses monitor these levels and adjust them frequently if needed.

    Don’t worry about the people in the clinic, they are going on the same journey as you, albeit longer. Although, I admit, I loved getting the dirty looks in my size 2 mini skirt, it was awesome. ; )

    Don’t think this diet is just the pills and injections, a big component is the 3x weekly visits. Frankly put, it is a lot more tempting to cheat if you only went to the clinic once a week. You could easily be back into ketosis after a binge in 7 days.

    Another thing is, the lower my weight got, the less I could eat to remain in ketosis. I was no longer eating the bread portions halfway through as my losses slowed.

    You won’t regret it. What are you waiting for? lol

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    Diva3

    It’s me Diva! Hi ladies! Thanks for replying. I myself checked almost everyday for a week and got discouraged thinking “Why will no one repined to me?!” Clearly YOU BOTH DID but they were just really slow on the displaying of them.I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your reponses. I need the encouragement. Could you two (Kate and Alexandra) please keep in touch on this site? That way I wont feel alone. I just wish they would post the replies much sooner cuz sometimes we need the sharing moment right then!!! Not a week down the road. So…MY UPDATE!!!

    Okay. I started DR B’s on March 14. I’m gonna be real honest here…starting weight 149.8 lbs. March 16th 144.2 March 18th 143.8 March 21st 143.8 March 23 144.0 (That nearly killed me!!!!) But then on March 25th 142.0 and my last weigh in was on Monday March 28th and it was 140.2. So I seem to be back on track. I weigh in again tmrw.

    I want you both to know that I have NOT cheated. Not one little bit. Right down to my one very small amount of 2% milk in my 1 very small cup of caffeinated coffee. What you should know about me is that I have a kick ass latte machine that I usually make 1-3 lattes a day with. So this giving up lattes is killing me alone. I am not a chocolate fan nnor most sweets either except bread baked sweets (ya know…cinnamon buns etc) and I do like to enjoy a small bowl of salty chips maybe once a week (usually on weekends). So on the note of not cheating…I had a very weak moment yesterday and indulged in smaller than a bite size piece of some rasperry cheese custard bread thingy from COBS BAKERY and…and…and…and…yup I was punished!!!!! I flipping chipped my tooth on a raspberry seed!!!!! That was Dr B’s way of punishing me for even having less than a bite of something that should never have even remotely been entering my mouth!!!! Never again. I’ve learnt my lesson. Damn the friend who brought it to my house in the first place. None of my friends know I am on this diet. (EXCEPT ONE) I’m feeling kinda weird about being on it cuz they all know I am active enough and strict enough to do it myself. They wouldn’t understand the urgency of me to fit into clothes rather than hiding my fat in them.

    I was faced with an event where all the girls (13 of us) meet once a month and everyone must bring a dish. OMG!!! The food at these little bashes are to die for. Spring rolls, warm dips, salty chips, BAKED STUFF and guess what I brought…A VEGGIE PLATTER!!! You guessed it! NOt only did I eat only veggies, while all the gals were indulging on vino ( MY FAVE BEING ZINFANDEL) I brought Perrier and added some Crystal Light and fresh limes for zest and garnish. I had to laugh soooooo hard cuz they all thought I wasn’t drinking “for Lent”!!! Lol !!! I didn’t say yes or no. Thant was funny!

    So anyways, back to the point (Clearly I am writing all my thoughts as they hit my head). I’ve been drinking nearly 5 litres of water a day (with Organic lemons squezed in to it) and sticking to the exact grams of everything. I have actually made a lot of onion soup ( recipe book, page 29 using sweet Spanish onions) and it is o good if you make it the night before. Also I’d like to share a recipe that I invented that I have had 4 times already. Turkey cut up into many many little pieces, and medium fine chopped onion, peppers and mushrooms. sauté together for about 20 minutes. Do not drain. Then add the Teriyaki Recipe from in the book (low sodium soya, liquid twin sugar, garlic powder, onion powder and fresh garlic) bring to a bit of a medium boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. For the last 10 minutes add celery (for crunch). I use this as a filling in-between butter lettuce like a wrap. It’s soooooo delicious. I a enjoy it so much that I almost feel like I cheated. If anyone wishes to share a recipe…that would be great.

    I have lost nearly 9 1/2 pounds and still have at least 15 to go. I’m sticking to it. I’ll keep updating you all on my progress. I love the support!

    Thank you for listening to my babbling. Who else can I really talk to that can relate?

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    sickofit

    hi im just like u gained 30 after two kids. started dr.b 5weeks ago and have lost 17lb u can do it dont listen to all these negative people. the diet works if u follow it. i wish i well.

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    Hmmm

    What happens when you don’t follow it? I mean come on, life is to live, not to deprive. You can enjoy anything you want within moderation and excercise. Why stay a slave driven counting carbs when you can enjoy some carbs within moderation? That’s just fuel for the body to give you energy to excercise and the carbs are all gone. You may lose weight on Dr. B’s diet but you sure as heck won’t tone. Nothing worse than looking at bones covered by gray colored, saggy skin, dark circles under the eyes and on and on. You may have lost weight but still won’t look good in a bikini. :-|

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  • 68
    Ava

    Hello, I’ve been on this diet about 4 times, i loose the weight, then gain it all back. I’ve now took a break from the Dr. B diet, (it’s been one week so far) I’m thinking of going back this next week; cuz i’ve gained some…hahah and I’m scared the nurses will bitch at me.
    I love this diet, cuz i do SO GOOD on it, then i’m craving EVERYTHING in sight. I swear i used to NOT like chocolate, but now it’s all i crave.
    I hope that the 5th time will be the last for me. I don’t want to keep dieting all my life.
    I do recommand this diet, it really works, but it’s only a a rip-off for $599 (month) or $1123 ( 2 months)

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  • 69
    Jennifer

    I am currently doing the DB diet. I have lost 30 pounds and have another 25 to go. However, I am stuck at the same weight now for over a week, is this normal?

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    Trina

    Jennifer, I am experiencing the same thing. My weight stayed the same for a week, then a 1.5 lb drop, then again the same for a week. ARGHHHH!!!! It is very frustrating. It’s difficult to stick to the diet when you are not seeing the results!!

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    Jennifer

    Hi Trina….like I said before I was stuck, then I finally dropped like 2,8 pounds, so I hope I don’t get stuck again, it happens from time to time, but your body has to let go eventually, I am so happy with everything, I haven’t cheated once…very proud!! Best of luck!

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    mabel scott

    Hi.. the same thing happened to me. I went off the diet totally for 5 days and went back on it.. and bingo. lost 6 pounds right away. So I lost the 2 I had gained and then another 4. Since then I have starting losing quickly again. and have adjusted the goal weight based on how I look and feel. So instead of going for another 30 lbs which thay are saying is the goal.. I am stopping at another 10 pounds.. to do more would be unhealthy.

    On the weekend passed I ate 2 things that are not on the diet.. gained .4 of apound and then lost 3. So I was not unhappy and felt that I had a treat. Good Luck.

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  • 70
    charmaine

    I was on this diet and lost weight, but had tingling in my legs and arms and had to go off it. My doctor said it is not a diet to be on for more than a month. My husband his mother worked for Dr. B. and said he’s a thief and only interested in money, because most of us will be back. lmao Lose the normal way. It will take longer, but you will be healthier. Good luck all.

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  • 71
    charmaine

    I’ve been on the diet and it worked for me, but I had tingling sensation in my legs and had to stop. My doctor said no more than a month is good on this diet. My husband, whose mother worked for Dr. B. as did he, said he’s a thief, lol.

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  • 72
    snuggles

    How much B6 and B12 do you need to do your own injections??

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    chicabela

    The injection should be 35cc of B6 and 35 cc of B12 making it a total of 70cc. This is according to a former nurse.

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    clayzeegirl

    Please note… The amounts you have here are WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It is .35 B12 ,and .35 of B6 Equals .7 total being injected

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  • 73
    Newbie

    I’m confused as to why people say they were starving on the diet. How can you be starving after having six egg whites, 2 Pita’s, 1 soy burger, 2 fruits, 1 jello, 2 servings of vegetables and 8-10 glasses of water. Yes what I am confused abt is why exercise is not recommended. If anyone knows the reason please let me know. I think it’s because our body loses potassium while exercise and Dr b’s programs use potassium to burn the fat. But is that healthly. That is my concern. Everyone is worried abt the injections but my concern is the potassium. Please help me figure this out because I really want to start the program.

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    Audrey

    I’m a nutritionist, have been over weight in the past and lost “fat” on a 1600 calories a day. When calories are restricted more than 500 calories below your maintainace level, what you are mostley losing is muscle. So that would make sence if there isn’t really an exercise compoinent to the program. Exercise burns calories, so if your not eating enough to suport the energy, your body has to get the energy/calories/ food some were!! So your body cannibalized It self, eats the muscle to get the nutrition the body needs. The body is very resorceful, it will do what ever it takes to survive!

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  • 74
    Billie

    I’ve been on the Dr. B diet for 4 weeks now and I’m down 17.8 lbs. It hasn’t been easy as I love food and this doesn’t allow much. I also felt like I had the flu for the first few days, but it did go away and I’m feeling pretty good now. I only lost 1 lb this past week & was pretty disappointed so I hope the next week or so will start showing some results again. It’s not cheap, but if I can get rid of the first 40 lbs, the last 10 or 20 won’t seem so far away. I think Weight Watchers is definitely the way to go as it teaches you how to manage ALL foods so my plan is to lose a “chunk” (pun intended) then finish up with WW. I also met with my family Dr. before going on this diet and he told me to “go for it”. He has several patients that are either on it currently or have been in the past and none of them had experienced negative side effects.

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  • 75
    mary

    I started Dr Bernstein diet one week ago and had health problems from the first days, among them : terrible headaches, stomach aches and at the end of this week, I had terrible pains in my intestine. In one sense, I was lucky to have these problems at the beginning. I stopped immediately. I think the pills combined with the injections are unhealthy plus the fact that you reduced the calories. I also noticed that a lot of ingredients prescribed are fat free but very rich in salt which may cause high blood pressure and cardio insufficiency. So people, be careful!!!

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  • 76
    lea

    I have not tried Bernstein, but am considering it in the future. Right now though, I am trying to start with making better food choices – eating healthy food more frequently throughout the day rather then barely taking the time to eat during the day and basically binging at night. I have lost 7lbs in the last week, so am pleased that just a few changes are showing results. However if (when) I plateau, I may try Bernstein to help keep me motivated.
    My question is not really about Bernstein, but just rapid weight loss in general. How many of you lost 100+ lbs and had a real problem with saggy skin? This is my greatest fear . Of course I am flabby all over now, but being thin and having a ton of loose skin really freaks me out!

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  • 77
    brandon

    What people need to understand, is that these type of diets are 100% marketing driven. Guess what? If you exercise, eat healthy, you will loose the exact same amount of weight. The injections do nothing to speed up weight loss….your loosing weight because you are eating healthy and excersising….not because your getting some BS injection. Eat healthy, excersise….save your thousands of dollars!

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    Sophie Smith

    The most intelligent comment on this forum.

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  • 78
    NewStart

    I started the DrB diet jan 25,2011 the main reason for me are underlying medical conditions 1)diabeticII 2)depression. After April 11 I will have no medical coverage and with my insulin @ 200/mth not to mention the other 3 I just cant afford it soooo I decided to try DrB and it is working, I have already been taken off 2 of my diabetic meds cause my sugar levels have stabilized…im happy about that…yet the diet is strick and requires commitment on my part and I am committed. I am eating healthier now, but I realize that this is just the start…after the diet…I must be vigilent in my eating habits-eating healthy and regular exercise must be incorporated in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle….so I have been proactive in my journey and I will be incorporating fitness and a dietician when I have reached my goal to maintain it….I am investing in me! yes it is expensive, but so are meds for life and time off work for obese related illnesses. The diet may not work for everyone but I guess that is why you will get exactly what you put into yourself….and operative word yourself! this is about me, me and me. Not DrB he is an ends to a means to kick start my way to a healthier lifestyle….makes me wonder what are some of the motivating factors that push ppl to this diet? how society says you should look? a dress you want to fit in for a special occassion, the guy or gal you want to catch? I researched many other alternatives to weight loss for over a year so I did not make this decision lightly, bonus for me is, I have no gallbladder to lose, but I have other worse medical conditions to gain if I do not take charge of my lifestyle and change for the better. Good luck to those who want to make a healthy lifestyle change and thanks to all who have shared there experience whether it be good or bad. Cheers!

