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September 29th, 2009
in reply to Judithewitch, I too was treated poorly by the staff when I plateaued, so I gave it back and said as far as I'm concerned I'm happy with my weightloss AND there are MANY places I can go to for maintenance...so I have chosen Weight Watcher to maintain my weight loss. $16 per week is a whole lot better than Dr. B's plan. Happy and Maintaining....this is when I have put myself on a excercise program, for me swimming. DON'T GO BACK ON BAD HABITS THAT GOT YOU THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. YOU KNOW YOUR BEHAVIOURS BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.
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replied October 2nd, 2009
I am thinking of starting the Dr. B. diet in November when I return from vacation. Has anyone had personal experience with the clinic in Victoria that they can share? Thanks!
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replied October 30th, 2009
Bernstein Diet
I think that the Bernstein Diet has a lot of postives to it. I've been on it numerous times and have never completely finished the plan. I always felt fantastic when I've done it (numerous times over the past 30 years) but have never gone through to the maintenance plan (which I think is very important). I know countless people who have done this diet and never kept the weight off so this is a plan which must be monitored closely when you have completed. Keep to the plan during the week and perhaps treat yourself on the weekend.

As far as the nurses go - I've heard many tales of rudeness and signing contracts - but have never experienced that personally. You just keep your diary and write down everything you eat. Everything! If you're not losing weight there is a reason for it. I used to have a big 8 oz steak every Friday night and still lost weight.

I was never hungry and felt fabulous so I would encourage you to try it but only if you have more than 40 pounds or more to lose. Average weight loss is 4 pounds a week and believe me that the weight just falls off. I have no idea why. I've tried the diet myself without the shots and even gave myself B12 shots but it just wasn't the same. It just comes off the middle and it's wonderful. I think there must be something else in the shots besides B12 and B6.

Everyone has their own personal experience but I can say that if I had the money now, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I believe the cost is now about 160.00 (cdn) per week. The last time I was on (2 yrs ago) it was 140.00.

