What Foods are Allowed on the Stillman Diet?

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The Stillman Diet is a weight loss program that works through strict restriction of carbohydrates and fat, which leads to ketosis, where the body is forced to burn fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. The only types of food allowed on the diet are lean proteins such as poultry, fish, and low fat cottage cheese, while things like bread, alcohol, and butter must be completely avoided. Another critical piece of the program is drinking plenty of water, though certain other types of drinks are allowed as well. Some types of spices are also allowed to provide some variety in the tastes of the available foods.

Those following the Stillman Diet are limited to eating foods with minimal carbohydrates and fats; this means they cannot have any fruits or vegetables, grain-based foods like rice or pasta, and products like oil or butter. The dieter's primary form of sustenance is lean protein, which can include lean meats like beef or veal, skinless chicken or turkey, and fish or other seafood. Eggs and light cottage cheese are also allowed under the plan. Though one can consume as much of these foods as he or she wants, it is recommended that a day's worth of food be spread across six smaller meals rather than three larger ones. A vitamin supplement can also be included to compensate for any nutrients that are not being obtained from food.


The other part of the Stillman Diet considered critical for weight loss is drinking a large quantity of water. Eight glasses is typically considered the optimal amount, and dieters should aim to consume at least that much each day. Other calorie-free drinks may also be included, but should only be consumed in addition to the necessary water; these can include coffee, tea, and diet soda.

Though condiments that can add fat or carbohydrates, such as mayonnaise, ketchup, and salad dressing, are all prohibited on the Stillman Diet, certain products that improve flavor are allowed. Both salt and pepper may be used to flavor the meats and other proteins, as can herbs and spices such as oregano, basil, or rosemary. Tabasco sauce is also allowed to add some spice. Due to the limited variety allowed by the plan, dieters may find inclusion of these products very helpful for adding some variety, which may in turn help them stick with the diet.


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Post 4

You did not read the premise of this diet. It is temporary to get some weight off quickly in about 10 days. Then you go on to more easily lose weight when the first plunge is successful.

You might note that the recommendation is that you cut down the portions but don't deviate from the foods allowed.

There is an additional Dr. Stillman diet referred to as the Inches Off Diet in which he includes the fruits and vegetables.

Post 3

I agree with @mobilian33 that fruits and vegetables should be a part of any healthy weight loss program. The key to losing weight is moderation. You don't have to go to extremes like drinking only water or even going on a no or low carb diet.

Just cut down on the portions you eat. Make a habit of not filling your plate with food at meals and never go back for seconds and don't snack between meals. This goes a long way in limiting the calories you consume and that's the bottom line with any diet plan. And of course, you need to exercise. There's no getting around that one.

Post 2

Any kind of dieting that does not let you eat fruits and vegetables doesn't sound like it would be healthy. We all have heard that fruits and vegetables are the best foods for us all of our lives. Any diet plan that says no to these foods goes against what we accept as common sense. Maybe this diet works, but it doesn't sound like it would be good for you.

Post 1

My doctor told me that the sweeteners that are in diet sodas instead of natural sugar can make people want to eat more sweets, so while you are not getting sugar when you drink the sodas they may be causing you more harm in the long run if you can't control your cravings for sweets.

I think you would be better to avoid all types of diet drinks when you are on a diet plan and trying to lose weight. Unsweetened tea is a good option. Getting used to the taste could take a while, but in the long run this is better for you.

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