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  • 79
    NewStart

    I started DrB January 25th…I am 44 this year and have underlying medical conditions …namely diabeties, I was on 3 diabetic meds now I am on only one…my main reason for doing this is this…I can not afford insulin(200/mth)plus the other two I was taking. I decided that I will try DrB…thus far I am pleased( only one week) but time will tell…I enjoy, and have learned in just (one week) easier ways to prepare delicious meals, also lets face facts…in North America..we do not know what proper proportions are…most times we sit down to eat, we are eating 2-3 meals in one sitting. I have heard both good and negative about the diet and I plan to continue…this diet is not for everyone…but it is for me. Thank you all for sharing

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  • 80
    george

    ok.. I just want ti be quick… all you need to do this diet is … all that NO shugars, carbs… u go to ur local drug store u ask them for vitamin B12 and B6 the liquid one, u get a niddle, u mix the two, half of b6 and half of b12 ( one is red one is white) then u inject urself 1ML per injection, usually niddles come in 3ML ..and u can do it safely 1 injection every 2 days. That will bust your body from burning the normal 2500/3500 calories to 6000/6500 per day. you dont have to take their pills, because those are replacement for ur calcium intake( no milk allowed in the diet) and multy vitamin intake pills( do not use Centrum not good they dont disolve fast enough ). Ive done the diet with the money from 225 pounds I got down to 200, then I did it by myself and I lost another 20. Ive stopped and over the holidays I ate like a pig, and gained 10 pounds. im at 178 right now and im trying to get to 160 in about one month… I haven’t spend as much as I would if I did it with DR bernstein… vitamin b12 $7cad and vitamin b6 $70 and it will last u for about 6 weeks. but stick to your diet, and the people that gain the weight back are just stupid… THINK ABOUT THE PAIN U PUT UP WHEN U WENT TROUGH THE DIET IN THE FIRST PLACE. sorry for my bad english …

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    angie

    Where do you inject the needles?

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    Carole

    I purchased the liquid b12 but my drug store said they can;t get the liquid b6, strange.

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  • 81
    Disappointed indeed!

    Oh yes, 35 lbs lost, met my goal rapidly – BUT, also developed serious health concerns, none of which were pre-existing conditions. Mentioned my symptoms such as fatique, nausea, abdomenal pain, hair loss, crazy bruising from the injections, etc.- the nurses brushed these off as my body adjusting to the diet, stating it was just temporary & didn’t appear too concerned; the Doctors coached me to keep up the good work!! I kept loosing lbs, but my health took its toll. My family doctor insisted that I stop this diet & sent me for numerous tests, which revealed anemia & gall stones. I am so glad that I stopped the diet when I did thanks to my family doctor; otherwise, who knows what else would creep up??? Now, I’m picking up the pieces & trying to re-gain my health, although I have a long way to go – still need to have surgery among other things (courtesy of this diet) – gallbladder removal in a few weeks (certainly not a temporary, fleeting symptom, as the B clinic staff claimed). My weight has plummeted due to alot of throwing-up from gallbladder attacks (weekly basis); unbelievable pain associated! I also recently met several other individuals that have experienced the exact same things, so these aren’t isolated cases. Had I seen this forum, I would have never tried this diet -far too many negative serious impacts. The program’s claims should have caveats attacked; there are DEFINITE RISKS, which I don’t think are worth it in the long run. In fact, I think Health Canada needs to get involved & I may be the one to push it in that direction. Readers, please DON’T take chances with this diet – just DON’T DO IT! There are healthier diet programs than this one, trust me. I hope my experience with the Bernstein diet will make you all the wiser. Thumbs down – all the way, truly!! Stay healthy & smart! Avoid this snake oil!

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    Be Wary!

    BE WARY! Dr. Bernstein’s promotional weeks are a scam. Read the fine print or ask questions and get it in writing before you sign up! If for whatever reason you have to stop the program (perhaps because Dr. B’s diet doesn’t agree with you) any accumulated weeks go to the END of your program. THEY WILL NOT GIVE YOU YOUR FREE WEEKS UNLESS YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE PROGRAM! Example, I purchased 8 weeks, theoretically receiving 2 weeks for free. I assumed these 2 promotional weeks get used up immediately after the 8 weeks I purchased. Assuming this, and since NO ONE let me know otherwise, I purchase another 4 weeks with 1 week free. Because of the lack of calories we eat on Dr. B’s diet, about 300-400 max/day (no wonder you can drop weight fast!), my health started to deteriorate rapidly. They kept upping the potassium and telling me not to eat any bread or fruit because the weight was dropping too slowly. I was eating less than 250 calories a day. Only the two proteins and 2 vegetables. I was starving myself! I started vomiting and blacking out! Their B shots didn’t do a damn thing to help my energy level. I lost muscle tone in my facial features. I couldn’t even smile. I was lethargic. Weak to the point I just lied in bed vegetating. I went to a specialist and he told me not to go back on the diet. So I call up North Vancouver, BC’s clinic and ask for a refund for my last 4 weeks. They tell me what it is. I don’t understand. Their “real” story gets revealed about the promotional weeks and I get screwed. BE WARY! ANY DIET THAT REDUCES CALORIES TO THE EXTREME OF 300-400 CALORIES A DAY, NO DOUBT, YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT, BUT AT WHAT COST TO YOUR HEALTH??? They told me my free weeks are there at the clinic if I want to come back and do their program again. I couldn’t believe what they’d said. NO ONE TOOK MY DETERIORATING HEALTH CONDITIONS, FROM DR. B’S DIET, INTO CONSIDERATION. They did not give a damn.

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  • 82
    Susan

    I am an insulin-dependent diabetic who is very familiar with the process of ketocis. In fact, I have been hospitalized 5 times in my life for going into keto-acidosis – a state where one becomes so sick because the ketones in the body start to burn muscle and organ tissue that I can’t even keep down water. The potential permanent damage from playing with these metabolic processes can be long-term and fatal. I’d love to lose weight quickly and permanently, but my own experience with keto-acidosis makes me want to have NOTHING to do with ANY ketosis mojo. Best of luck to all trying to make healthy lifestyle changes!

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  • 83
    Tara Frenette

    A lot of the people posting have lost the weight but find the service crappy. If staff were writing these “positive comments” wouldn’t they be nicer to themselves? I am seriously considering this as a short term solution for losing 40 or 50 pounds. At 215 moving in the gym is brutal on my knees, shins and other joints. I don’t have 6 hours a day to exercise like they do on the biggest loser and i am on Thyroid meds. An hour in the gym zaps every last drop of energy from me. I just want something that will work and I don’t believe that someone who has never been fat, will ever understand what this is like!

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  • 84
    Dinah Billard

    Hi I have tried the diet in brampton ont and the results were great. I now live in stephenville nl and was wondering if there is any way you could help me now.

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  • 85
    Leela

    i want to lose 70lbs and thinking about joining Dr Bernstein.

    any advice.

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  • 86
    Mike Swainson

    I have alot of concerns over this diet.

    1 Your only eating 700 to 900 cal a day..

    2 The Vitamin Injections will mask your hungriness, due to the fact it will give you energy.My opinion is its just a cash grab.

    3 Your metabolism is going to plummet and your hormones will be all screwed up.

    4 What happens after your off the diet and you balloon up to a higher weight due to the fact you will be eating normal again.

    5 For example a 40 year old woman needs 1300 calories a day just to function.with no exercise.

    6 You will see a good weight loss in the fo
    irst couple weeks, you do with all diets

    7 There are much safer ways to lose weight out there and to continue with a healthy active lifestyle.

    8. Anybody who wants to try this please see a licensed personal trainer to get some sense talked into you.

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  • 87
    Elizabetta

    Hi everyone,
    I have tried this diet, I did not lose even though it showed clearly that I was burning Ketones. I still continued, when I inquired about their guarantee(If the client is burning ketones, but didn’t lose 10 Lbs. for a month, its free until the client loses 10 lbs), they became sooo rude and next visit they cancelled my membership, so I lost my money for nothing.
    I am wondering why the college of physicians aren’t taking a stand.

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  • 88
    Crystel

    Hi, I have donet the Dr.Bernstein diet twice in my life and both times i lost tremendous weight. I found his program to be ridiculously expensive and the Doctors that worked for him where on deaths door. In my opinion they were there for show and not there to monitor your progress. They had no knowledge on nutrition all they want you to do is have ketones in your urine, which is very dangerous for your kidney. I did the program and some of the maintaince program and eventually gained it all back and more. It is terrifying to think that Dr.Berstein is still able to practise this harmful diet on such vulnerable people. People that are at there wits end and feel like giving up he give such a false hope. I am a true believer in knowledge and with knowledge comes power. Eating healthy and exercise is the key to weight loss and keeping it off! Dr.Bernstein is giving you a quick fix that cost an arm and a leg. He should be ashamed of himself! I am execise everyday and I eat healthy! nothing should be completely deprived from your diet! counting calories and knowing what is clean food! do your research please. Don’t be fooled by Dr.Berstein you have controll of your own body and make the decision that will lead you to a healthy lifestyle. I wish you all the best of luck and I know how it feels to be fat and un-happy.. look into the mirror and tell yourself that you are worth it and you deserve to be healthy and happy and Dr.Berstein is not the way to go.. you will gain everything back and your money spent would be for nothing. Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts.

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  • 89
    Franny

    Good for you Dianne! I too want to live a long and healthy life, that is why I decided to go on this diet. I’m not going to lie to you, it is a very hard diet, but it works if you follow it. This is my second time around. I had originally joined last year this time. Lost 30 pounds, looked amazing, I went off it and gained it all back with an extra 8 pounds to boot! I was so upset with myself because I hadn’t applied what I learned about healthy eating habits. So now, I am back at it again, one week in and lost 4.5 pounds. It really does work if you follow it precisely. There is no room for cheating. Once you do go off the diet, apply what you learned and maintain good eating habits by incorporating lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, drink plenty of water and exercise at least three times a week. Of course, you can indulge once in a while, but then go right back to your healthy routine. Stay healthy and fit!

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  • 90
    dianne

    This is a very good diet- it works and teaches you to eat healthy low fat/low /cal. foods . I have lost 35 pounds and it is still off and I plan to never gain it back- my Cholesterol levels dropped 3 points- some health insurance will cover the costs – check your plans.. I want to live to meet my future grandchildren …. being obese is the cause of most health issues- it is not easy but if you really want to loose – this diet works – wt watchers is good but it just takes so long.. the results are fast and the health benefits are great.. It teaches you so much about how to get those pounds off fast if you gain a bit when your out for those specail events or vacation time when it is very hard to diet.. Good Luck with whatever diet you choose .. we only have one body and one chance to take care of it- life is not a dress rehearsal

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  • 91
    Realist

    Here is a concept. Get some exercise (A gym pass is $20-$30 per month) and eat healthy whole foods and properly portion your meals. I have lost 50 lbs of fat in the last 12 months and not gained a pound back. In addition, I have more energy than ever and have not been sick in almost a year. There are a few reoccuring themes in the above i) the diet starves you ii) all of the weight or more is gained back after iii) injections? come on this is not natural, not healthy and people are spending thousands of dollars. Diets are stupid short term solutions and dont work long term, the goal is to change habits permenantly. Stop eating garbage and start eating natural whole foods and exercising 3-5 times per week. Stop making excuses (tired from work, too busy ect.) I dont mean to offend anyone here but after reading the above I dont understand why anyone would do this in the first place and to spend thousands of dollars to do it is even more bizzare. Sounds like this comapany needs to be put out of its misery. I would bet the only positive feedback above is coming from the branch managers to try and diffuse how people really feel about this crooked company.

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  • 92
    christa

    Is there a Berstein support group available? I would like to talk to other clients and swap ideas and recipes

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  • 93
    debbie goodley

    this diet is the worse dieti have ever been on…lets start with the number one thing….. first to be sucessful at weight loss, you have to understand why u are overweight.. for most of us , there is an underlying problem we have to deal with before we even begin to lose weight… have u ever noticed u lose a ton of weight but the other problems are still there… mmmmm. we need to deal with that first to be sucessful…. also at the clinics they dont teach u how to eat… they said tome , when i hit a plateau, oh well cut out your fruit for a few days… My god, i wasnt getting much to eat as it was and they wanted to take my food away from me…take it from me, just join something more healthy and join a good support group.. that will be alot cheaper and u will be more successful… good luck all, and stay away from dr. bernsteins, the only thing u will lose is hundreds of dollars….

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  • 94
    newposter

    Could someone please set out what the current fees are?

    Thanks very much.

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    Arin

    After the inital consult fee of $315, it will cost approx. $635 every MONTH.

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  • 95
    Ashley

    I have only good things to say, not about Dr. B’s diet however. I am doing this diet on my own. I take the vitamins (including) the injections and its going great. I’m on day 2 week 2 and I’ve lost 12 lbs. I feel amazing I’m so motivated and I truly feel that those who gain alllll the weight plus more simply and unfortunately did not take the knowledge of healthy eating and apply it past the diet. I get it! Low cal diets are bad at the same time I am eating way healthier then I have in my life. Its portion control. Enough excuses about how bad and blabla if you need to lose 30-40lbs this is it. And so far I’ve paid 100 dollars for EVERYTHING (groceries excluded) as opposed to that thief Bernstein. If you need to spend 1000′s of dollars to get your self in shape fast then I apologize, but your simply not ready for a lifestyle change and I agree you will gain it back. Good luck to everyone and I mean no disrespect; just stating the obvious.

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    Arin

    Hi Ashley,

    How did you know what amounts for the injections???

    Where did you find all your info?

