The Bernstein diet for fast weight loss: pros and cons

The Bernstein diet for fast weight loss: pros and cons

Dr. Bernstein’s diet is one of the most famous low carb diets in the world, not to be confused with the Bernstein protocol for diabetes. Dr. Stanley K. Bernstein is a well-known Canadian physician in the field of bariatric surgery, and is a physicist, author of a diet that has worked for over 40 years.

While Dr. Richard Bernstein has a similar approach, he is best known for his type 2 diabetes protocol.

Dr. Stanley Bernstein ‘s method of stabilizing blood sugar, reducing hunger and fighting overweight is well known internationally. Many low carb diets in circulation today have been inspired by the Bernstein diet.

Remembering that it is always good to talk to your doctor before embarking on a diet , in this article I will explain: what the Bernstein diet consists of with the shock phase, maintenance phase and allowed foods.


The Bernstein diet as already mentioned is a low carb one. There is no menu that is valid for everyone, but I can give you an example in the following paragraphs. The complete treatment is not only dietary, but with injections of vitamins B6 and B12, not supplements. Obviously I’m not recommending them.
Cons: Most patients find the first three days difficult. The diet is also very low-calorie: 800 to 1350 calories. Pros. People with severe overweight typically lose 3-4 pounds in 4-5 days of dieting. In a month, about 10 kilos are lost in the impact phase. The maintenance serves to not regain weight.

Even in maintenance, the diet focuses on natural foods. Therefore many foods remain, if not excluded for life, reserved for very special occasions, such as parties or invitations. Then it is good to return to the shock phase for a few days (3-4) and then resume the final maintenance diet.

The example I will give you is for a diet of about 1200/1300 calories for the shock phase.

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