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Dr. Bernstein Diet Review | Not Bad 3.5/5 | MyFit

Rod Ferris December 24, 2011 30
  • Cost
  • Maintenance
  • Effectiveness
  • Safety

What is it?

Dr. Bernstein is a medical doctor who has created a new diet which claims to revolutionize dieting. The premise of the diet is that you will lose 16 to 20 pounds per month following the program correctly. Everyone that signs up for the program will be placed an a calorie reduced diet and be supplemented with injected and oral vitamins and minerals (B6 and B12 Shots). Your progress will be monitored by registered nurses and see a doctor frequently who will monitor your progress. If the participant has any other medical conditions they will be discussed beforehand and monitored throughout the diet.

Initial Consultation

To begin the Dr. Bernstein diet you need to complete an initial consultation which will take 1-2 hours to review medical history and complete a health assessment. Then you will complete a program orientation, medical assessment and discuss the diet manual and recipe book. Note: The initial consultation fee is non-refundable.

Maintenance Program of the Dr. Bernstein Diet

After the weight loss goal has been reached you will reach a maintenance program which will slowly re-introduce most foods back into the diet.

Fees of the Dr. Bernstein Diet

This is one area of the diet that should be seriously considered. This diet is not for the cheap as the fees are as follows:

Initial Consultation: $315.65

8 weeks of of the diet: $1123.50

4 weeks of of the diet: $599.20

2 weeks of of the diet: $310.30

1 weeks of of the diet: $160.50

Maintenance Fees

One year service: $749 Three months service: $246 Two months service: $171

Concerns of the Diet

Myfit promotes exercise AND DIET while many diets focus on eating certain types of food to promote weight loss. The Dr. Bernstein diet secret is the B6 and B12 shots. These shots help your body go into a state where you burn fat as fuel. This is great but the concerns lie in two things. There is a problem with a long duration ketone state which can actually start other problems. The Dr. Bernstein doctors will monitor your ketone levels for this but we don’t know the long-term problems with being in this state for long periods of time. The other concern we have is your metabolism levels. Metabolism is the body’s caloric expenditure rate which is effected by a lack of nutrition, exercise level, genetics and many other factors. The diet doesn’t focus on exercise which is a huge mistake to keep the weight off. Muscle mass is extremely important for the maintenance phase and afterwards. If you are considering this diet please bring up the exercise point and ask if there is a personal trainer to see that they recommended.

MyFit Conclusion

The Dr. Bernstein diet no doubt works to lose the weight they say. I’ve met lots of people who have lost the weight on that program but I was concerned with their metabolism and activity level after the program ended. If you have the finances to pay for this diet it may be an effective way to lose weight. If you have tried this diet in the past write us with your story, we will post it here. Please tell us your concerns, weight loss details and overall costs.

Dr B. in the Forums

I have successfully used Dr. B’s diet and clinic over the past several years. I lost a total of 88 lbs.; but of course keep gaining some of it back and keep going back on Dr. B. I have been ill for the last year – terrible pain and vomiting once every one to three weeks – it has now been diagnosed and I am scheduled for surgery to have my gall bladder removed. All my liver function blood tests were extremely elevated. I feared the worst and thought I had liver cancer, but the news is good… Read more


  1. Sputter January 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm -

    It is a very low calorie (800/day) diet, relatively low in both carbs and fat, with an emphasis on vegetables and fresh fruit.  It is not “healthy” to eat so few calories, but if you are going to, this is not a bad plan nutritionally.  As such, it does work (if you can stick to it).  I successfully lost about 10 lb in a month on it, 2 years ago.  However, it is very expensive (about $1000 for consult plus 1 month), so I couldn’t afford to continue paying for “maintenance”.  Of course I regained the weight slowly over the past 2 years.  This time, I plan to follow the diet plan on my own without the injections and visits.  This is a reasonably balanced diet and no more or less safe than other very low calorie options, but some of the principles they emphasize don’t have medical evidence (eg. the need for injections; the rules about limiting skin creams/cosmetics; strict rules about avoiding certain brands of food; the exact same diet and calories for a 110 lb woman or a 400 lb man).  The biggest problem with any very low calorie diet that promises rapid weight loss is that it is not sustainable, and most people will eventually “cheat”.  It doesn’t build new healthy habits of living in the same way more moderate diets with exercise plans can do (slow weight loss can be more sustainable as you re-learn your habits as you go).  For those who are dangerously obese who can afford (or get insurance coverage) to do the full programme, including maintenance, I think this is a good programme.  However, the vast majority of the clients are folks like me who just want to lose a few pounds – and there are certainly less expensive and probably better ways to achieve that goal.