    Thank you :-)

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    lilen

    ashley, how are you doing this on your own,i would also like to know1

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  • 96
    Reign

    In my younger years I was able to do a combination of cardio, strength training and eat in moderation to loose weight. After 3 children, high stress job etc etc. (which may all be excuses) I have found I comfort my self with food, I also have sweet “teeth”, toothis putting it mildly. It is one thing to know what to do and doing it. I am now 45 years old my health is deterioating and one would think that that would be motivation enough but I can’t seem to stay motivated. I would start one week and do well and then fall off again. I have always been told that a healthy weight loss is 1.5 to 2 pounds per week. I have been counting on my past success of loosing weight and my friends telling me that “you have done it before”. My weight is now a whopping 248 pounds and I have been trying to do it again by myself for several years without success. I would start one week, grocery shopping for healthy food, exercise and stop within a week. I thought maybe I need some other motivational factor like being accountable to someone else to get a kick start. I was ready to get this kick start by going on a weight management program by a Dr. P… a program recommeded by a friend. On Dr. P’s program a referral is required from your GP, this program states it is for those who have a BMI over a certain amount and other health issue. I saw my GP on Friday about Dr. P’s weight management program and he was opposed to it. He instead recommended Dr. B’s program. I was quite anxious to get this program started and came up on this site last night and I am quite appalled to see the negative comments in particular about the side effects and to boot the poor treatment for such an expensive program. If this program is in fact healthy and safe barring the reported poor treatment I would be willing to try the program because this would be for my benefit. But I am skeptical because of the reported low caloric intake as commented by one person being 800 -900 cal per day, how can that be healthy? I understand consuming this small amount of calories per day will slow down the metabolism and once regular food is reintroduced in the diet the weight piles on again. I got the impression that some foods will be barred forever. Why would a GP recommend a program that others think is so unhealthy????

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    Shar

    I read a book a while back about people who were succesful at weight loss and had kept their weight off for two or more years. They had all tried to lose weight before w varying degrees of success. The final time around they all had one thing in common – “something clicked”. That is how I feel about Dr. B. I have tried everything good bad and in between. I had a very hard time taking off any weight partially due to a bad accident which had me on my ass for two years and partially due to bad habits. W Dr. B I started loosing weight right away and over the following year I lost over 120 lbs. I recently gained 20 lbs and returned to my clinic in a panic. I have since lost 10lbs and plan on having the rest off before Christmas. Keeping the weight off will be something I will have to work at I am sure for the rest of my life but I do not want to weigh 300lbs again EVER. The biggest prob I had was hair loss which I had put down to menopause (I am 52). The doctor at the clinic was asking questions during one of the appts and as soon as she heard I was having this prob introduced omega 3′s and flax oil into my diet. I still have my hair, am healthier than I have ever been and am very happy. There is lots to tell about my experience but this is not the place. My biggest advice would be to pick a clinic if possible where you get the best support – mine on Blair in Ottawa is amazing. The nurses and the docs are super and I really feel like they tweak the diet to work for me personally. Good luck. I hope Dr. B is your “click”.

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  • 97
    Gigi

    I turned 50 in January and my goal for my 50th year was to lose my extra pounds. So far, I have lost 5 on my own and I have 30 more to go. I am thinking Dr. B to lose the weight. My thought is to lose the weight, take vit B when I get into maintenance and then join WW to keep it off. Can anyone tell me why this wouldn’t work?

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    Grace

    Hi – I lost 60lbs with Dr. B by the end of Sep 2010. I started the program in May. I joined WW immediately to maintain. According to BMI, I still need to lose 10 more lbs and I can see that too. So I plan on losing the last 10lbs with WW and I know I will have to become lifetime member with them. The only way and it’s not so bad. By the way, I was able to maintain the weight I lost with Dr. B for 3 months now.

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  • 98
    jennifer

    I did it and lost 50lbs. I am going back to lose the last 20. Yes it is expensive, yest it works, and yes you have to be VERY careful to not gain it back. As far as being unhealthy…I have never felt better in my life. I eat more on the diet then I did off the diet. (More of better quality food). You have to be mature and serious to do this, otherwise you will definately gain it all back plus more.

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  • 99
    Suzanne

    I was on this diet and lost 50 lbs. The problem was that it killed my metabolism. And as soon as I ate over 800 calories in a day….I put weight on. I had to go on a different diet to teach my body how to burn food again. It was in Starvation mode for so long. It does work….just be careful.

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  • 100
    CP

    Don’t ever give them a deposit, they do not give refund. They want your money for doing nothing. This is a scam and it is being allowed to happen in 2010.

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  • 101
    vinchy

    i have my first appointment tomorrow, I am very excited, I have spend 2 hour reading through all the comment and i have conculded that no one disputed, that you do loose weight fast, which is what i want. I feel confident because i love working out and going for long joggs. I just a baby and gained 30lbs and now i want it off to go back to my previous life style. wish me luck.

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  • 102
    jo

    I’m going to be 50 yo next month ..I’m done with being fat and I am going to join Dr. B…I know its expensive but that’s my gift to me..my health

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    Sha

    I joined at 51 and lost over 100 lbs. I was off program for about 6 months and was doing very well then had some stressful family issues and gained back just over 20lbs so I have gone back and have already lost almost 10 lbs. I know a lot people have negative comments but this diet gave me back my life. If I have to go back once a year to maintain it will be worth it to me. Good Luck on your journey

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  • 103
    Ashley

    I read someone say they give themselves the vitamin B injecteions….how does one do this? can you buy the supplies? Is it better than just taking a pill?

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  • 104
    Your all grown ups

    It funny about all the complaints about Dr. B.
    1. When anyone chooses to pay for a program it is because they don’t have the will power on their own to loose the weight. ” put you money where your mouth is” right?
    2. The plan works and give you tools to take with you after to keep up the weight loss and/or maintain the weight.
    3. Once you have reached your goal (with much sacrifice)You have what it take to inter grade what you have learn to make it a part of your daily life style.
    ** Let’s be real! It is not a permanent solution, and does render result. It is a tool to make work for you what did not work before.

    I did Dr. B because I had chronic fatigue and my GP would not acknowledge that I did. This developed because I gained about 30lbs in 2 months because of some med prescribed- I would fall asleep at stop lights. I lost the 30lbs in 9 weeks and I was back to normal, even my arthritis and back issues were no as prominent.
    ** Sometimes we have to deal with cold and uncaring people who have the things we need, and in doing so we mush remember in all that the goal is that we have to take care of ourselves and use whatever knowledge we get from one or a few sources and tweak it to our needs.
    ** If you fell of the diet plan, jump back on (you don’t need to go back to their offices- buy the vitamins B tablets). ****
    Take some of the blame for your health ( that may be hard for some to hear- but that’s life).
    Be and think positive about your health.

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  • 105
    JJ

    It funny about all the complaints about Dr. B.
    1. When anyone chooses to pay for a program it is because they don’t have the will power on their own to loose the weight. ” put you money where your mouth is” right?
    2. The plan works and give you tools to take with you after to keep up the weight loss and/or maintain the weight.
    3. Once you have reached your goal (with much sacrifice)You have what it take to inter grade what you have learn to make it a part of your daily life style.
    ** Let’s be real! It is not a permanent solution, and does render result. It is a tool to make work for you what did not work before.

    I did Dr. B because I had chronic fatigue and my GP would not acknowledge that I did. This developed because I gained about 30lbs in 2 months because of some med prescribed- I would fall asleep at stop lights. I lost the 30lbs in 9 weeks and I was back to normal, even my arthritis and back issues were no as prominent.
    ** Sometimes we have to deal with cold and uncaring people who have the things we need, and in doing so we mush remember in all that the goal is that we have to take care of ourselves and use whatever knowledge we get from one or a few sources and tweak it to our needs.
    ** If you fell of the diet plan, jump back on (you don’t need to go back to their offices- buy the vitamins B tablets). ****
    Take some of the blame for your health ( that may be hard for some to hear- but that’s life).
    Be and think positive about your health.

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  • 106
    diane

    I lost 46 lbs on Dr.B diet. I’m on maintenance and doing great. I feel great, my confidence has increased. It’s a lifestyle change. It’s expensive, but if you can afford it, it is so worth it.
    The appointments are short and the staff really get you in and out. I was in both the Scarborough clinic and Airport clinic and the staff there are phenomenal. I was really impressed with how amazing his staff are. I hope Dr. B reads this.
    You have to commit and put in some effort but honestly it’s aincredible.
    Thanks ladies for putting me back on track.
    Diane

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  • 107
    Don't be silly

    I must say after reading ALL comments that the feedback is typical…you hear the negative comments from the people who did this diet expecting miracle life long results without having to maintain. This is a great way to lose the weight but you have to make a committment to work to keep it off. If you struggle with your weight today, you will struggle with your weight in 5 years, that is a fact. You have to be conscious of what you are eating and how much energy you are expending.
    Don’t blame a diet b/c you decided to stop and eat your face off and gain the weight back.
    I did weight watchers and lost 45 lbs. When I stopped doing the program I gained the weight back – heck yes I was mad and blamed WW but who was to blame?? ME!
    4 years ago I did the Dr B diet and lost 115 lbs in 7 months. I have since fluctuated between 5 lbs of this mark with careful diet monitoring (not restriction, moderation) and exercise. I am making an effort and that is what makes the difference.
    Dr B diet made the difference b/c it helped me get to where I wanted to be and I had to do the rest.
    Why do you think the nurses and doctor’s are strict with you people? Two reasons – 1.) They have a reputation to uphold, any diet will put you on contract or ask you to stop if you gain weight or steadily don’t lose…that means you are not following what they are telling you and so why waste everyone’s time?. 2.) They KNOW how much the diet costs and they WANT you to lose weight – so if they have to be strict with you or make you feel bad for not doing the plan, than turn that hate microscope back on yourself b/c it is YOU who are not doing what you are there for.
    IF you follow the diet, any diet, you will lose weight – you get what you put into it.
    And why is everyone so suprised that if you gained weight they would ask you to sign a contract to follow the diet and get results?
    The mad people on here are mad at themselves, but it is easier to blame a diet than yourself.
    The other negative comments are people who are either not financially able to do this diet (so they are in turn jealous and spiteful of those who can) and people who have no clue and are just spitting out some loosley fact based comments to look good.
    I had no gall bladder problems and no hair thinning issues. I have great skin now, look good, and feel good and I owe it to two things. Dr B and my own committment.

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    Sha

    YES! I lost over a hundred pounds w Dr. B last year. I think how positive an experience is is partially determined by the clinic you attend. My clinic is great and the nurses and doctors very supportive and concerned with my weight loss and health. After a year of dieting I got burnt out and did not go thru their maintenance program – my bad. Have had some personal issues this fall and fell off the wagon hard gaining back about 20 lbs. Sooo am back at the clinic to relose that poundage and go thru maintenance. This diet is hard and restrictive and it works for me. It is worth every penny and I have no health issues because of it – I am healthier today because I have lost so much weight. Thank you for your positive energy – it all helps.

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  • 108
    jean

    I have been on Dr. Bernstein for a year,took a break for the summer.Wanted to have alchohol.Went back in September and have 1 week left.I have lost80 pounds.I am going to do 2 months of maintanence.All i have to say is all diets are the same,you go back to eatign garbage and wieght comes back,keep eating healthy and results will stay .We all have our opinions and we listen to everyone but in the long run we are what we eat.This is not a diet it is a life change.

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  • 109
    frustrated dieter

    Dr. Bernstein is a low calorie fast weight loss diet….it is suppose to be a Dr. supervised program. It is s Dr. Bernstein “PUPPET Dr.” supported program. You are unable to get actual medical advise, whatever you question or concern you will be fed a Dr. B. approved statement. I was doing well on the program. Then I read that Ketosis robs calcium from your bones. I was concerned about my bone health and because the basis of the program is going into ketosis (that is what the urine strip test is for) I talked to the Dr. about my concerns (I was sincere in my inquiry not angry not snippy) and instead of answering my ? she attacked me and said I wasn’t doing the program well enough…..WHAT, I just wanted to know about the ketosis issue. One nurse who quit (a nice one, the one I liked) said she quit because they kept hiring LPN’s and calling them nurses. She in fact was the only R.N. in the office and she felt she had some responsibility on her part to not associate herself with the dishonesty. She was also having to make too many of the decisions as the others had no idea.

    Anyways there are a lot of strong feelings here but my vote is that it is unhealthy, not truly Dr. supervised and that it will lower your metabolism and make it very difficult to keep your weight off or to lose weight in the future. I would also like to know about the potential risk to your bone health…..but then they refused to answer that question.

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  • 110
    ch

    I am going to start this diet next week. I have some friends that have had wonderful results. I am really excited about it. I would rather spend money on losing weight than a new (larger) wardrobe. Thanks for all of your comments – most of the comments are positive and I like that!!

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  • 111
    Karen Brennen

    I am a friend of the 3 brothers that Bernstein used to advertize his program. All of them are fatter then they were before the program. Enough said

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    ToriaRae

    than I guess they didn’t change their lifestyle… Enough said…

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  • 112
    Happy

    I am just starting the fourth week of the Dr. B diet and am very happy with it – but think it will only work for certain people. Yes, I know I have to eat healthy and exercise — but i was struggling doing it on my own and I get really impatient if results are slow. Yes, this diet is a bit “hard core”, but it gets results fast – which helps with my impatience. And going there every other day, just keeps me honest and I find that the structure helps me. I have lost 15 pounds in the first three weeks, and just want to lose another 5 which makes me at the low end of the healthy weight range for my height. Then I plan to crank up my exercise and focus on healthy, clean eating – loads of veggies & lean protein, healthy fats –no sugar or fake food. Just keeping it simple. There are no magic bullets – Dr. B diet is just fast and very structured.

