If a doctor dismisses a patient from a program or refuses to perform nonessential (non-emergent) care, that is his/her perogative. The law only extends to trauma or emergency cases, when the result of a physician's refused or delayed treatment will be the death of the patient. The doctor reserves the right to refuse unnecessary treatment for any number of reasons...likely in this case it would simply be ineffective advertising. If a patient proves through several episodes of weight regain, chances are that patient will not be successful in keeping their weight off once they are off of the diet. It isn't good press when a former patient completes the diet and still ends up obese.
I'm a doctor too. Were I in his position, I wouldn't treat such patients either.
1: I go for dr b diet, so strict and tough, pay lots of money, but lose very fast and then go for maintenancewhile enjoying my great looks during maintenence (5 months diet, 7 months maintenence=year)
2: I go for another diet like (weight watchers) ,easier, less money , lose slower which might take me 1 year or more , on diet.
3: lap-band surgery , costs a fortune and it's painful, i hate surgeries
i chose dr b . will give it a try. if i fail , i will go to another diet
1) I was only told after I started and paid money that my goal weight was too high, I'm 5'2" and I wanted to end up at around 125-130lbs. This is on the high side of normal for me, and where I felt comfortable. I felt pressured to try for more based on an arbitrary number in a book even though I think a bit higher weight is where I should be. Being told my goal was not good enough made me feel like the staff was not open to accommodation to each person individually as they claim
2) I did NOT Cheat, I know some won’t believe me, but often my ketones were low and was told to remove fruit from my diet for weeks at a time. When I told them I absolutely was being compliant, staff suggested I was lying, making me feel very bad about how I was treated. This is a VERY low calorie diet, and taking away fruit made it even harder to follow. Also, being treated poorly when I did not show ketones in my urine seems like just blaming the patient instead of helping to work through problems.
3) The diet is very restrictive to what you can eat, and can be very hard to stay with if you are on it for a long time. It stays restrictive until your goal weight is reached and if you have a lot to loose, you may not be able to stay with it. If you cheat, you may be treated with bully tactics and even kicked off!! This is not a way to teach people to eat for the rest of their lives in my opinion. I stayed with it until I lost the weight, but it was not easy at all. Kicking out patients who aren’t experiencing the results expected seems to be to be a good way to keep positive numbers for statistics, but no way to treat a patient. You can say the diet works for everyone if you get rid of the trouble makers.
4) Some weeks I lost a great deal of weight, once 11lbs in a week, but some I lost less. Once again I was accused of cheating, and had my fruit taken away. Most doctors will agree that dieters will plateau at points, and I think the staff treated me poorly even though I WAS loosing weight, I was told I was failing. I think expecting you to loose lbs every time you come in to be weighed (3 times a week) is unrealistic. Your weight can fluctuate throughout the day for goodness sake, and if you don’t see results one week, you will over time. Seemed very punitive to not take in account that I lost say eight lbs one week and none the next. Seems like the average is still 4 lbs a week, so how can the staff say I was cheating?
5) I often felt dizzy, sometimes nauseous, and did nearly fainted more then once in the gym. Although I was overweight, I worked out a few times a week for years, just not enough to keep me slim. I don’t think any healthy diet should be making you feel that poorly when working out. This went on for weeks, but I did not want to give up as I was loosing lbs. Eventually I stopped feeling hungry ever, and need to force myself to eat. This once again does not seem like teaching people who have problems with food to eat healthy for the rest of their lives.
6) I got constipated more that once, this diet can do that and it was not fun being backed up.
7) I never lost enough weight to meet the clinics goal of ideal weight for me (even though I am a 34 DD and never lost an ounce of my chest) so I never went on maintenance. This caused me to gain ten lbs back very fast (within 3 months) and made getting it off with more moderate means much harder.
8) I gave up the diet when my hair started to fall out, and people told me I looked sick all the time. I did loose weight, but I hated every minute of it.
Don’t get me wrong, loosing weight and sticking to a diet is HARD WORK. My experience was negative mostly due to the cookie cutter approach and bully tactics I had once the diet clinic had my money. I lost weight, but it was so not worth it in the long run for me. If you are a person with strong willpower and want to try it, you will loose weight, how can you not eating 800 calories or less. Be warned though, and talk to people in the clinic who have been there a while on your way out before handing over cash. If you have a fairly inactive lifestyle it may be fine for you, if you still want to be able to play squash, be prepared to feel like c**p. If you are a compulsive over eater or have eating disorders, this may not be doable for you at all. There is nothing in this program to help folks deal with why they overeat. For some people who have tried more conventional diet plans or have a dangerous weight problem the pros may outweigh the cons and you WILL loose fat, but for most people I would warn against this program. I wish I could go back and never have set foot in the Dr. B clinic and used the money I spent on something more realistic. Good luck to all dieters who read this, your goals are admirable, but beware of anything that sound to good to be true there is always a downside.
