8 Health Risks/Benefits of the Bernstein Diet

The Bernstein Diet was created by Dr. Stanley Bernstein about 35 years ago. Sometimes, it is confused with another diet by the same name, which was contrived by Dr. Richard Bernstein. Dr. Richard Bernstein’s diet was designed with the main purpose of controlling diabetes and weight loss. This article will relate to Dr. Stanley Bernstein’s diet.

The main idea of the diet is rapid weight loss (up to 4-5 lb a week). This weight loss is achieved through restricted calorie intake (850-950 calories a day) supported by mineral and vitamin supplements, and vitamin B injections. Dr. Bernstein claims that all weight loss comes from fat tissues, without any loss of muscles, bodily fluids or essential microelements. You need to come to a special clinic three times per week. The Bernstein Diet has maintenance and tune-up phases as well.

Health Risks

1. Restrictive Calorie Intake

Though low calorie diets are effective in achieving fast weight loss, they can cause problems in the long run, such as a lower metabolism, rapid loss of muscle mass instead of fat, a feeling of deprivation and tiredness. It is difficult to stay on the restrictive calorie plan for a long time, and weight often comes back after the diet is over.

2. Vitamin B Injections

There are certain risks associated with vitamin B injections. Common side effects of vitamin B injections are diarrhea, nausea, pain at the injection site, headache, joint pains and sense of entire body being swollen. Besides, the latest research about vitamin B for weight loss was controversial.

3. Lack of Exercise

The Bernstein Diet does not offer any specific exercise regimen. Dr. Bernstein doesn’t consider exercise an essential part of the weight loss, though he mentions the benefits of physical activity for the general health.

4. Cost

Cost of following the Bernstein Diet is $125 per week. After the initial weight loss, it is recommended to stay on the maintenance plan for a year, which costs an additional $599.

5. Geographical Limitations

If you decide to follow the Bernstein Diet, you will need to make at least three visits a week to a special clinic – provided, you live in the following areas: British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario provinces in Canada, or Florida and Virginia in US.


1. Medical Supervision and Support

The weight loss is monitored by medical specialists. On every visit after the initial health assessment, a urine sample is taken to evaluate the progress. A medical professional also weighs you in, advises on the food plan and addresses any concerns.

2. Rapid Weight Loss

With the Bernstein Diet you can lose weight quickly – up to 20lb a month. However, this is really more of a health risk than benefit.

3. Maintenance

You will obtain necessary knowledge for future weight maintenance. You will learn how to determine which foods are healthy to consume, in what amounts and how to understand food labels.

The Bernstein Diet is a controversial approach to losing weight since it requires a restricted calorie intake for a prolonged time and vitamin B injections. The cost is high and geographical locations of clinics are limited.


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