A Special Post by Author Kelly L. Stone
My Successful Experience with the Stillman Diet
The Doctor’s Quick Weight Loss Method, a high-protein diet developed in the 1960’s by Dr. Irvin Stillman, is just what the name suggests: a quick way to lose weight without drugs or exercise. I know because from August 2013 to December 2013, I lost 50 pounds following Dr. Stillman’s advice-that’s roughly ten pounds a month. No matter how you look at it, ten pounds a month can not be considered unsafe-that’s less than 4 pounds per week. I’d like to share my experience with you so that you might consider using Dr. Stillman’s diet as an easy and fast way to shed unwanted pounds.
By the way, Dr. Stillman’s book, The Doctor’s Quick Weight Loss Method, is still available on Amazon.
I’m 5’8” tall and in August 2013, topped the scales at 185.5 pounds. I felt sluggish, my appetite was out of control, I craved sweets and pasta constantly, I could never get full no matter how much I ate, I got a stress fracture in my leg when I tried running the weight off (plus I only lost 7 pounds during the 4 months I was running), and I looked and felt awful. To make matters worse, my medical check-up for health insurance revealed I was pre-diabetic, hypertensive, my “bad” cholesterol was high, and my BMI was over 30 which put me in the “obese” category. It was depressing!
So I ate my last pizza on August 18, 2013 (yes I ate the whole thing by myself) and started the diet on Monday, August 19. Following Dr. Stillman’s “approved foods” list in his book, I stocked up on lean hamburger meat, lean chicken, tuna in water, 2% cottage cheese, and steak.
I confess that the first two weeks was the hardest; getting into the mindset to eat two boiled eggs for breakfast, a hamburger patty or can of tuna for lunch, and a broiled steak for dinner took some mental and physical adjusting. I had a mild headache and some GI distress as my body detoxed from carbs, but within three days I’d lost my first two pounds. The first two weeks I lost about 12 pounds. That was enough encouragement for me to keep going.
After two weeks the diet became easy. My appetite decreased significantly, so that a hamburger patty or can of tuna actually filled me up. I can’t tell you what a relief it was to eat a small amount of protein and feel full! Grocery shopping became a breeze, and as I continued to diet, I was consistently losing three to five pounds per week. When I lost 20 pounds people started to notice and compliment me, which also helped me keep going.
After I’d dropped 25 pounds I had another medical check-up, and the nurse who did my bloodwork was astounded at the results-I was no longer pre-diabetic or hypertensive, my “bad” cholesterol had dropped to a normal level, and my BMI was 20, which put me in the “normal” range.
I lost a total of 50 pounds on the Stillman diet and am now in maintenance phase. Dr. Stillman has a “three-pound-red-flag-rule” to help you maintain your goal weight; as soon as you gain three pounds over your goal weight, return to the all-protein diet to lose it. This works for me because I can have days where I can broaden my range of food choices, but my weight doesn’t spiral out of control like it did before.
If you’re overweight I encourage you to get Dr. Stillman’s book and try the diet for yourself. Look at my before and after pictures-now, I’m proud of the way I look. I feel great, and I rewarded myself by buying lots of new clothes, something I hadn’t done literally in years. I just finished running a 15K without injury and have a half-marathon planned for April.
Give Dr. Stillman’s diet a try- you’ll be amazed and proud of the results! You can do it!