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    Diva3

    Hi Happy!!! I am new to the Diet and new to EVER writing a review. I posted my own COMMENT today and now responding to a few people whom I feel I could relate to. There seems to be only a few people who are all trying to lose that last 25-30 pounds where as most stories are from people who have to lose double that and more. Now a weight issue is a weight issue so I am not saying that they OR us have it any easier. The calorie intake is a botch no matter how you look at it!!! Lol!!! So I see you’ve let your first 15 pounds in 3 weeks. I am hoping to lose my entire weight loss goal which is 25lbs in 5 weeks if possible. Did you lose what you wanted in the time frame you expected. I always hear that the more you weigh ir have to lose…the quicker it happens. I am scraed that I will hit a stand still and see results that may be discouraging. I am giving myself the 5 week mark and wherever I am at that point…I’m on my own. I should mention that I am presently exercising and still plan to make it a regular routine for my future. I am scared to lose this weight and then watch it creep back on. considering that I am at my heaviest now I can’t imagine not being able to keep it off. I don’t generally have poor eating habits. This has been a bad winter, I’ve been on trips (which means we eat…everything!!!! Ha! ha! Ha! ) and not to mention I have suffered two major losses in my life which clearly has me down and unmotivated. So GIVE ME SOME positive news and tell me that you hav found success on this diet and have had no trouble keeping it off! I hope you are still checking out his site to see my response, Anxiously waiting….

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  • 113
    sun

    I started the diet on jan. 1st 2008.I was 206lbs when i started .Iwas on the diet for 6 months and lost 76lbs.I weny on the maintenance program for 2 weeks .I had to go back to Africa for 2 months suddenly.surprisingly enough i did not gain any weight weight. I came back here and gained 10 lbs which is not bad.I watch what I eat and try to exercise whenever i can.All in all dr.b,s diet did work for me.This diet is not for everyone.I heard lots negative things about the diet but in the end it was my decision to do it and i am glad i did.good luck for those of you consideing going on it.

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  • 114
    Lynda

    I have 30lbs to loose, and approx. how long will it take me to loose it, & about how much will I spend. What is the weekly cost etc. I’m on a very tight budget. Thanks

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    Diva3

    Sooooooo….. Did ya go on it? I as well have only 25 pounds to lose and I just started the program yesterday. My first set of injections are Monday. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time. It’s nice to see that there are others out there who only have a small amount of weight to lose and that they too have turned or are considering the Bernstein Diet. I need a push…FOR MOTIVATION.

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    Nazia

    Hey did u you lose ur last 25 pounds..becuz i have to lose 25-30 pounds and im starting on tuesday so nervous to get on this program …pls guide me

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  • 115
    alisbg

    Best diet ever…

    I have done many diet programs in my life. I am a 30 year old guy who has been suffering from being over weighted since 19 years old.

    I did at least 9 different way…I lost weight in all but couldn’t keep it…

    With Dr. B. I lost 58 lbs in 2 1/2 monthsI used to be 257… I am 199 …my height is 6 ‘ 3″

    Yes the progam is expensive but I think this is a 2nd motivation…hell…who wants to spend a lot of money and eat bad again and gain it back???

    somebody said that we are survivours????
    of what…. we have more than 700 people in our clinic…and all of them are happy….healthy and losing weight…

    if you are tired of weight issues…trust me…this is your answer…

    cheers

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  • 116
    ToriaRae

    I’m a Dr.B’s success story… How I view Dr.B’s is simple… Some people go to the gym to get fit… other people need the Biggest Loser to get fit… Some people need weight watchers… other people need Dr. B’s… Is it the extreme, yes… Some people need the extreme so they see their success sooner and will stay motivated… Losing 5lbs a month compared to 25lbs a month kept me motivated and focused. I have lost my 110lbs and have kept it off for 2 years now… because like ALL weightloss plans it is a life style change, not a quick fix… We’re all individuals with individual needs… I wish everyone luck with their life style changes which ever road your journey takes you on… Stay motivated and focused and you will achieve!

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  • 117
    Nurse Grammar

    Please check your grammar and spelling before submitting your comments. Your posts would be much easier to read.
    As for the Dr. Bernstein Diet, it’s simple: you pay a lot of money to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time. In all honesty, like any fad diet, it isn’t healthy. However, you will lose weight if you follow the plan, just like with Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Herbal Magic. They are all the same gimic. Dr. Bernstein’s Vitamin B injections are what Herbal Magic’s herbs are to the diet. That is how they claim to be different. Anyone who consumes less than 1000 calories a day will lose a lot of weight, that kind of a diet isn’t sustainable though. We could all save ourselves plenty of money & grief with a simple plan. Less intake, expend more energy. Use the common sense that you all claim to have.

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  • 118
    lola

    I see the point in people saying how wonderful this diet is and so on. Yes, I have a friend who rapidly lost the weight, meanwhile, me doing through exercise and proper calorie intake for my weight/size. It drives you MAD and up the wall. I have considered this diet many many MANY times, but came to this conclusion. My friend went on the diet now 3 times, gains back about 10lb more on top of what she’s lost.. and won’t have a ‘piggy out’ dinner once a month; why; cause she’ll gain a few lbs. Now – I sweat my butt off, eat 5 times a day and do not go below 1200 calorie a day. I’m loosing my 1-2lbs a week steady, and when I pig out – I have absolutely no GUILT about it. I know that I’ll work it off the next day. I have all the energy in the world, and she is moody and never wants to do anything.. What the heck is that good for?

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  • 119
    Theresa

    I lost 53 pounds in two months on Dr. B. diet. Had to quit because my Potassium levels could not be controlled. Some of my friends went on it and if you are not losing enough weight fast enough, they kick you out (with no refund) and accuse you of cheating. When I did the program, it cost half of what it does now. Dr. B. has just become completely greedy. Go to Weight Watchers, much more sensible.

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  • 120
    Hair loss

    Has anybody out there experience hair loss on dr b. diet?

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    KarenOh

    I did get hair loss–about half my hair fell out. On the other hand, I did go from 326 to 208 lb in about 8 months (then I stopped, and, over 4 years, put on 140 lb, and am now using Spark (free). Have dropped 79 lb so far simply by eating sanely and doing very moderate walking–but it is slower, as that is over 9 months–but I eat about 1600 calories a day).

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  • 121
    Hair less

    Has anybody out there experience hair loss on dr b. diet?

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    Baldy

    YES! ME! I lost about half my hair… and it hasn’t grown back :( Can anyone tell me what to do?

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    Anonymous

    have you tried taking Bari efa? or Omega 3 6 9?

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    Sha

    Yes. Am also going thru menopause so I believe it was a combo of the low fast diet and insance hormone levels. My doc at the clinic recommended this organic flax oil plus omega 3 tablets. It seems fine now and I have lost over a hundred pounds. Love this diet and love my clinic.

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    DON'T Do IT

    You bet, a ton of hair has fallen out; but there are even more serious medical problems – permanent ones! Like the need for corrective surgery (gallbladder removal). My surgeon is appalled that Dr. Bernstein is still in business, given how many patients he has had to fix from this diet. Oh yes, hopefully you won’t get the accompanying abdominal pain & throwing up; hair loss pales to this horrible experience. Stop before this starts, please!

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  • 122
    VIVI

    I went on the diet last year after i had my baby. I went in at 240lbs and came out at 230lbs. i had to stop b/c it was getting to expensive. but the shocking part was that my stomach blow up so big that i could not understand why. I was thinking that it may had to do with the shots that i was taking in my stomach. anyways i realized that the diet was not for me. my friend was on it and lost the wieght back she keeps goin backing b/c it seems like the wieght is crepping back on her..well good luck to u all that are on the diet

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  • 123
    missun

    i have one question, how in the heck does dr.bernstein see every patient at every location across canada and us.

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  • 124
    Montreal

    Well I’ve been challenged with mu weight since I can remember, I’ve tried several other diets including WW and body for life. I was successful at BFL, but I was in the gym 5-6 days a week… No success at all with ww, 1/4 lbs to 1/2 lbs per week really is hard to stay motivated.

    My friend lost 70 lbs since march, she looks great, is not complaining of any of the above listed side effects with the only exception that she has to come to ottawa 1/week.

    On my part, I’ve researched the internet and the B12/b6 might really be good for me since I have a the signs of lacking in theses.

    It looks strick and I’m sure it will be a challenge, but I have to try it sice I’ve tried everything else. If only my eating habits were to blame, but I can’t say it’s 100% my case since I eat relatively well.

    Today is my first day, I hope this will work for me.

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  • 125
    shinystar

    hi, i gained 30 ibs during my pregnancy. i have been on Berstein for 7 weeks now and have lost 16.5 ibs…i still have 14ibs more to go..i;ve noticed that the weight loss is much slower this month(in 3 wks i have only lost 3.5 ibs) and its painstaking. I wasnt feeling well last week and gained 1ib back..so do u guys think its worth to stay on thsi diet, if weight loss is so slow..(ALso have NOT being cheating, have been burning ketoses but really slow)

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  • 126
    Cathy

    I have been on this program for 1 month.. so far I am down 22lbs.. I need to lose 38 more! I don’t know how ppl can say this is an unhealthly way of eating… I am eating more vegetables and fruit and chicken then what ever have in my life.. Now I guess the ppl that are saying this is unhealthly diet.. are still eating Pizza on friday nights. and pasta tuesdays and don’t forget bacon and eggs and home fries on the weekends .. and thats just the food you cook at home.. never mind all the take out.. no wonder our children are all becoming over weight!..
    good luck to all that start this diet.. and just remember if you want a glass of wine or a bite of that burger.. it’s a $160. for a glass of wine or a bite of burger.. is it worth it!!!!!!!
    good luck
    Cathy

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  • 127
    Maya

    Hi guys,

    I have so many things to say about dieting and eating healthy. I joined Dr Bernstein’s health and diet clinics in January 2008 after many failed diets. By July, I had lost 111 pounds in total. I weigh 345.4 pounds when I started and HAD to stop the diet at 235. I am a lucky survivor and I am willing to go the extra mile to tell my story to everyone. I followed it to a “T”… And was extremely successful doing it. The only thing is, I was never able to burn K-tones. After a few months, they took away by bread substitutes, and then a few days later, they took away my fruits, followed but no beef and no salmon. Then they looked at the “allowed vegetable list” I was following and scratched off most of what I was allowed to eat. I was left with boiled chicken and lettuce and they could not understand why I was unable to lose weight. Luckily for me, I had started dating a man that is into nutrition and exercising. He calculated my calorie intake and it was 400 to 450 calories a day and I had been like that for 1 month. He flipped out and begged me to get off the program. He got me a gym membership, a personal trainer and a nutritionist after finding out that my liver was about to fail on me if you I wouldn’t quit the diet. I woke up one day with about 8 pimples in my face and had to be rushed to the hospital. I had lost all my muscle mass as well and was unable to lift a baby… Between my bf and the nutritionist, they had to push me to eat again. I remember my bf used to fight with me all the time to eat. I never went back to my old eating habits but I did gain about 70 pounds because I am eating like a normal human being. I still don’t eat complex carbs and everything sweet has to be sugar free. This diet works and I spent lots of money on it. It turns out that my weight problems came from my hormones and waiting for an operation in the next coming months. If it wasn’t for my bf, I don’t think I would be here right now telling you my stories. Dr B diet used to tell me that I should go down to 120 to 130 pounds but the truth was that my BMI (which is the bones and organs) weigh 160 pounds. So I would have to give up an organ or 2 if I really wanted to succeed with them. And also, I have side effects from the needles. I now can’t sleep on my sides and can’t be touched on the “but” area where I used to get my needles because of the pain. Again, it works, it’s a lot of hard work, but I also believe that there are other alternatives to this diet. It should be your last resource. I can’t say anything else because when I decided to do it, I didn’t care what other people told me, I really wanted to lose. It does educate you a lot about food and how to eat but it is a little extreme! So all I can say is for those of you that are convinced, I wish you all the luck. For those of you who are hesitant, please don’t do it and for those of you who hate it, you have all the right to feel that way.

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    k c

    had done this diet in the past and did loose weight…i went down 55 lbs in approximately 4.5 months. what happened besides myself loosing weight during that time? lost hair, got brittle nails, dry skin and was miserable due to the fact that i was consuming almost NO calories while on this diet. did start the diet again last month, however will be discontinuing it!!! why am i doing this??? lets see…the cost…if i want to consume less food, i don’t need to pay someone to tell me that…also, why should i pay a ridiculous amount of money for the vitamin B6 and B12 injections they charge “clients” a fortune for…i can just as easily go to GNC and purchase the vitamin B6 and B12 drops they have there (in doing that, i will no longer have BRUISES across my abdoman from shots…btw, have had one side of my abdoman with bruise on it for a minimum of 2 weeks now…it is NASTY looking, the other smaller one is slowly going away…NO MORE BERNSTEIN FOR ME!!!!! the canadian food and drug administration along with health canada should pay close attention to practices such as this!!!!!!!!!