My mother is an obese woman and has tried a lot of the popular diets over the years and none of them worked then she found out about Dr.Bernsteins clinics. She weighed 400 pounds when she started about two years ago and has now lost 150 pounds and is a new woman. She gained some weight at Christmas this year and had to sign a contract that she would lose 2 pounds a week. She is now able to travel and that is what she did when she went to Mexico last week. She gained about ten pounds while she was away (as you do at an all inclusive resort) and when she returned to the clinic only to promptly get KICKED OUT by Dr.Bernstein himself because of the weight gain. She is devastated, and I am afraid for her future. She has paid ALOT of money over two years and had been very successful up to now. I just don’t understand how they could do this to my mom, it seems as though he cares more about his reputation then he does about the people in his program. This program DOES work but if this is the way they treat their patients I would not recommend it to anyone.
If anyone has had similar experiences with Dr. B or knows someone who has I would love to hear about them …I doubt my moms the only one … she is a kind, good hearted person and any support would be appreciated
Hi there! Oh my God, I didn’t know how these clinics work!
I have been actually reading about dr. Berstains clinic and though of as such a cool place especially because I read that they treated everyone as an individual and made diet programs and plans according to everybody’s weight, age, health, etc…..and I thought that this must work.
However, I did imagine that the stuff especially doctor himself to be kinder, which shows completely opposite in your mothers case. I don’t know what to think now.
I am not aware about any special rules they have on a clinic! From what you said, patients are forbidden to gain weight or what?
Did your mom have to stay on the clinic or only visit from time to time?
I was wondering if you could tell me a bit more about the clinics work! And the prices if you’re aware of them! Thank you
I am very sorry about what happened to your mother. It is definitely wrong no matter what their policy is.
Have you tried talking to her, reassuring her that they are obviously not worth of any hassle and that she could try to continue with dieting on her own.
There is a book, written by a MAYO CLINIC stuff about the right choices of food and how to properly combine them. I can’t remember the exact name now but if you’re interested I can find out.
i think dr b is a prejudice fake and cares about money nobody else. he will kick u off because hes a monster. ppl loose weight with his diet and so what if ppl cheat that shoul let dr b know this person is struggling get to the bottom of it. his reputation would be waaaaaaaay better off but he doesnt care about us and ppl who work at his clinics are fat girls with attitude
THAT is a LOAD of sh*t... get your facts straight before you post nonsense like that.. so do tell which clinic to you work for
Teaches you portion control, the importance of eating protein and not eating starch and how little food your body really needs (of course in the normal course, this is more than on the Dr. B. diet).
Lose weight really quickly. Pretty amazing results for the first while, though first week doesnt count in my view (water weitght)
I found the service was decent and they got you through appointments quickly.
Nurse was of decent attitude. None of this horrible attitude.
Personally I was tired and hungry a lot. In my view it was very little food - the price of losing weight, I guess.
I felt like I was almost discouraged from exercising by the bernstein dr - probably wise because your body has nothing to use.
Certain foods are now dead to me. Ultra-low fat mayonnaise - wait it is not even food! Crystal light.
At certain points I stopped eating the fruit as it was impeding weight loss.
MY gp wanted me to get off.
My mom knows a few people on the diet and doesn't know anyone who did not gain back.
A few years later I have now lost 50 pounds applying what I learned using Dr Bernstein, but just eating more. I can't say I wouldn't recommend it but you need to know what you are getting into and prepared to be tired and hungry.
A side note - DO NOT pig out at the end of the diet. I did this and had to be off work four/five days because I could barely sit down due to my ass hurting so much from digestive issues.
even though i am overweight i am still active, just make really poor food choices. i lost 16 lbs on my own through diet and excercise then thought i would see what bernstein was all about to get the loss to go faster. i joined 2.5 weeks ago and am down 15lbs. that's a total lose of 31lbs so far!
the first few days are tough but you get over it and the cravings actually go away. i feel great, i'm sleeping better and i have more energy. i have 25lbs to go and then will leave the program and continue to eat right and get back into more strenuos exercise. of course if you stop a diet and go back to your old ways you will gain all the weight back. i am planning on taking what i have learned about portion sizes and proper eating and applying that after the program. for those who say it's not healthy, i guarantee you i am alot healthier now eating fresh foods and drinking lots of water then i was before when i was packing in the cheese and pasta!
Ever since then I have had to stay at about 900 calories a day or I will gain weight rapidly, and it's almost impossible for me to lose it.
Don't let some loser's experience convince you not to give this diet a try. My mother and aunt successfully completed this diet, together losing over 135 pounds. My sister and I have had success. And no, we haven't experienced hair loss either (another topic of this forum). If it doesn't work for you, you can always quit, but if you've got a lot of weight to lose and want to do it quickly, this is a great diet.