    • Rod Ferris January 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm -

      Thanks for your first hand experience.  That’s the exact response I have heard from most people as well.  Why they don’t focus on trying to create a successful lifestyle I’m not sure.  They need to focus on building more muscle mass to increase your BMR.  Also, that must have been really hard to stick to that 800 cal/day diet!?

      • guest February 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm -

        I am currently on  the Dr. B Diet. I did the program ten years ago and loss the weight and maintained it for four years, until a personal issue and old habits crept in and I emotionally ate my way to 236 pounds-my heaviest ever. I lost that weight gradually through eating a mostly clean diet and limiting bread and sugar intake–I don’t crave this naturally, which works in my favour as a dieter.  I fluctuated around the 195 mark and have been stuck here for the last few years. My healthy weight is 145 lbs, so I am nowhere near close to that.

        I joined Dr. B again in the summer of 2011. I had gained weight and lost 30 pounds in two months and got to 190 lbs. I then started experiencing lots of immune issues and picked up every illness under the sun, including having a painful cyst develop in my armpit (which I have never experienced in my life?!)
        I didn’t go way off diet, but still, if you do go off, your body doesn’t know how to metabolize properly any food, it seems. That is why they stress maintenance so much. I re-entered the program one month ago and lost 16.5 pounds as of today, in 27 days. I started searching the internet for reviews as honestly,  I am well-disciplined usually, however, there can be absolutely no cheating on this diet as you need to be in a state of ketosis. My experience is that if you do cheat, you stay the same weight for at least a week…and when  I say cheat, I mean throwing yourself out of ketosis by eating a banana to eating a piece of cake–it doesn’t matter. It is quite costly, and I am currently sitting at 195 lbs, wondering if I will budge.

        The weight loss for me is roughly 2-3 lbs a week. For the price and also the social inconvenience, it is almost impossible to succeed, it seems. I now can only dine out at specific restaurants, and ordering is very painful.

        The diet itself comes nowhere near to 900 calories a day–especially if you walk in there and you are not in ketosis, as they take away your fruit allowance, thus further limiting your calories.

        My daily diet consists of 2 proteins, 2 “breads”, 2 fruit servings (limited to low-carb) and 2 veg servings, no more than 8 oz each serving. Protein is 3.5 oz each serving and has to be fish, chicken, etc with one serving of beef or salmon a week. The bread…well you have 1 slice of WW bread, that is your 2 servings.

        I have been eating a diet for the last month that is roughly  as follows:

        6 egg whites-about 85 calories
        1 slice WW bread- 69 calories
        1 C strawberries- 46 calories
        3.5 oz chicken breast, boiled-78 calories
        6 oz spinach-41 calories
        8 oz chopped green pepper-30 calories
        1 C raspberries-20 calories.

        There you have it, your daily allowance.
        no fat, little milk, and when I add that up,

        Based on my weight, to maintain it I should eat almost 2000 calories a day, with no exercise calculated.There you have it, 379 or so calories a day I eat. And they happily mark my diet sheet that I am doing great.

        So, yes, I am losing 3-4 lbs a week, and this is why. I am seriously wondering why I am even on this diet to begin with.

        I know better.

  2. Jilllynn5555 February 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm -

    I finished the Dr B diet about 18 months ago. I always struggled with my wieght, I was never severely obese and always very active. I was about 5 7′ and 170. I got down to 135 in 2 months on Dr Bertsteins and was the skinniest I had ever been in my life, but I was always cold and no energy. I kept working out (just more moderately) while on the diet thinking it would help my metabolism afterwards……boy was I wrong. It took me around 6-8 months to gain all the weight back plus an exta 5 lbs. I even did the maintenance program for 2 months but it didn’t matter, the moment you start consuming anthing over 1,000 calories a day (even while working out) you’ll slowly gain it all back, no matter how active you are before/after. While on the diet my body was constantly in a state of starvation…they call it ketotis which is basically starvation.

    So save your money, I spend well voer $3,000 only to regain al lthe weight, yeah I tried going bac kto Dr B once i had 5-10 even 15 lbs bakc on, but I just couldn’t do it again, its REALLY tough on you and impossible to follow long term.