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    Bunn

    Curious to know what specifically are the ‘benefits’ of taking these B6 B12 injections? Are the drops just as affective? Can you buy this at GNC? I live in Canada. thanks/ Bunn.

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    gensarc

    I too would like to know if these drops can be purchased in Canada but to be honest the shot has two things: it goes right into the blood and i use the prick as a mental reminder of the diet and it helps me keep on track through the day

    nearlyblonde

    Maya,,,,,why not sue the sob????

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  • 128
    Grace

    I totally agree with what Carlos has to say. Take ownership and get educated about your body. You know that your liver need to work harder so why not check for gallstones if you already have them and blast them ahead of time.

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  • 129
    Carlos

    Over the past 9 years, this is the 3rd time that I am on the DR Bernstein diet.

    The first time around I lost 86 lbs, and did not do the maintenance program once I reached 200lbs (I am a guy). I kept the weight off for about 1 year, but then decided to go back to school, and drinking a lot, and eating a lot of junk food slowly made the weight creep back up, along with no excercise…which is normal for anyone, not just because you come off the diet. I did not make the right choices.

    Same thing happened last year, and that was because i never finished, and I cheated a lot on the diet.

    This time I have lost about 30 lbs in a month and a half, and would like to lose another 50. I have come to the realization, that once you loose the weight, you need to take at least 3-6 months to really pack on the muscles in order for your metabolism to be faster and not gain weight from eating healthy and normal. And I do take ownership. The diet is great, it is a very healthy way of eating and it is plenty of food.

    Ownership does have to be taken, as once the weight is loss, and you still go back to your old “overweight” eating habits (as I have), of course you will gain the weight.

    SOOOOOO:

    If you can afford it, I recommend to do the diet, stick to it as much as you can (no sense killing yourself if you would like to cheat once in a while), and as soon as you go on maintenance, start with the training and packing on some muscles in order to keep burning the fat.

    This diet is not a magic solution and it is a lot of HARD work, but that makes the victory that much sweeter.

    I find that DR Bernstein himself is a little bit too strict for my liking, BUT the nurses are great and the structure of this diet (going in 3 times per week) and the high price is what makes it work, because suddenly there is more at stake that say, if you did WW.

    Good luck to all and stop hating coz you
    1- can’t afford it
    2- did as I did in the past and went back to eating all the garbage that got you there in the first place
    3- you just dont wanna push yourself to control yourself, which is sad because everybody can succeed at this.

    JUST BREAK THE OLD CYCLE

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    kathy

    Well you are on round 3 I did no evern get to get through round one and into maintenace. I got kicked out.

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    Marie

    Carlos – you have summed up everything perfectly. I am on Day 2 of the Diet and frankly, I need to break the cycle – go on autopilot and regain control. The diet is strict. Losing weight is hard. I need built in accountability as a motivator and great, fast results to keep me in the game (lost 2.5 pounds overnight!) It would be much easier to not do this diet and to just sit on my couch and continue eating my life away – read the comments – there’s tons of reasons not to do it. For me, there’s only one reason to do it – it works – I have everything to lose and a whole life to gain. I hope I stick it out.

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  • 130
    Worked4Me

    I’m on the maintenance program now – having lost 30 lbs in 2 months and keeping it off for 2 months now… I feel better than ever, my confidence is through the roof, my family is so proud of me and my husband has even lost 15lbs because of the food choices I make now. The program IS expensive, some insurance companies will cover part or all the costs though, and you are paying for the injections, time and medical supervision and advise from the Dr’s and nurses at the clinic. I was sad to read of the unprofessional manner that Kathy experienced- that was completely wrong, I however attend the Erin Mills clinic and the staff are all wonderful and friendly and very encouraging. If you are looking for some direction, need a guide to follow- assistance to reach your goal when nothing in the past has worked, I would suggest you at least try this program – because (without sounding too silly) you really do owe it to yourself to not make any more excuses and be the person you know you can be, a happier, healthier you. Best of luck.

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  • 131
    neveragain

    Someone asked what this diet was about. This is my opinion. When you walk in, the place smells of urine, due to them taking samples from every patient 3 times a week. How healthy can that be? They weigh you at the front desk (in the location I went to) which I find totally inappropriate. You go into a room and get your vitamin B injections, and you get lectured if you haven’t starved yourself enough that day or week. Really!? That doesn’t do anything for my confidence or motivation. I was also told that I could not use this shampoo or that moisturizer or this makeup or that prescription medication in order to be successful at this program. Come on – are you serious!? I still have quite a bit of weight to lose and whether I am educated or uneducated has no bearing on how I gained weight or how I will take the weight off. After two visits to this clinic last year, I can say I will never be back again. Although it is taking much longer for results, I will stick to losing weight the healthy way, which is only by burning more calories than I consume. This doesn’t mean starvation, as that never works long term and weakens your immune system and can possibly destroy your organs. The only “diet” proven to best work long term is eating what you want in moderation and exercising. Don’t deprive yourself of something you really want otherwise you may end up bingeing later. And we all know that isn’t healthy. Good luck to everyone out there on this journey, and be cautious about your choices.

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    positive experience

    I have gone a number of time… initially lost 30 pounds and went up and down a little… when I got out of control(and I stress I) i have returned to clinic to get back into good eating habits… I have never been treated rudely… in fact when I have slipped off the diet.. they encouraged me to try stick to diet for the next week and then i always saw results.. i don’t look like I have lots to loose .. tall but they always were understanding of slip ups and talked about exercise … I always felt like they knew if I cheated it was my waste of money… never belittled me … it is a great kick start for those who cannot lose weight any other way … and I tried

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    Don'tdoit

    DON’T do this diet, what they don’t tell you is the side effets from DrB Diet. Hairloss although temporary it falls out in clumps down the drain. Rapid weight loss causes gull bladder stones and yes removal of the gull bladder. I also had bile duct stones from the liver after this diet. Yes you’ll lose what they say, yes their dr’s there are a joke but you’ll gain the weight and you’ll have more medical issues than you thought of.

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    cautionadvised

    regretfully all true. yes, I lost 30 lbs, but also now have gallbladder problems & thinning hair, none of which were pre-existing conditions. Be cautious about proceeding.

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  • 133
    Grace

    I’ve lost over 20lbs in a month. I’ve been struggling with my weight for a long time too and I’m really glad I am doing this program. I’ve made all kinds of variety of food with what was allowed. I need to lose 50 more lbs and I intend to do maintenace and change my life style along the way. I don’t find it all that difficult and what a motivation and energy I got from seeing myself transformed. I feel sad for thoese who tried and didn’t work for them. I think this is the best program we have out there.

    Cheers to all who are sucessful.

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  • 134
    Chrissy

    I was reading this forum and I must say that there is truth in all the statements made. I was on dr B diet a year ago and I did lose 130 ibs in 7 months and I have kept it off. My weight gain was sudden due to the medication I was taking, but never the less I did weigh a lot. As I said I did diet and it did work and I did lose the weight!! YES diet is very expensive and VERY strict, but that is why it works so good and it is very fast! I must say that I did struggle while I was on it, but I did want to lose weight fast and I did. After I was done with diet I did gain 10ibs, but that is to be expected. After the diet I’m following healthy lifestyle and I exercise and I have lost those 10 ibs and now have great figure. So if one wants to go on this diet some things should be clear, you will lose the weigh fast, but it will be HARD and one has to change way of thinking.
    I loved this diet and if I had to I would do it all over again, but again that is personal. All the best to all of you!

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  • 135
    fed up

    I am going to try the Dr. B diet for 3 reasons… I want to lose the weight fast (and despite negative comments about other aspects of the diet, no one disputes that weight loss is quick), and 2. the high cost might serve as incentive for me not wanting to waste money and 3. the regular visits with the nurses (nice or not) keeps you honest. I also know it’s ME that is respnsible for losing weight, not the structure of the Dr. B diet is what i need right now to give me that “kick in the pants” :) Wish me luck!!

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    Cheryl

    How did you make out? Did you lose weight and keep it off?
    I am thinking of doing it too

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  • 136
    russo

    Dr Bernstein is not good for you i was on it for a while nd have problems with my knee pain and joints and my kidneys
    there are a few people in our office and they are having problems this is not good for u
    Dr bernstein is makig a killing
    looser we are paying so much
    well open ur eyes people

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  • 137
    thinkingaboutit

    I’ve read everything everyone has said and it’s all typical. Bottom line is there comes a time when we must take accountability for ourselves. If we eat more calories than we burn we’re going to gain weight. If you want to loose weight you have to either increase your activity level and start burning more calories than you intake or you have to decrease your calorie count…by how much is the question and at what cost! That is your decision. Good luck to everyone!

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    smart dieter

    Not true. It isn’t a simple calories-in-calories-out equation. Eating so few calories puts your body in starvation mode and slows your metabolism. When you start eating more food (even healthy food), your weight will go up. Best bet is to eat moderate, well-balanced diets (including carbs) and to exercise, especially with weight training, which will speed up your metabolism and make it easier to lose/maintain weight. The tough part is that the human body was designed to retain calories and that to lose weight requires the dieter to go hungry a lot of the time, which is really hard to do for anybody!

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  • 138
    curious

    Just wondering how many times is too many? Say you lose 60lbs and then put it back on 6 months later, go on it again and then again — to me that is very unhealthy!!!

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  • 139
    Vicky

    Can someone please give me an idea of what the diet is all about? Thank you.

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  • 140
    tobeslim

    I went on the Dr B diet, never cheated, lost 28 pounds in 6 weeks. They wanted my goal weight to be much lower then what I wanted though, I am 5’7″ and IF I recall they thought 135 was a goal weight. They don’t take into consideration the size of anyone’s frame!! That is important, in my opinion anyway. (Since I have a large frame, I would look ghastly at 135, I was sick years before & lost lost of weight and looked like a walking skeleton at 128 pounds!!) Well, I left the program, watched somewhat how I ate, and then gained inches, not necessarily weight (4.5 pounds in one year)so I went back for a few weeks till my friend told me about these Vitamin B6 & B12 Drops you can buy at GNC stores. She had joined Dr B too, had lost some weight & was looking great. Her & I decided to do the program on our own! Follow the program & take the Vitamin B drops! Well we kept our money in our pockets & the weight off!
    It is discipline, I wont deny that, but since we are not paying for the program we allow ourselves little ‘treats’ and go walking together etc.
    Friends say that my friend & I both still look great, 3 years AFTER leaving the clinic & paying out the big dollars!! Do I still follow the diet 100%, NO, but I use the food list as a guide for the most part, however I will not have some wanna be nurse harping at me on a Monday morning for eating popcorn at the movies on a Saturday night either!! FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!

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    madeupmymind

    I love your attitude and comments. I too am a Dr. B two timer. I was sitting in my living room considering a hat trick. Your post made me think. I lost 35lbs the first time. I lost 45lbs the seconde time (the first 35 again and then another 10). I ate right. I exercised. I kept the diary. I checked the food lists. I drank all the water. I can do it again. They also sell the strips to see to test your urine to see if you’re burning at GNC stores. Screw it. I am going back on plan and not paying my money to Dr.B. The nurses were bitches and the doctor was a cranky old unsupportive man anyway. Thanks tobeslim you help me make up my mind :)

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  • 141
    M

    How much of the b12 & b6 in ml do they give you each visit?

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    maintaining

    I have been on Dr B’s twice, and each time lost weight quite rapidly. Both times I had to stop because of financial reasons. However, I did find the diet easy to follow, and didn’t feel hungry at all. I now am using the food plan on my own, drinking LOADS of water (that’s the key to any weight loss)taking all the vitamins and supplements that were recommended by Dr B’s office, and am losing 2 lbs a week, the health weight loss amount. Dr. B taught me the right way to eat, even though I couldn’t stay on the program for all of my weight loss

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  • 143
    soos

    i got excited as i was reading the comments; n started 2 have second thoughts when i got 2 the negative comments! i have a big event on july 16, and i really need to lose 25 pounds until then! i have been depressed for a while! i walk fast on the tredmil for 2 hrs almost every day and i dance, its not making me lose weight… but its helping me maintain it :s (plus am not eating junk!) …Anyway i have my first appointment for the Dr B diet tomorrow! and i dont know whether to through with it or not!

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    ak

    soos

    i am considering making an appointment today…what did you finally decide?

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  • 144
    2xasfat

    Just a little bit of info on MR Stanley Bernstien. This diet is a scam. And he lothes about all the money he makes by making FAT women feel sexy. Ive sat many times at his private house in collingwood and listen to him alugh about this exact conversation. He is obsessed with this so much his wife left him and took 50% of everything . (looks good on him). He is many times has commented on having affairs with the low self esteem women that enter his practice. After hours visits are not rare with this women chasing little scum bag. Even his recomendation of asking women to wear a skimpy thong to make receiving the shots easier fulfills his sick fantasys. Stay away from this pervert.

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    Not surprised?!

    Heard similar things thru the grapevine. You’re brave to bring this out into the open … good work! Interesting how “profits blur the medical oath – do no harm”. Thanks for being so honest & for this forum!

