The Stillman Diet, by Dr. Irwin Maxwell Stillman, is a strict high-protein weight loss plan that helps you slim down quickly. Also known as The Doctor’s Quick Weight Loss Diet, this eating plan eliminates carbohydrates and uses protein to supply your body with energy. When you eat carbs, your body turns them to glucose, which then fuels your muscles and brain. By removing carbohydrates from your diet, it forces your liver to turn body fat into fatty acids and something called “ketone bodies”. The ketone bodies replace glucose as the energy source.
Due to the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet, this should be followed on a short-term basis only–no longer than 7 days. It would also be a good idea to take a vitamin supplement. Please check with your doctor before beginning.
The Stillman Diet ramps up your intake of animal protein, so it is not a good weight loss plan for people who don’t eat meat. The premise is to follow the diet exactly, without substitutions or deviating in any way, for best results. Even the smallest slip could set back your weight loss several days. The diet touts fast weight loss–up to fifteen pounds in a week. You can eat:
- Lean meat with all visible fat removed: beef, lamb and veal, but no fats of any kind are allowed in the cooking process.
- Fowl, including: chicken or turkey. No fats allowed for cooking.
- Lean fish such as: flounder, cod and haddock.
- Shellfish, including: shrimp, clams, lobster, crab, oysters, scallops.
- Eggs, cooked any style but absolutely without any fats.
- Skim milk cheese such as cottage or farmer’s cheese.
Four Great Snacks
The best way to stay on track is to eat small snacks throughout the day.
1. Greek chicken bites. Mix together marjoram, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, oregano, coriander, cardamom, thyme and paprika. Add the tiniest pinch of nutmeg, cloves and ground anise seeds. Cut a skinless, boneless chicken breast into one-inch cubes and dry rub with the herb and spice mixture. Allow to marinate, then cook in a non-stick pan, stirring constantly to keep herbs from burning. Cook until chicken is cooked through, but still moist.
2. Mock vanilla ice cream. Use a blender or food processor to turn non-fat cottage cheese to a creamy consistency. Add a drop of vanilla and zero-carb sweetener to taste. Freeze, stirring every 15 minutes or so, until it is just beginning to harden.
3. Shrimp cocktail. Stir seafood seasoning into fat-free or nearly fat-free chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add shrimp and simmer until cooked. Drain, cool and serve with cocktail sauce.
4. Mock chicken salad. Blend a hard boiled egg, enough water to make it the consistency of salad dressing, seasoned salt, a pinch of celery seed and a bit of garlic powder. Mix in a splash of vinegar and a little bit of zero-carb sweetener to taste. Cut cooked chicken or turkey breast into cubes, add the egg mixture and serve.