Stillman diet

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The Doctor's Quick Weight Loss Diet (The Stillman Diet) was created by Irwin Maxwell Stillman, M.D., in 1967.

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.[1]

According to WebMD the diet is a "warmed-over" version of the Atkins Diet. In actuality, Dr Stillman published before Atkins--5 years before.

Karen Carpenter[edit]

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.[2] In 1983 she died of complications related to anorexia nervosa.[3][4]


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