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  • 145
    Unhappy

    Just recently had my gall bladder removed thanks to this starvation diet – apparently others have suffered the same consequence from the Dr. B Diet. Have been on the Bernstein diet 4 times and each time gained back weight – it’s a starvation diet that can’t be continued for life – not to mention the expense! My doctor strongly recommends South Beach Diet – it’s healthy and the weight comes off slowly and stays off.

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    Mel

    Please don’t blame the diet for having your gallbladder removed. Yo-yo dieting causes gallbladder problems. You said that you went on the diet 4 times, so I’m assuming in between you gained back a bunch of weight. Maybe if you really used the lessons that are taught in the diet you would have maintained your weight instead of gaining it all back!

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    Beware!

    On the contrary, I do indeed blame this diet for my upcoming surgery to have my gallbladder removed (in less than a week). VLCDs, like this one, are correlated as one of the causes for gall bladder problems; check out the plethora of existing medical literature to verify this; and furthermore, my surgeon would disagree with you. When I asked him about the connection between VLCDs and this condition, he clearly told me that from his experience (many patients) and other scientific studies, yes, without question, VLCDs certainly can cause gall bladder disease. I never was a “yo-yo dieter”; in fact, this was the only diet I ever formally tried. Nor did I have issues with my gall bladder prior to this diet. Yes 30+ lbs were lost, but now I’m far less healthier than when I started the B diet. Size 4 came at a very high price! Let’s not trivialize the POTENTIAL HARM this diet and other VLCDs can have! People need to know what may be coming their way if they choose to proceed with this diet. Not something I will ever leave to chance again. It is also highly unethical that the B clinics don’t advise dieters of the many potential side-effects. I hope Readers will think twice before making this choice. Vanity insanity … Consumers beware!

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    Mary Gordon

    It’s not the fault of the diet that if gained back weight. Name me a diet where this doesn’t happen if you revert to old habits! Losing weight is relatively easy compared to keeping it off. That is the REAL struggle.

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    full of questions??

    I have lost 30 lbs on the diet, very close to my goal weight, I have gained 6 back in 2 months. But now I am having galbladder attacks and am very sensitive to certain foods. Getting ultrasound next week but the pressure under my right rib is very uncomfortable all the time. Just wondering if this has something to do with the diet. I was scanning here to see if anyone else has had any problems after the fact.???

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    Serious Caution advised

    You’re not alone my friend; I experienced the same thing (after -35 lbs) & now have surgery scheduled for gall bladder removal in two weeks. The attacks are excruiatingly painful; i hope this won’t happen to you, but i know of several former B dieters that have unfortunately followed the same route to surgery. Also, my surgeon has many patients from this program. Please stop this diet before it gets worse, & believe me it does! Wishing you well, good luck!

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    Gallbladder Issues

    I agree – the Dr B diet also led to gallbladder attacks for me.

  • 146
    Docent

    To be honest, any diet that restricts your calories to 900 a day should make you lose weight! Follow the diet and stop with Bernstein! I have met a couple of people on Bernstein and they look unhealthy they’re just bags of skin and they’re shaky and seem like they’re not all there. Try the restrictive calorie diet and add some exercise. Instead of being a bag of skin you’ll firm up and lose the weight!

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    sure

    i followed it and lost and kept it off for the most part…i was not shaky and my cholesterol levels went to normal (nice), i did not look like a bag of skin and felt great. I didn’t WANT to cheat because why mess up my weight loss when it was coming off so easily and quickly (almost a high from watching it come off) knowing it would only be for a few weeks really…the vitamins help keep you from craving the sugars etc…worked for me. If I gain it is my fault because i’ve started eating the garbage and no veggies again…believe it.

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  • 147
    kmfs

    I did the berstein diet until recently. They closed my file because they wanted me to sign a form saying that I would go on stick diet and I would have to loose 2 lbs per week. I looked at everyting I was eating and looked up the calorie count and found I was only eating maybe 600 cal. per day. When they wanted me to sign the form and they told me I had three sticks against me that is why.
    I got mad and told them that signing a form and being forced to starve myself was F… Loonie. I told them to credit back my account right then and there and left. I emailed the DR B Diet head office asking for a meeting with Dr. B. and also a meeting with the BC Head person and they refused to talk to me and closed my file.
    Hows that for being treated so nicely.

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    fat again

    It’s nice to see some people actually got a refund. I signed the “committment” and still couldn’t lose because I was in fight or flight mode due to some personal issues and was told by the nurses and my family doctor that you cannot burn ketones during that time. I was whisked out sobbing that they wouldn’t let me continue and did not get a refund! I lost 92lbs the first time and had started to gain a bit back and rejoined a second time when this happened. I’ve now gained it all back plus 35lbs. I’ve not met anyone who hasn’t rebounded from this diet. Good luck to those who are doing it but make sure you have a back up plan when you finish :)

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  • 148
    kathy

    I was on this Diet 24 yrs ago. I lost 12 lbs the first week. That was the fluid that I was retaining. I lost 50 lbs and had to go off of the diet. You WILL lose weigh on a starvation diet. I felt like I had the flu all of the time. It got so bad that I could not eat anymore. I felt sick. I kept burning fat, but I was paying the price with my health. I looked old and tired as well. My family Dr. was very upset that I was on this diet. One day my heart rate dropped to 42 and that was very low. You can not fool around with your potassium either. It is dangerous. My nose was cold and running all of the time.
    I regained the weight yes and then some, but, you will after coming off of a starvation diet, gain some weight back. The best thing is to eat properly. Read about food combining…never meat and potato together for instance, and look into how toxic fructose is to our systems INCLUDING packing on the pounds! My husband and I checked our food and anything that we had with the first few main ingredients of fructose, we eliminated from our diet. The first 2 weeks I lost 7 lbs and my tummy went down! NO pop etc…..No gatoraide etc….read up on fructose…This Diet is dangerous and every Dr. should answer your questions. Even if the diet was free, you are his patient and are entitled to have your questions taken care of in an appropriate and professional way.
    K.T

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    annon

    I was on this diet last year (2010). I had the exact same symptoms that you had. I lost lots of weigh the first month and then a little less in the following months, I lost 40 lbs overall. I reached my ideal goal that was 127 lbs at 5’5″. However, I looked and felt sick to the point that everyone around me got worried about me and asked me if I were ill. I got off the diet, and have gained 15 lbs since last year, and I eat healthily and exercise. This diet made my skin look grey, and my hair fall out like crazy. You are right that PA supplements are never discussed as a potential danger. As my family physician (who urged me to get off this diet) told me: Too much Potassium poisons your body, and my grey skin, and constant nausea were the result of too much pa in my body.

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  • 149
    A. Prentice

    I did this diet 20 years ago when the injections were HGH (human growth hormone). I felt great, but didn’t really understand what I was putting into my body. Some months later, the injections were switched to Vit. B6&B12 compound. Dr. B. was incredibly rude and dismissive on almost every occasion that I met him and would not answer questions if it took longer than one minute to ask. His nurses were very nice, and extremely professional. I agree with Steve who posted that this diet was only for the very weak or uneducated or very rich who do not care what nutrition their body is receiving. Follow the diet outline if you must, but just take Vitamin B 100 compound daily to achieve the same results. Best of luck to all of you.

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    Clarice Jones

    Never saw Dr. B, but saw one of his “physicians”… who are these people.. are they such lousy doctors that they have to work in some little office seeing weight loss patients.. One of his doctors allowed my potassium level to go so high that I developed kidney stones..

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    m.

    the b100complex vitamins will not be as easily absorbed by the body as the injections, so i would suggest you order the vials of b12 and/or b6 at a pharmacy (no prescription required) and find someone who is certified to give you injections. the vials are approx. $10/each, which is A LOT cheaper than $600/month.
    I bought 10 ml of B12 injectable vitamin @ pharmaplus for $10. See if your family doctor will administer to you, or find a naturopath…. it will save you thousands in the end.
    The staff is instructed not to tell you how much cc’s of b6/b12 is in each injection, but if your family doctor asks for the dose (to update your medical file with him/her), then Dr. B will have no choice but to divulge the information because it is a ‘medication’ that is being administered to you as a patient.

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    pasc

    Do you live in Canada…

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    Anonymous

    I was on this diet on and off for two years to maintain my weight of 140 lbs. As soon as I went of the diet, my weight went up 25 lbs I was asked to sign the paper so dr. B could remove from himself any responsibility for my weight struggles. And at the end I was banned from the program because I was late for 1 (one) min !!! for my doctor’s appt. it was winter and snowstorm that day and it was6:30 am the nurse was very rude and there was nobody in the waiting room for the next appt. the appt lasted exactly 1 min the doctor did me a favor to see me . It is ridiculous. They do not appreciate your business. I did complain. And dr b decided to ban me from his program . He is not a real doctor and not even a good businessman who lost his client of 2 years.. He could not care less…

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  • 150
    Lynn

    I tired Dr. B’s diet and I lost the weight – many times and like most people I know gained it all back. I found the diet addicting – you keep going back and lose and pay and start all over again. I finally did it the old fashion and hard way – lots of excercise and portion control. I had a friend who did this diet and lost 100 lbs only to gain it all back and then some in a matter of weeks. It is a diet that cannot be sustained.

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    E

    Did the diet many many times, it is truly addictive, you will lose weight which is simply a “HIGH” and then gain it all back and more. I have another extra 15 pounds to lose that I never had 10 years ago….trust me I know….diet the normal way, Bernstein just a money making machine!!!

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    a

    anyone who can gain over a 100 lbs in a matter of weeks is disgusting and must have been sleeping at the 24 hour McDonalds

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    Janet

    to a:
    I absolutely agree with you.

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  • 151
    Ian

    I went on it and lost 30 pounds. When I stopped the diet and ate junk food again my wieght slowly creep up. I have to say the diet works really well and yes I think it cost to much but it did what they said it would…..The weight gain is my fault. I did learn how to take it off without the shots as you have all the information still, just no shots and as I am following the cook book again my weight is starting to fall off. Common everyone you GAIN WEIGHT BACK FROM EATING CRAP!! YOU NEED TO TAKE OWNERSHIP

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  • 152
    frankiew

    Love this diet!! I have been on it one week and am down 8.5 pounds, I want to lose 25lbs and to lose that much in one week is great motivation! After the first 3 days I am not even hungry at all, unlike any other diet I have been on. I don’t think its unhealthy, I can’t remember the last time I’ve eaten 16 oz of vegetables a day and 2 fruits…..you want to talk unhealthy how about the pizza and nachos that got me here in the first place!The only vegetables I ate then was what ever was topping those things! Anyhow, you must stick to the diet, no cheating, thats what messes it up and makes you feel hungry. I can’t say enough positive things about the diet or the clinic I visit, sure I had to pay for the initial consultation but there was no high pressure to purchase any specific number of weeks, it was totally up to me! No pressure to purchase their products, nothing! Good Luck to anyone starting and sticking with this diet….I am so happy I did!

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    kmfs

    I did the diet and got pissed off when they wanted me to sign a form to guarantee that I will loose 2 lbs a week.
    this is not what dieting is about it is about getting positive help and helping to keep the weight off the first 10 lbs is always retained water of the sodium intake,

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    frankiew

    They only have you sign a contract if you are not meeting your targeting goals…if you’re not meeting them then sorry to say your cheating! There is no getting away with cheating on this diet, they test your urine 3 times a week and they know if you’re cheating. If you want support and positive feedback for cheating on a diet then go to Weight Watchers….they’ll give you a big hug every weigh in even if you’re up 5 pounds! Most people I know on that plan are “lifetime” members..you know why cause you’re there for life!!

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    DJ

    WOW there for life???I hope you have a good job! I was on the diet for 1 yr and spent well over 5000.00 to lose 60 lbs only to gain back 80lbs and yes I lost the weight fast but I also lost alot of my hair, had to have my gallbladder removed and was starving following this diet to a T.

    The positive comments are coming mostly from the people that have not been on it for long or have a measley 10-20 lbs to lose. But if you have 80 lbs to lose it will cost you a fortune. The “nurses” that I experienced were total bitches and not nice to anyone that walked in to the clinic.

    I believe that WW is the way to go to have all the goodness and not have to give up too much. Certainly don’t have to starve yourself just to gain it all back and more!!!

    ld

    I agree that it is a great way to loose weight fast and get it back even faster. Yes I lost my 45 lb, and yes I got them back and plus and yes I lost them again. It was a day when I was asked to sign a form as well (based on the fact that I gain in between the last two times I went back to the program)and more than that I was asked to sign the form AFTER I lost steady 6-7 lb per week when I returned to the program. And when I questioned it, they asked me to pick up my refund and get lost!!!@@ O I forgot , this happend after my blood work returned all over the place (I ment the results of the blood work), with values that I did not get any explanation too.
    Good / healty diet? NO All doctors agree to that. Minimum care minimum respect? Yes. Still a great fix when you have a weeding to go too and you do not fit in your dress. That’s all that it is!!