    I recently joing U Weight Loss which is a moer sensible diet program (more of a lifestyle change). They combine a detox then vitamins and 300-400 calories meals based on 30% carbs, 30% fat and 40% protien. The yalso guarantee 2 lbs per week. Its slower than Dr B, but I’m not starving and I’m encouraged to work out daily!

    Save you money and stay away from Dr B….I would only reccomend it if you have 10-15 lbs to loss before your wedding or a trip somewhere, that’s it and only do it 1 month before the BIG EVENT and be fulyl prepared to gain it all bakc by the time you return from your trip!

    • Lasimo April 13, 2015 at 11:49 am -

      Agreed! Indeed!
      I did Dr. B on and off and yes, you lose weight and quickly but your metabolism goes so down that after literally an extra apple will make you gain weight. I go to the gym 4/5 times a week and I try to eat organic and no fat but still, unless you maintain a diet of 800 calories, you will gain day by day, and you will be back paying, because we love to see ourselves skinny. My body never been like that before, I use to eat a piece of chocolate once in a while without issues, now if I do it….the day after I’ll be half pound more…and more and more.
      One thing is true also of the diet is how you feel during the ketosis/starvation state, I was always week, I use to walk to go to the clinic in the morning but eventually I could not do it anymore and I had to take the bus, I was going to bed at 7pm because super tired, starving and no strengths to do anything.
      It is a quick-results diet but the body goes in shock and it will take months and months to recover, I did not have my period for 4 months, now (after quit maintenance 3 months ago) my level of B in the blood is dangerously high!

  3. nnn February 9, 2012 at 1:40 am -

    I did this diet and lost 50 lbs in 4 months after being  pregnant but gained it all back in a year. I have a love/hate relationship with this diet as it does have it’s advantages but I figured out a way to do it without compromising my health. I combined the Bernstein diet with the Atkins diet as they are both ketogenic diets.  I have learned that If you starve your body for more than 3 days, your body will just store the fat and next time you get tempted to cheat, you will go ballastic and eat more than you should and gain 2 lbs at one meal. I am currently doing this atkins/bernstein diets together and I do not do Bernstein for more than 2 days. If you do high and low calorie days, it’ tricks your metabolism and shocking it in a good way. If oyu do low calorie for more than 3 days, your body will get used to it but if you trick it, it won’t know what to do so you will keep your metabolism burning. I would eat about 400-500 cals on bernstein for 2 days, buy my b12 injections at the pharmacy and the b6 at an online pharmacy in canada, bought the cal-k pills through bernstein website and went to the grocery store and stocked up on foods at the grocery store. For the atkins diet, there is always the myth of eating too much protein can damage your kidneys. On atkins you can still have carbs but only 20 grams a day. So less food on bernstein with more carbs and then atkins with less cars but more food and higher amounts of fat. I am consistenly losing 4 lbs a week and I have the energy to work out. I just don’t work out on the days I’m doing bernstein. And you do not gain weight from going from bernstein one day to atkins the next because they are both low carb. That’s hte whole beauty of it! When I go to a restaurant I can have a steak or cesar salad. I just make sure I’m doing atkins that day. By doing this, I lost 18 lbs in the first month and never suffered because I knew after 2 days I could have more food. Try this! It works!  

    • Srw January 10, 2013 at 8:38 am -

      May I ask what dose of the vitamins are you injecting? I’m thinking of doing my own injections and don’t know where to start and any suggestions for doing your own injections?

      • mmmisha January 25, 2013 at 11:40 pm -

        i give myself injections both b6 and 12. i do 1 ml of each 3 times a week. ive read that dr b uses 3.5ml but apparently its a cocktail including other b vitamins.

        • Joe Commisso April 21, 2013 at 4:31 pm -

          i was told to use .35 cc of each b6 and b12.,which is a third of your using.does your dosage work?

    • AC November 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm -

      Im doing br bernstein for about 10 days now. Its really hard, and Im not loosing a lot of weight. I usually feel hungry all the time. If I switch to atkins now or in a month instead of their maintnance program, do you think I would start gaining weight?

    • Hh August 1, 2014 at 6:25 am -

      Hi sounds great .. Can y share hw many grams of carb on breinstein

    • TN April 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm -

      I am very intereseted to know if this approach continued to work for you and if you went to the Dr B clinic at all during the time you did this or whether you did it comnpletey on your own? Sounds like you did it on your own. Do you think the B12 abd B6 injections are really necessary?

