What You Should Know
Created by Irwin Maxwell Stillman in the 1960s, the Stillman Diet was one of the first modern low-carbohydrate, high protein diets. Also known as the Doctor’s Quick Weight Loss Diet, the Stillman Diet keeps both fat and carbohydrates low and spreads food out over six meals per day. Dieters are expected to eat large quantities of meat, fish, eggs, and certain cheeses. However, butter, oils, and fatty condiments are prohibited. Also, not only are the common carbohydrates, breads, pastas, etc, prohibited, dieters may not consume vegetables and fruits as well.
According to Dr. Stillman, users of his diet can expect to lose as much as 15 lb. within a week on the plan. Subsequent weeks, they can lose around 5 lb. Once dieters are 3 lb. away from their goal, Stillman recommends they switch plans.
List of Ingredients
The Stillman Diet is a diet plan and not a nutritional supplement. Therefore, no list of ingredients is available. Those on the diet, however, will consume meat, fish, eggs, cheeses, and spices. They may not eat fats and carbohydrates, including vegetables and fruits.
The Stillman Diet book, The Doctor’s Quick Weight Loss Diet, is out of print. However, those interested can find the book online at sites such as Amazon. On Amazon, the paperback version retails for as low as 31 cents and as high as $8. The hardback sells for around $17. Also available by Stillman is the Doctor’s Quick Inches Off Diet.
Dr Stillman basis his diet on research similar to current diets. Because of this fact, many people today are becoming interested in his theories and reading his books. While his diet does have its positives and does seem to cause drastic weight loss, the plan is not suitable for long term use.
Even if dieters don’t stay on the Stillman Diet for a long period of time, it may actually harm rather than help them. The program lacks certain important nutrients. Users cannot eat even healthful foods such as fruits, vegetables, and beneficial fats. Dieters may experience low energy, constipation, and poor health.
Although the Dr. Stillman built his diet on theories currently in use today, dieters would probably do well to look into a more sensible low-carbohydrate plan. At the very least, they should consider adding produce to his plan or staying on it only for a short period of time. Due to the possibility of negative health effects, those individuals considering using the Stillman Diet should contact a doctor beforehand.