    Diya

    I started on the Dr. B diet end of Sept. 2010 losing about 32lbs in almost 2mths. (I never once cheated cause I just thought that such a waste of money) Now being overweight most my life seeing all that weight come off was a Godsend.But about a month ago I developed excruciating pain in my abdominal, when I asked the nurse what could it possibly be her first answer was “it’s probably gallstones”(which by the way had me a little suspicions on why she was so quick to give me that particular answer). When I went to my family doctor and he sent me to get an ultrasound where they found that I had developed multiple gallstones in my gallbladder. Although I’ve almost always been overweight I have never had any serious medical concerns, no high cholesterol or sugar almost perfect health.So finding out I had gallstones just as I was finally losing some serious weight was such a let down. Now I have an appointment with a surgeon very soon, and I’m assuming he’s going to want to remove it since I’m “symptomatic”, and I have to say I’m not looking forward to it. Now I’m not blaming this diet or what not cause being overweight might have still caused stones in the future.However I would still advice that no matter what diet you decide upon that you do some serious research before taking it on, especially if your trying to lose large amounts of weight such as I was.

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    carol

    Actually – it is related. I lost 120lbs on WW .. then had gallblader prob’s then had it removed. Now.. like most, I regained more than the 120 I lost and was doing on research for my next step.

    chris

    if you loose weight fast you do develope gallstones,the nurse was quick to say it bcuz it happens all the time with there clients…i am not but i lost weight very rappidly,,with in months i too was in pain when i went to the emerg bcuz of it…the doc asked me if i had lost a lot of weight lately my answer was yes her answer was that is your prize for loosing wieght quickly…

    Beware!

    Completely true. I had my gallbladder removed this past February, as a result of this diet & the quick weight loss associated with it. No laughing matter indeed. Excruiating pain for several months prior to surgery & then recovery from surgery was another challenge. Just NOT WORTH this stress on your health. Do the weight loss plan slower and NOT with THIS DIET, speaking from experience. Be strong & healthy!

    Zonya

    That’s not true Frankiew, I was on Dr. B. and in ketosis (which means I was NOT cheating), but I was only losing 5 pounds every 2 weeks instead of the 7 that they wanted, so they wanted me to sign a contract and pre-determine everything I was GOING to put in my mouth for 1 week in advance. I couldn’t do that!!! I could pretty much determine my breakfast and lunches, but I had NO idea if I would have chicken or fish or whatever for dinner EVERY night for 1 week in advance. Because I didn’t want to do that….. they kicked me off the program and Dr. B refuses to let me go back. I repeat… I WAS NOT CHEATING…. my metabolism went into Starvation Mode and slowed down. The program was working, just not as fast as they wanted! I don’t know what the big deal was…. it was my money I was giving them. Dr. B works, but He SUCKS.

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    Formarfatty

    I started with dr B in January 2010 and in 9 weeks I am now down 35 pounds not the 4-5 pound per week I was hoping for, but still I am happy. I agree with the others if you start on this diet you have to start it with the conviction to change your life style I think (I hope) that does not mean I will neverhave a cookie again but all has to be with modesty. I have about 20 pounds to go, and must admid that I do have my days that I would like a bad snack, but I refrain! I actually overheard the other day people complaining about constantly feeling hungry, I do not have that problem, the nurses tell me it is because if you do not stick to the diet you will be hungry due to sugar spikes. Loosing weight will only work if you want to change your attitude against food. DrB. helps me to keep on track and focussed. I know many people who have done it and kept it off and they are normal people, are back at drinking wine etc. I guess it is true what they say: You are what you eat, so if you do not want to be fat you should not eat fat.
    I am now from a size 18 to a size 14 and those are already getting too big. I am realistic I will never expect to be an 8 but a size 10/12 is where I want to be and not the 18. In fact I have given all my fat clothes away, I do not want to spend money on fat clothes I’d rather spend them on a visit at Dr.B clinic. It is expensive and I guess you could do it through weightwatchers or other programs, I just like the thought of regular check-ins and docter visits.

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    vivi

    bonjour moi j` ai fait ideal proteine pour beaucoup moin cher que cela et sa ma pris 1 ans pour perdre 120 lb sa fait maintenant 2 ans et je n`est rien repris depiut la semaine je fait toujours attention et du vendredi au dimanche je triche et ensuite je reprend mais bonne habitute

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    Farah

    @ formarfatty: i totally agree with you, i am also Dr.B’s diet and i love it, i know its expensive but come on y not feel good abt ur self and safe money from eating out and rather spend on ur self and use ur money for Dr.B diet, i heard their maintaince plan is really kool :)

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    bubulina

    hi, i started the b diet 5 months ago and lost 73 pounds, now i am in the maintenance program and i love it. IF you eat exactly like they tell you to eat then you won’t feel dizy and your health won’t be affected, if you cheat and the try not eating at all for 2 days until your next injection then of course u get sick and blame the diet. in my oppinion this is the best diet for people who commit to it.i don’t see the point in paying all that money and going home and cheating.for those of you who can’t stop complaining about this diet I have one advice: don’t do it!!!! stay fat if that is better than controling your food intake. It’s a lifestile and u have to chose what u want to be: FAT or SLIM! I chose slim and so far at 130 pounds I am the happiest I’ve ever been.Only people who can’t control themselves have something bad to say about this diet.and for the record, the nurses are great,don’t belive all those horror stories that people tell you,if u eat only what u r supposed to then there is no need for them to kick u off the program, but if u stuff your face like a pig and have the nerve to show up the next day for a urine check…then common…it’s comon sense!
    good luck and enjoy your skinny selves!

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    Steve

    Please Bub.. the diet will last as long as you keep paying it. You should be able to do it all on your own. It is the weak and uneducated that go into this program, you’re basically spending all this money to learn how to eat healthy, just use common sense and do it on your own. Learn and live better; that is common sense.

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    Bella

    I don’t usually reply to these things but you’re comment pissed me off. Just because people need help to go on a diet and lose weight does not mean they are weak and un-educated. You obviously have never been overweight or you wouldn’t be saying that, and if you have been you are very insensitive. It is very hard to lose weight, especially for women. Why bother sharing your opinion if you are just being negative and insulting people you don’t know?

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    man

    Bella, you are just as ignorant as Steve. I’m assuming your a woman….right? Soooo have your tried to lose weight as a man? How is it fair for you to say it is especially hard for women to lose weight. Ignorant people like you and Steve should keep your thoughts to yourself.

    KELLY

    Steve saying people who should be able to do it on their own is like telling a junkie they don’t need rehab. Let’s face it most overweight food issues come from addiction, I know mine sure did. As for you MAN what Bella stated about Steve’s ignorance may not have addressed the female weight loss issue clearly. It is a well documented and known fact that men TEND to loose weight faster than their female counterparts. Don’t join a conversation just to be rude.
    As for Bernstein I have been on it for 3 weeks , have lost 14 lbs. and have never felt better. I lived off fast food and processed foods. So to go low calorie but healthy calories is probaly way healthier that the 2000 bad calories I was taking in a day. If I am faithful to drink the water I don’t feel hungry.I had been 140lbs. 5’7″ all my adult life. I was lucky in the metabolism game until i hit 40 for 3 years now I have been 200 lbs. I need the support, i beleive in investing the money into myself and my families quality of life with me. I saved up since before Nov.to do this and I am convinced this program works.I am healthier than i was at 140 lbs eating McDonals twice a day.

    Regult

    Unfortunately, common sense isn’t common. Since eating is such a normal and necessary function, no-one thinks they have to learn to do it right. Many pathological motives can get entrained into eating habits, and the forced learning of new habits may be required. It may be the motivation of “not wasting my money” helps keep people from slipping back into poor food choices. I have been overweight for 30 years, I’m not uneducated, especially concerning diet and weight loss, so by your reasoning I must be weak. But the program is working, I have lost weight successfully for the first time, if I can maintain a healthy weight that will be the real test of whether the dietary changes I made have had a lasting effect on my eating habits.

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    Bratt

    I dont normally reply either, but I had so many comments I had to pipe up!
    1st off, you can do it yourself! I am .. I follow the diet, and do the injections myself. I have lost 16 pounds in 7 weeks. I feel fantastic!
    Regult and Bella are right. It IS common sense! Eat healthy and you will be healthy! But now adays its hard to that .. every package you pick up says ” Healthy ” or “No Fat” or ‘Lite!’ unless you actually LEARN what your body needs … and by REAL food, you have no idea that you arent eating properly!

    Driven

    I totally agree with Bratt. I am a woman who has lost over 100 pounds and kept it off for 10 years and counting. I did it without overdoses of vitamins or anything else. A change in lifestyle habits and a great deal of education about food and how our body uses it.
    So much so, that I took a two year program in Natural Nutrition… Folks… all you need is to educate yourself about what your body really needs, where your food is coming from and what is in it, portion control, food preparation methods and learning to incorporate activity into your days. Instead of being on a low calorie diet that makes you dizzy and nauseous, you can eat a normal amount of food… even go out with friends occasionally and STILL lose that weight.
    My advice, seek out a certified nutritionist in your area and get some sound advice and guidance. He or she will cost you a fraction of the B diet, or any other so called “diet plan”.

    Maya

    The msg is for Bratt. Where can you do the injections yourself? Where can you get them???
    Thanks

    Kim

    I too am very educated and have been trying to loose weight for 10 years. Many of us were never overweight until something happens. I developed a disease that is killing my thyroid, a personal trainer for 2 years, a doctors care for ten ahs resulted in maintaining 80 lbs over weight. This program is helping and it is guaranteed that I loose 10 a month…no-one else can say that. In 2.5 months I’ve lost 25 lbs. The monitoring helps to control my disease and prevent future illness that my doctors and physical trainer could nto respond fast enough to.

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    Stella1964

    Right On Kim! I have the bum thyroid as well and my doc won’t increase my meds, even though I’m in the low range of normal now and I maintain my 235lb frame instead of gaining, but I certainly can’t lose any weight no matter what. I tried JC last year for 7 months. I couldn’t lose weight at 1500 cals per week, in fact I gained. So I’m going to try Dr. B. Wish me luck!

    Bratt

    Maya, go to the drugstore and purcahse B6 and B12 injectables. Get 1cc suringes and 5/8 needles. Thats what you need. Load 1/2 CC of each the b6 and b12. It is 8 monhts later and I am still at my goal weight!

    working mom

    As a busy working mother I am neither weak or uneducated. As a business owner, college EA and mother of two, my difficulty loosing weight has little to do with weakness. I have found it easier in the past to loose weight with the support of others. Trying to fit nutritious meals and exercise at regular intervals is a challenge, often my first and only meal is at 10:00 at night when I get home from work.

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    M.

    jack@ss

    again…some of us need help because we have 6+ kids to look out for, work full time and still manage to go the gym 3x per week but are 45 pounds over weight….explain that! And if you cannot obviously you don’t know anymore than the rest of us who have opted to seek help… you’re probably skinny….

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    rachel

    what is the amount (cc) for the b12 inj? How often. and what do I take in for calories? If I do this at home will I still get the benefits?
    Thank you

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    Becca

    Oh my god, I know you people are not planning on giving yourself injections. You need to be VERY careful with that process and receive proper training by a doctor, even with something as seemingly harmless as vitamins. You can overdose on them if you don’t know what you’re doing, any air bubbles you inject could be enough to stop your heart. If you are considering self-injection PLEASE speak to your doctor first!

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    D.

    Not healthy! Why do you think he’s giving out Vitamin C injections?

    Vitamin C helps your body absorb the nutrients from the food you’re eating. He’s just cheating his way out and you still starve yourself in the end.

    Pure waste of money.

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    trudy

    uh,…it’s Vit. B injections silly!

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    fatguyonaboat

    i agree with D this is bad

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    kimdou

    This diet is not healthy.if it works/ed for you then consider urself a lucky survivor.Why would anyone want to try and live their lives like that?The expense is incredible.Quite honestly,I did try this diet and lost weight.C’mon who wouldn’t?I also payed too much to do it.Guess wat happened? I couldn’t afford this stupid diet anymore and had to quit.My weight came back..unfortunately my money didn’t.This diet is for the incredibly rich.Period.Weight watchers is better for the normal income ppl.Nutritionist and walking work well for those of us that have NO money.Don’t get sucked into this Dr B crap.You will not be able to afford to stay skinny!

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    h heyman

    sucks to be you! I am doing it, and I KNOW the only way the weight will come back on is if I choose to not eat properly after the dieting stops.

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    takeela_rose

    i really find it immature that you would respond to the posting like that..it does not suck to be that person..i too did dr b diet 3 years ago and got don to a weight i was happy to be, NOT what they said i should be…i fell back into my old eating habits, loving the junk food and have put 50 lbs back on..yes it is totally my fault and know that, so i decided to go back..i did 2 weeks and had amazing results again, but then came my dr visit at the clinic..the dr said his usual spiel..asked me why i had stopped coming last time..had i ran out of money?? what kind of question is that for a dr to ask..none of his business if that was the reason..and then when i asked one question about the potassium , i was tolds i would have to ask my questions at my next visit as my 5 minutes was up and other patients were waiting to come in?? i sat there stunned..i am in front of the dr where i am suppose to be able to ask questions and i am told i am not able to due to my 5 minutes being up..i said to him are you kidding me?? i asked you a question and espect an answer, and he just got up and headed out the door to call the next patient in..i said quite loudly that i could not believe that i asked one simple question and was told i had to wait for my next visit in 2 weeks to ask my question..and i guess because i was being quite loud he asked very quickly what my question was again and tried to answer while he was walking back into his office with the next patient..can you believe that?? then i called their 1-888 number asking for customer service to make a complaint..was told the women who answered the phone was the customer service representative..i told her what happened and that as far as i was concerned we were not patients, but cash cows good enough to fork out ridiculous amounts of money, but not good enough to have medical questions answered..she said she would have someone call me..that was a month or so ago..did anyone call me..NOOO..i am extremely upset and because of this would warn people to be wary before forking out all that money..YES the diet works so long as you follow it, but i felt very violated by the way that dr made me feel

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    dr_b_patient_at_present

    You know, i read your comment very carefully and i can tell you that i feel very much the same way you do.