  4. Tbhajou March 9, 2012 at 1:23 am -

    I have been on dr b diet for three years. I quit finally because I gained all back and 10 pounds more. After that no other diet works for me because you cannot get the same fast result like Drb diet. I spent close to 6k.
    However I downloaded an Atkins diet on my iPhone for 2.99. It has very similar plan, no carb.
    And I am loosing weight.

    Trust me Drb is not any safer than Atkins. So try less expensive Atkins or even weight watchers.

    After Drb, I lost so much hair, aged, and has bladder problem.

    You cannot starve your body too long. And ultimately that’s what Drb is trying to make you do.

  5. Phme69 March 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm -

    I did it and lost 40 lbs pretty fast.   Like everyone else on here, I put it back on slowly over the next 2 years.  It does work though, and works fast.   The suprising thing was that I didn’t feel really hungary on the diet, but had cravings for the things I used to eat (and would be around other people eating).
    It’s much easier to follow during the week than the weekend, when your normal daily routine is disrupted.
    I was suprised to see that they don’t recommend exercising when on this diet.  They said that it wouldn’t result in any additional weightloss.  That seems to be bad advice, as exercise is for more than just weight loss.

  6. Wie Gehts March 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm -

    When I was on the Dr. Bernstein diet, I successfully lost weight and one day, suddenly, my body shut down and I was sent by ambulance to a hospital. My body recovered quickly and yet, they still ran a battery of tests on me. I mentioned that I was on the Bernstein diet and the hospital told me that there was a women that arrived with partial temporary paralysis who was also on that same diet. So don’t know if my body went into shock in order to transform further.  Now 1 year later and after losing the 30 pounds, I now have 20 pounds back even though I am a healthy small eater and exerciser. So not sure about recommending the Bernstein diet – it’s scary!

  7. Dabramscarlett June 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm -

    I am on day 8 and lost 9 lbs.  Not hungry, although miss the wine and carbs a bit…basically from habit, not from really feeling deprived due to the food I am eating.   I am 20 lbs over my ‘comfortable weight’ and am only looking to do this for 4 to 6 weeks.   I too, am a bit nervous about the regaining but, haven’t really ever had a weight issue, more than 20-30 lbs over my stated-normal weight.  I have had lots of energy and only today, have a headache.  My vice has been keeping my cup full, of lemon and Lipton tea with, tossing some water in between.  I don’t move without that cup in my hand.  Lots of trips to the ladies room but, no feeling of being hungry.  I am hoping that I can go on maintenence at 4 weeks- and looking forward to incorporating a healthly glass of red wine right at this moment. 

  8. dreamtobefaster August 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm -

    I am just coming into the maintenance phase of the diet.  I have gone from 192 to 158 lbs, I am 5’8.5 and a sturdy build.  I am very active!  I had come off my first marathon at the end of October at 185 lbs, by Dec 31st I was 190, by Jan 4th, 192 lbs, too much.  Ski season was just beginning and I ski with a women’s camp at Sunshine.  I went to put on my newly purchased $1000 ski suit (purchased September) and it barely fit, and it was an XL.  There are no fat downhill skiers out there, ever noticed that!  Well, being a chunky monkey and trying to pick yourself up off of a slope is real hard so I was desperate.  I went to the Brentwood clinic in Calgary, plunked down the cash and started.  The diet is a low carb, low insulin response so the first two weeks you lose up to 12 lbs, huge motivator.  Then you just kind of settle into the eating plan and go with it.  I coped with the diet whilst skiing all day Saturday/Sundays for 10 weeks and with exercise class 3X per week.  They just told me to eat one extra protein serving and I would usually add an extra fruit or veggie serving if I felt extra hungry.  Because of that,  I took a little longer (6 months for 35 lbs) but I have been able to cope with the marathon training thus far and I am still doing my exercise classes while on this diet.  When you wean yourself off the sugar, when you have it, your appetite definitely spikes, so I can only surmise that insulin makes you hungry.  I am looking forward to being on Phase 1 of maintenance, which gives you the same foods as the diet, just more variation in veg and fruit, but protein still the same amount.  I plan on losing the last couple of pounds on maintenance.  All in all, I am extremely happy with the results, could I have done it on my own, probably, with lots of research.  I also want to add that all my perimenopause symptons disappeared, probably from the supplemental B12 shots, and the shots gave me a huge energy burst.  I am waiting to see how I do without the shots, ti will be interesting, and at age 51, I don’t want to ahve to go through this again, so I intend to be vigilant.  I know it sucks to not eat the crap anymore, but now my goal is to live as long and healthy as I can and do the stuff I want to do, ski, bike swim, soccer, running etc.

