The Doctor's Quick Weight Loss Diet (The Stillman Diet) was created by Irwin Maxwell Stillman, M.D. in 1967. It's an early form of the high-protein and low-carbohydrate diets. It differs from low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins Plan in that it is also a low-fat diet.
The diet includes lean beef, veal, chicken, turkey and fish. Eggs and non-fat cottage cheese are also included as are spices, tabasco sauce, herbs, salt, and pepper. Condiments, butter, dressings and any kind of fat or oil are not permitted. Tea, coffee, and non-caloric soft drinks can be consumed, but only in addition to the 8 daily glasses of water required. It's also recommended that dieters eat 6 small meals per day instead of 3 large ones.
Notable users of diet
Karen Carpenter began using the diet in her teens. In 1967 she began dieting. Under a doctor's guidance, Karen, who stood 5'4" and weighed 145 pounds, went on the Stillman Diet. She rigorously ate lean foods, drank 8 glasses of water a day, and avoided fatty foods. By September 1975, Karen's weight dropped to 91 pounds. In 1983 she died of complications related to anorexia nervosa. In his 1976 book, Stillman recommended his 'Quick Weight Loss Diet' to people who were dangerously overweight, and who needed to shed pounds very quickly in order to relieve the stress on their organs, in particular their hearts.
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