    Ok granted, i have lost about 24-25lbs in about 6 – 7 weeks however; (and excuse my language) some of them in there are real bitches.

    There is no bedside manner, no compassion and really no caring at all.

    I did not find the 2 doctors that i visited with helpful either. It’s all routine.

    So, I’ve got about 2 weeks to go. I REFUSE to tell them anymore of my PRIVATE MEDICAL INFORMATION (which they haven’t respected). My family doctor is aware of the injections i am receiving and the potassium supplements i am also taking and that is good enough for me.

    I intended to buy another month after the initial 2 months plus 1 week are over. But after the way i was treated in there today; I am going to go to FINLANDIA and speak with the pharmacist there and see what i can do to continue.

    Their loss as far as I’m concerned and after reading your post, I see no reason why i should bother calling their head office. They just put you off.

    Oh well… I guess this is a Buyer Beware Situation. What I should have done is do this research before. :D DDDD

    Thanks for your post and good luck.

    Hmmm

    That’s where you’re wrong Heyman! Even if you eat a carrot the weight will come back on because your body will store it to survive and also because you’re not getting your B injections to help metabolize that carrot. In other words, just plain healthy eating you’ll pack on the pounds UNTIL your body comes out of starvation mode and you eat moderately and excercise. Could have saved some money and done that from the start! The jokes on you Heyman so it sucks to be you!

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    KELLY

    seriously, you feel the need to do this to somone elses positive outlook? you are rude HMMM and Heyman that’s what the manintenance is for.. to refamiliarize your body with foods in a controlled process to avoid that starvation mode panick your body would go into if you simply went back to all healthy foods in general. Duh.. there is a reason people are keeping it off for years after wards because of that help.

    Leni

    Yeh Heyman, you’re pretty cocky, must be in the middle of the diet and losing fast…who wouldn’t on 800-950 cals per day! Well enjoy it while you can, b/c believe me you WILL regain. But sounds like you can benefit from the lessons in humility!

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    Rawr.

    Your just mad that the diet did work for you. It didn’t work for you because after u lost the weight, u gained it all back because you went back to your same eating habits. Obviously your weighs gunn a corm back,

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    ali

    Hi Kimdou

    I lost quick 50lbs and have never put the weight back on after 2.5 years. DR. B teaches us how to keep weight off and manipulate our bodies. We simply eat too much!! 800 cals is all a mid age woman needs. I will tell you what is unhealthy, being obese!!! Very dangerous! I know how you feel though…and I empathize with you…gaining it back sucks!! Do you have food addictions or were you just back to old habits that got us chubby to begin with?

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    Anonymous

    you won’t afford to stay skinny because you came OFF the proper food. How delicious has your CHOCOLATE covered peanuts been? come on a rich and expensive diet YES it is. But it is YOU who put the weight back on. Sorry.

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    Heidi Bryden

    I started this diet last July 09 at the weight of 176. I am 5’8″ and have been overweight most of my life. It has always been a #1 struggle of my life. I decided since I had turned 50 that year I would change my life.
    Dr. Bernstein’s changed my life! I was down to 138 lb by mid Sept (2 1/2 months). I went from size 12/14 to size 5/6. I have been on the maintenance program for 4 months and still weigh the same.
    It is not a hoax and the medical attention one receives from the doctors and nurses makes this diet the best in my opinion.

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    M.

    Like Heidi, I am 5′-7″ and was 178 when I started. It took me 2 1/2 months to get to my goal of 135 lbs. I didn’t find it diffucult at all, except when I was socializing. There were a few days in the beginning when I felt a bit dizzy and nauseous but after that I felt great. I also ran almost daily, and was allowed an extra protein serving for that. That was over 2 years ago. Since then, I am holding steady, without feeling like I am dieting at all, at 145. The Dr. B diet helped me to completely rethink how I was eating, how much I was eating and what I was eating. I simply do not want to eat as much as I used to, which is what makes it so easy now.

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    Shar

    People sure do have strong opinions about the Bernstein program. I am one of the successes. I lost 120 lbs (280 to 160) and hit my goal just after Christmas 2009. I gained about 10 lbs immediately after going off (I was bad and didn’t do the maintenance). However since that 10lb gain I have kept the rest off for the 8 months. Is it easy – No. I have to continuously be on guard. There is a reason I gained so much weight. It won’t work for everyone but for me it worked because, one, I had to go in 3 times a week so cheating was out of the question. Two, if you cheated you went out of ketosis and stopped loosing and for me it took a week to get back into ketosis so cheating just wasnt worth it. The third reason it worked for me was the one on one support from the nurses and doctors. I have no idea if the vitamin shots helped but they definitely didn’t hurt. I went off program three times in the 10 months I was on it for trips I had planned earlier. The nurses and staff I had were amazing and very supportive (Blair Ottawa). I learnt a lot about the foods that I am sensitive to(carbs & sugar even fake sugar) and for me the whole ketosis thing worked w/o any side affects. At 52 my skin was not baggy, I didn’t loose my hair and I didn’t start excercising ’til after I lost the weight. Was it expensive – yes. My husband and I went in to the clinic to discuss it three times before we decided to spend family money on my problem. This continues to be a good incentive to keep the weight off. Weight Watchers is a great program and I have friends who have lost weight and gained it back and some who have kept it off. For me weight watchers did not work at all. For those who say that Bernstein is not healthy and wonder who could live like that – well I ate chicken and fresh vegetables, fish, whole wheat pita, fruit and took my vitamins everyday plus 8 glasses of water. What’s not healthy? It is low cal (very) and fairly low carb (very low carb for me as I did not loose if I ate more than one piece of fruit a day) but it is a diet to loose weight. I still have to be careful about how much fruit I eat and I still stay away from artificial sweetners cause my body things its all sugar. That is my vent and for anyone struggling with weight I hope you find your path because life for me is much better minus the 100+ pounds and my life was pretty good before. Good luck and keep on trying especially after you’ve lost the pounds.

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    Maria

    Hello Shar,
    First of all congratulations on your weight loss & good health. Could you tell how much did cost you in the end?
    Did you feel hungry at anytime while you where on the diet? I have thought about going but I think I will sabotage it because I start well but give up in a short time…my weakness is looking something… so eat especially around 3-4 pm and just after I supper around 7-8pm….I hate it.
    I have to lose about the same as you did how long did it take you to lose it byside the 10lbs?
    Thanks, Maria

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    Lisa

    My question is this: dieters spend a lot of money per month to lose weight.
    What have you learned about nutrition?

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    Sha

    I have learnt a lot about nutrition over the years – because of my weight, health concerns but mostly as a mom. I know a lot about healthy eating and excercising. Knowing and doing are not all inclusive. I tried many other diets (good and bad). I had major problems sticking to anything because I did not loose weight in the first 2 to 3 weeks so found it impossible to be consistent. For me, Dr.B worked and worked fast. The diet I followed there was very restrictive (partly my choice as I limited my selection to even less than what was on their food lists). I ate egg whites, chicken, an apple a day, high protien pita bread, asparagus, zuchini and salad. They have meal substitutes but they suggest you only use them when you are really rushed or running late. They told me to stick to natural homemade as much as possible (e.g. no processed meat). One thing I learnt about myself thru Dr. B was that my body is sensitive to sugar even in fruit and even artifical sweetners – my body reacts to sugarfree products which have asparatame, etc as if they actually contained sugar. Again, this diet worked for me and my husband and family supported me especially financially to stick with it. I lost over 100 lbs and have kept it off now for about 9-10 months. It isn’t easy, every day I have to consider what I eat but I prefer this than to weighing 300lbs. I know some people have had bad experience with Dr. B – my experience was a good one and I am so glad I did it. Hope this answers your question.

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    katherine

    i know everyone has their opinons on dr bernstein but im on it right now for almost3 months taken off 42 pounds so far have learned alot about nutriton and what slows down my metabolism im also starting to gain confidence and feel better about myself im only 5’4 and when u hit 232 pounds and have a 3 year old how can u keep up? im very grateful to dr bernstein yes its alot of work but it works

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    john

    yes i did Dr. Burnstein diet to and in 2 months i lost 40lb i went from 210lb down to 170 from waist36 down to 32, but i was running 10k a day i kept the weight off for 3 years. then i stopped running and i gain the weight back.when i went back with a 20% off cupon to start the diet again they just banned me from the diet!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and i am not the only one, i had friends who had problems and complained and they got their outstanding money back and they were banned too.
    in my opinion with all the respect Dr Burnstein is not a doctor he is a DICTATOR if it doesnt go in his way he kicks you out!!!!!!!!!!!!! and he is lucky he gets some more suckers like myself to pay for him , i would recommend him to watch the movie Peach Adams!!!!!!! to learn a little humanity he should be ashemed of himself!!!!!!!!!!

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    s

    The movies is actually called Patch Adams……….

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    JOSIE

    I understand I was kicked out before too. 2 years ago I paid for a 610.00 for 1 month. But I was sick and had to have surgery. After 6 months I contacted his clinic because I wanted to go back and also use my credits but I was told that I had lost my credit because I had purchased the 1 month $610.00 in November 2011 and I wanted to restart in February of 2011. I also still had to pay for it on my visa. I was so upset.

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    JOSIE

    sorry I would like to correct the above I purchased the 1 month in November 2010 and I wanted t restart my diet in February 2011. OMG I was still paying for it on my visa.

    Leni

    OK, this is 12-18 months after your posts and I’d be willing to bet money that you’ve all regained at least half if not all of the weight you lost on Bernsteins. It works for the short term, but is way too rapid and low calorie to be a permanent solution. Believe me, I don’t take any pleasure in posting this, but I want potential Bernstein clients to get an accurate picture of how successful they’ll be. Yes, they will have short term, rapid success, but it won’t last. I personally know 4 people (me included), who lost significant amounts on weight on Bernsteins, and all regained the weight plus more with 2 years.

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    Zanna

    What you say is undoubtedly true, however, I have regained all my lost weight after *every* diet I’ve ever been on and with those other diets it took me 8 months to lose 30 pounds and I never got to my goal weight. Not having done the Dr Bernstein diet, I wonder if this one will at least get me to goal in just 4 months. As you point out, keeping it off would be the challenge.

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    TERRI

    WHY SO NEGATIVE…..U HAVE NO FAITH??????????

    IT WORKS IF U WORK IT……ONLY U HAVE CONTROL OF WHAT U CONSUME

    DO NOT HATE THE GAME…HATE THE PLAYERS

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    Cheryl

    How would I get a copy of the Maitainance Program booklet? I am not at my goal weigth, but at a weight that they consider within reason, but I am tapped and cannot affored the Maintainance Program. I know that this is risky, but I have to try to do it on my own.
    Thanks.

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    Athena

    Response to Cheryl
    It is more of the same. You still lose weight. You increase your veggie portions per day to another 8 oz. At some point you are allowed another serving of protein ,and some point you are allowed one whole egg and another bread serving. You can add low fat yoghurt. You will eventually add more disallowed proteins and veggies. Start more sensible program or calorie count. You need to get your metabolism back to normal. You are and I was eating so much less than is healthy. For me I should be eating 1200 to 1400 calories per day. Jillian M. is $4.00 per week. Just go to her web site. You can get a wealth of health diet and exercise information and programs. Dr B. would not let me start maintenance because I was 2 lbs away from my goal. Check the your calories. It is insane what little we have been consuming and the danger we may have done to our health. I am extremely worried about my new back pain and potential gall bladder problems. I hope wearing and looking good in my tight white jeans didn’t come at a high cost.
    3rd time with Dr B. and after today won’t be back! Also check out W.W. my father in law has lost equal weight as me and more livable less costly program. Jennifer Hudson has appeared to keep her weight off. I cannot say the same for Dr.B. program. Check out your BMR. (BASIL MEABOLIC RATE). Good luck and good health!!

    DAVE TYPE ONE

    I have been diabetic type one for 36 years and do not need to lose weight. I am 5’11 and wheigh 158 lbs. What impressed me about dr Berstein’s pitch was that he claims that the diet and rigid carb restrictions will reduce or even assist in making the complications in other Type Ones will be reduced or eliminated. This would truly be an event of tremendous significance to all diabetics. Imagine no more carbcounting, no more insulin no doctors visits… But having tried this diet I have little faith many people could exist on the restricted carbs allowed. If there is documentary proof of such reversals of complications they should be published and circulated to the press. I wish them well but we need to see the proof that the carb starve rations have actually helped with weight lost or any impact on complications. Too many people are investing too much money based upon too little information.

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