  9. user October 12, 2012 at 1:07 am -

    I did this diet for two months. I had lost a total of 35 pounds. I went from 160-125 pounds. I maintained this weight of 125 pounds for about a year and actually went down to 120 pounds on my own. After a year however, I started getting very ill. I started feeling depressed and started bingeing. Little did I know that this bingeing was a result from doing a rapid weight loss diet program, Dr.Bernstein. Just so you know gaining weight is my biggest fear and I have maintained an active lifestyle my whole life, I was a professional dancer this whole time. As the bingeing continued I started gaining weight, losing my job as a professional dancer. In one month I put on 50 pounds!!! The pounds I put on almost doubled the pounds I lost on Dr. Bernstein. I do not recommend this diet to anyone!! It will cause you more harm and damage your wallet! I will not lie and say as I lost the weight and fit in size 2 at lululemon it felt incredible!! I felt like I was on top of the world losing the weight! Those feelings are not worth the pain, the depression, the suicidal thoughts, the drastic weight gain. I literally felt like I was in a fat suit. Luckily for me, I have always maintained a healthy lifestyle so once the bingeing stopped and I could resume physical activity and eating healthy my weight came off within a year. No one should have to experience what I experienced! There are better more natural ways to lose weight!!

  10. Marc Houde December 4, 2012 at 7:54 pm -

    Everyone is complaining that they put the weight back on and blame Bernstein. Blame yourself. His diet delivered exactly what he promissed. Rapid weight loss. If you go back to your same habits how can you not expect to put the weight back on. Lose the weight fast so that you’re motivated with how great you look and feel, then commit to yourself to change your lifestyle. Eat healthy, exercise and stick to it! Stop with the blame game and the pitty party. Nobody is jamming those cheeseburgers down your throat.

    • Anonymous Reviewer January 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm -

      Well I’ve done a lot of research on this and I came on the forum because I was curious to see what the actual amounts of B vitamins were and how they compared to the upper intake levels suggested. It doesn’t look as simple as everybody just falling off the wagon and pointing blame – what it LOOKS like is that the diet is a super-charged, borderline dangerous version of the Atkins initial 2 week diet – a program intended to induce a form of ketosis that is considered potentially unsafe to do for more than that amount of time and is also intended for diabetics. What this does is ‘reset’ the metabolism – low carb, high fat, high protein (it keeps you full and at enough calories not to go into ‘starvation mode’) You don’t actually want to go much under 1000 cals a day or your metabolism might slow down to become more efficient. B vitamins accelerate fat metabolism so if you add them to the Bernstein diet you’re basically super charging the process of ketosis – in other words, forcing the brain to function off of the ketone bodies instead of glucose. So when it comes to how you’re feeding your brain on this diet…well it’s like putting regular gasoline in a high performance car…it will still run but it’s not ideal by any standard. The first sign is the headaches people will get when they do the initial atkins program; a program that recommends not exercising during that 14 day period. If you exercise on a diet like this for even a couple of weeks, watch the protein levels skyrocket in a urine test. It’s bad for the kidneys. Basically what this diet is, is supervised starvation by forcing the body into a extreme state, one that will produce very fast visual results but not long term – ideal for a business that involves keeping clients for a few months max. Keep doing the diet as prescribed after the weight is lost will cause serious long term health side effects…stay on it long enough to really mess up your metabolism and going back to eating a normal healthy diet will pile the weight on because the body thinks it’s just been on the brink of death for the duration of the diet. I still have not found the amounts for the vitamins, I’m going to take a guess that based on the other complete disregard for the long term health of the clients that those are also far above the recommended upper intake levels. Anyways, that’s what it looks like to me.

