Bernstein Diet Food List

Devised by Canadian doctor of the same name, the Bernstein Diet is slightly unusual in that it is necessary to attend one of Dr. Bernstein’s clinics up to three times per week in order to take full advantage of the program.  He does claim, however, that you could lose up to 5 lb per week by following his recommendations to the letter.  He also assures us that the weight lost will be 100 percent fat and not muscle fiber or water.

Although it is a low-calorie diet, it also implements other aspects, such as educating people about what they are eating. The plan also requires vitamin and mineral supplement. Those taking part in the diet also receive vitamin B complex injections during their appointments at his clinic.

As with any diet, there are several foods that are essential to the success of his eating plan. In this article we will take a look at some of these that you can expect to find if you decide to enlist the help of Dr. Bernstein.

Fruits and Vegetables

The staple of any good, healthy eating plan; fruits and veggies are packed full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Most green, leafy vegetables contain a good quantity of fiber and water that help the body to clear waste from your system, as well as give you a great feeling of fullness.

Some of the items specifically recommended to the Bernstein Diet include:

  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Bean sprouts
  • Mushrooms
  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Lemons
  • Capsicum


Lean Meat and Fish

When taking part in a low-calorie eating plan, there is always a risk that you can reduce the amount of protein in your diet to a level that can be unhealthy. Protein intake in this diet can be achieved by eating lean cuts of meat and fish that are naturally low in fat, and satisfying to eat as well.

If you are a meat-eater, consider some of the following:

  • Chicken breast
  • Tuna
  • Fresh white fish
  • Chicken livers (a great source of iron)
  • Small, lean cuts of red mea,t such as fillet steak



One idea to cut a lot of fat and calories from any food is to use spices, herbs and seasonings in place of the usual sugar, salt and cream.  Herbs and spices are naturally calorie-free and some can actually help reduce blood pressure and aid in digestion.  

Keep a few jars of these handy in your kitchen if you are trying out the Bernstein Diet:

  • Dried mixed herbs
  • Bouquet garni
  • Bay leaves
  • Soy sauce (use in place of regular salt in cooking)



Bread is one of those foods that are restricted in many diets, including this one. They contain a lot of carbohydrates that can cause weight gain in a lot of people, so they are generally avoided on most weight loss plans.

But there are a couple of exceptions to the rule. Crispbreads are allowed because they contain less filling carbs and a lot of them tend to be made using wholewheat flour with added vitamins.

If you must have some form of bread in your daily diet, then try these substitutes:

  • Melba toast
  • High-fiber crackers

All of these are sensible suggestions to make in an effort to lose weight, but it is important to ensure that your vitamin, mineral and protein levels are maintained. Combined with a gentle exercise routine, the Bernstein Diet is one that could see you drop a substantial amount of weight–just as long as you are prepared to attend his clinics 3 times per week.


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