    • Dave NL September 24, 2016 at 8:43 am -


  11. mmmm March 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm -

    I absolutley detest this diet. Yes, you lose the weight, I was losing up to 2 pounds a day. But at what cost? at the beginning you will find that you aren’t craving food at all, but after a week or so you will become VERY famished, to the point where you cannot do anything other than sleep because you have absolutley no energy whatsoever. You are basically eating nothing, there is many times where I would have a protein bar for breakfast and then around lunch I want another protein because of the fact Im so hungry, and then when it comes to dinner you’re forced to eat only vegetables, and in return end up going to bed hungry. which is not a good feeling. There was one point where after 3 days of trying to add a little bit of protein into my dinner (as suggested by ONE OF THEIR OWN NURSES) I ended up losing only .2 pounds over those 3 days, and in return was GIVEN A LECTURE by again, ONE OF THEIR OWN NURSES as to why I should not be eating 3 proteins a day and is why Im not losing weight. when I replied saying “but im practically starving” the nurse said “thats the point, because you need to go into ketosis” right. ok. so basically youre putting your body into starvation mode. you know what is going to happen after you get off the diet? youre going to gain back ALLLLLL the weight you lost so quickly, and then you will be screwed. so please, unless you will have no trouble with being hungry 90 precent of the time, DO NOT DO THIS DIET BECAUSE IT IS INSANE.

  12. i'vebeenthere March 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm -

    Take the thousands you will spend and invest it in a good gym membership or personal trainer. You will lose the weight – that is a given. But what it does to your body over the long term is very unhealthy – your hair suffers, your nails suffer, you develop bad breath from the ketosis, you get leg cramps, you are constipated and after a while, you are exhausted. I would recommend it to someone who needs to shed weight quickly for a surgery or for an ocassion or someone who just needs to lose 20 lbs. or so. For the long term, this is a very unhealthy way to go (and the weight gain does not and cannot last).

  13. CrystalT September 24, 2013 at 2:36 am -

    I was on the program 2 years ago for 2 months and lost 40 lbs. I felt awesome on it. I had energy, I slept great. I was only off the program one month and got pregnant so I gained the weight back. Now that I’m done breastfeeding I’m going back on the program to loose this weight again. I’m planning on shedding my extra pounds (i will be exercising during this program as i did the first time) then hitting the weights and focus on building my muscles up in order maintain my weight loss. When I’m on this program it feels like a cleanse to me and I feel great on it. And Dr.B is comparable price wise to other weightloss programs. Jenny Craig costs about $160 per week just for their prepackages foods (yuck) and then you still have to buy all the other food you need. With Dr.B you are still eating REAL food. You learn to cook healthy meals etc. granted this program is not for everyone but it works for me.

  14. therantguy March 20, 2015 at 11:25 pm -

    I literally have never talked to anyone who did this diet and didn’t gain the weight (and more back)…think about that…this “diet” is basically a short term scam…it focuses on all the wrong things and isn’t sustainable at all for anything but the very short term…

  15. the pinch April 12, 2015 at 12:47 am -

    The problem with 800 calorie diets – even 500 calorie – is that everyone insists that they are deadly. If so, how come so many people are benefiting from them?

    Obviously one’s concept of eating is about to change drastically – and for good reason. Is is better to putter around with one size fits all 1200 calorie diets that work for 5 foot tall mini women AND pro wrestlers? Or does it make more sense to follow a medically supervised program that will slam dunk the weight, and your probability of diabetes, stroke and/or a heart attack?

    You get past the hunger very quickly and get into the exercise. Food bills take a deep six. A piece of fruit tastes like ambrosia. And you continue to amaze yourself when you get on the scale.

    I am 61, and both my parents died around my age. Me? I have every intention of getting in a bikini this year.

  16. malinda May 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm -

    I am warning all the women out there,
    Do not do this diet. It will change the hormones in your body. I am 29 and I got diagnosed with breast cancer 6 months after I did the diet. I was a very healthy woman, no cancer in my family. No one. I was 150 pounds and I lost 20 pounds right away. My mothers friend got diagnosed with breast cancer 9 months after the diet.

    Losing weight so fast is not healthy, period. God knows whats in their injection. I went through an absolute hell and therapies for cancer. It is not worth it.
    My nutritionist at cancer centre said the diet had played a huge role in me getting cancer.

    Do not do this diet. Exercise, eat healthy. I know its not a quick solution but believe me you don’t want to get cancer. ITS NOT WORTH IT.

  17. DrBfan June 30, 2015 at 10:45 pm -

    My experience with Dr B has been great. In 2010 I weighed 259 lbs (I am a 5’10” male). In 3.5 months I dropped to 180 lbs and since then my weight has fluctuated from 180 to 195. I have always had issues with weight control but I have never gone back to my pre Dr B weight. The diet gave me no health issues nor to any of the 5 other people in my office who have tried the diet. 2 gained the weight back and the other 3 have kept all or most of it off at least 2 years after finishing the diet.
    On the diet I did feel cold and hungry but that stopped as soon as I went on maintenance. Also the doctor I saw every 3 weeks or so, strongly recommended doing exercise albeit moderate as you do not have the energy for anything strenuous.
    The diet also promotes healthy eating once you’ve finished it. It gives 3 rules, avoid deep fried food, avoid refined sugar and only eat when you’re hungry – sound advice! As for the cost, yes the amount you pay to the clinic is high but the net amount is much lower as your food bill is very low given that you are eating small amounts of inexpensive food. Also, when I was on the diet I avoided all socializing because the diet made me irritable and also nearly all socializing involves eating or drinking and I did not want the temptations (also helps with costs)
    This is a diet that works. It gets the weight off quickly but you cannot cheat on it at all or the weight loss stops. Besides, why would you pay this money and then cheat? What you do after the weight comes off is up to you. If you go back to the eating habits that got you fat in the first place, guess what will happen?
    My tips to make this diet work are:
    – Choose a time when you can dedicate several weeks (or months depending on how much you need to lose) to the diet or any other diet. January is a good time as everyone is on a diet then! Starting early December is a disaster waiting to happen.
    – Avoid socializing and all things that will bring you food temptation.
    – Exercise moderately. A 1 to 2 hour walk will burn calories and take your mind off the food (you will be hungry)
    – Tell people you are on medication or are having tests done if they want to know why you are not eating if you are at a social gathering.
    – Don’t stop til you have reached your goal weight as tempting as it may be.
    – Do go on the maintenance. Your body will take 6 weeks or so to adjust to the new weight and immediately after the diet (any diet) is the time you are most likely to gain weight.

  18. Carol December 10, 2015 at 3:12 am -

    I was on Bernstein last year and this finally worked! After trying sooooo many other diets this one really kick started my weight loss. Overall I lost 50lbs which was my goal. I did gain back 15lbs after but it helped adjust my lifestyle. I started working out and eating well and managed to loose the 15lbs I gained in about 6 months. Totally happy I started out with Bernstein! It’s totally worth it!

  19. Dave K March 12, 2016 at 5:50 pm -

    All, READ REVIEWS CAREFULLY!!! I didn’t and regret it. I was on this program for 3 weeks. I learned a lot in that time. First, the staff were rude, arrogant, and lack any knowledge of nutrition or diet. Once, I was given a lecture not to eat carrots again. When asked why, I was told not on program. When I ask what is wrong with carrots. I was rudely told, not on the program list. Then, I was told not to eat a pear. I asked why. Not of the list was the rude answer. Again, no real information given.

    Then, there is the so-called testing. Sure, a blood test makes sense to begin. I’ll give you that. Then, there is the urine testing each time for Ketones. Supposedly, this tells them your losing weight. My doctor and internet search says it ain’t that simple. Ketones only indicate your body is processing protein and fat to make glucose. It could be from what you eat or your own body. A urine test can’t tell you which. So, this testing really doesn’t tell if you losing weight or not. And then the straw that broke the camel’s back, the XRAY. They demand that you have a set of chest x-rays. For what I asked. The answer was part of program. Really, an x-ray for fun??? They demanded, I said no, so they terminated my program. Sure, a few days later, they changed their mind. But the damage was done. I’d never go back now. They treat you like crap then beg you to come back. Stupid.

    Another scam, They say Dr. B. requests these tests at a lab or diagnostic place. Really? Dr. B. is not licensed to practice in Alberta. He can’t order jack shit here. So, they use a proxy. Nice chap. A retired doctor who consults. When, we chatted, he didn’t seem to care about the blood test or x-ray. His name was just used by the clinic to order these shams.

    The vitamin shots. I went online and asked my doctor, I find that B vitamins have not been found as an aid to weight loss. The Mayo Clinic posted research on this. They are not harmful but not really a benefit either. Another, part of the Dr. B. marketing to make the program sound scientific.

    The staff was unpleasant, rude and arrogant. First, they have no knowledge of what they are doing beyond THE LIST. Can’t answer basic questions. They are there just because the law says you need to be at least a LPN to give shots. That is their only function.

    I would not recommend this program. It is too expensive and unrealistic. If you want to try, just buy their list/cookbook and do it on your own. Drug store vitamins and the book is all there is to this program.