Best of luck to you!
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replied November 26th, 2009
Dr.Bernstein is NOT a HEALTHY choice!
the diet is very bad. I've been on the diet about 2 years ago and regretted it almost instantly. The diet causes hair loss, less energy and loose skin. Also all those food they offer is not what your body needs. Your body needs REAL food. Please if your deciding to go on the diet don't. It's not a good thing for you. Please for your own sake don't.
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replied December 31st, 2009
i was on dr. b diet but now do it on my own from home
I was on the diet both in the clinic and on it by myself the clinic was good to learn how it all works. some of the nurses were good and some where very bad. I got kicked out by a bad nurse eventually but learned everything about it while i was there. I kept most of the weight off but gained abit back because of bad habits but now i just go on the diet myself when i feel the need to lose some more weight fast. My family doctors will prescribe the vitamin injections and stuff so its a no big deal. its amazing because instead of paying $600 or more a month i just pay $13 for a 3 month supply of injections now. or you can buy them online yourself if your doctor wont prescribe em, then it cost about $200 for 3 month supply. the vitamin b6 and b12 injection is just .4 each of the b6 and b12 equally then the potasium tablet 2 times a day as well as multi vitamin and calcium and vitamin d. i have lost over 200lb in 8 months and will be starting the diet again very soon to lose another 100 or so. it is very hard diet but you have to make life changes afterwords inorder to keep it off. I have kept off 150lbs over 3 years so i know it can be done. i hope this helps anyone considering to be on it or not. i recomend going on it for a while to be educated first then if you think you can do it on your own go for it then. save your hard earned money people.
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replied June 26th, 2011
Dr. B home edition?
I've been researching the Dr. B Diet and have physicians approval. But I can't afford to go the the clinics and have heard about the "home edition." How do I find more information about this and get the lists of food, etc. and supplement info? Is there a website I can access? Any info would be appreciated! Could you please email me if you can provide any direction? Thank you so much!
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replied July 27th, 2011
Dr. berstein shots
how do you know what is in the shots?
I would really like to know what they are injecting as they will not give out this information.
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replied July 27th, 2011
Dr. berstein shots
how do you know what is in the shots?
I would really like to know what they are injecting as they will not give out this information.
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replied January 25th, 2010
Thank you for your comments - NOT going to Dr. B as a result
Thank you to everyone who posted here. I was considering going to Dr. B or Jenny Craig, and you have helped me decide to go to Jenny Craig. I have done JC before and it worked, but it is expensive and I had to stop because I didn't have the money. I slipped back into my old ways and gained everything back.
One thing I know for sure is that I DON'T want saggy skin, so I will try something that promotes losing 1 - 2 lbs per week, not 20 lbs per month.
Good luck to everyone out there!
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replied February 3rd, 2010
Dr. and Gout
I started Dr. B diet right after New Years day and have lost 25 lbs so far. I have 140 pounds to lose so the first 25 were relatively easy. One problem though is that I developed gout for the first time. Reading some internet sites I found that gout can be caused by rapid weight loss and of course eating all the broccoli and cauliflower on this diet added to it. Has anyone else gotten gout while on this diet,
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replied December 17th, 2011
Gout on Dr Bernstein Diet
I've heard of some people having high urate levels, but they recommended drinking lots of water and avoiding the some of the foods that cause high urate levels. Eat smaller portions of theses foods and vegetables. There are some foods found in the everyday diet that can increase urate levels, or high in purines, that the clinic recommended limiting:Liver, kidney, poultry, anchovies, herring, sardines, shrimp, mackerel and salmon. Cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, and asparagus contains high levels of purines. Alcohol interferes with the removal of Uric Acid in the blood. Eating foods higher in Vitamin C such as apples, oranges, cantaloupe helps lower urate levels. The doctor at the clinic can also prescribe some medication if they're concerned.
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replied March 5th, 2010
I started the diet on Jan 7. It is now March 5 and in those 2 months I have lost 55lbs. I have 24lbs to go. I have not suffered side effects, I have no loose skin and everything is going well. I have stuck to the diet 100% as it is expensive. As far as rebound goes, my experience is the body does not like change, hence it is far easier to lose 5lbs gained over Xmas in the first week of January than 6 months later. I plan on going on maintenance as I believe the body needs 6-8 weeks at the new weight to accept it as normal. Of course if you go back to the habits that got you fat in the first place then you will gain it back. Also, 'celebrating' your weight loss with food is the wrong mindset and led you to the problem in the first place. I go to the Victoria clinic and find it very good.
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replied April 15th, 2010
Hi, I was thinking about going on Dr.B''s diet. Now I am not to sure. I am 5''5 and 220lbs (eek) I have Lupus as well as a bad back. Exercise is really hard for me. Everyday I am in pain. I wish I had an idea of what they give you on the diet then maybe make it abit better for our own needs.
BTW How much does it cost?

thanks,
Katherine
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replied April 15th, 2010
DOSAGE
How do you know what the INJECTION DOSAGE is? My doctor said that I could be prescribed the vitamins, if I could find out what the dosage etc it is.

jhalwa???????
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replied April 16th, 2010
bernstine dosage
the dosage is .4 cc of a unit each of b6 and b12 combined together in one syringe to equal .8 cc injected into the fat tummy or butt usually. hope that helps
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replied July 2nd, 2010
Does anyone know how many ml is in the injection for dr. bernsteins diet?
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replied October 17th, 2010
Did anyone go to a toronto clinc?
i am a 6 feet tall and i weigh in at about 290 lbs i am strongly considering going on Dr.B's diet, i am in school still and I have tried everything possible, and i am not able to enjoy my life becaue of all the weight, i have tried everythink out there and nothing seems to work. I have been overweight my whole life and i also think it is partially because of my genetics as well. I want to now if anyone has been to the clinic in Scarborough and i wanted to now how they thought it was? and also if they think i should try it out, i need to loose a minimum of at least 150lbs and the problem is money i am already having a problem paying my tuition but my weight is taking a bigger toll in my life and causes me to go into depression sometimes as well
despite the fact i am VERY active, i am the captain on a rep rugby team 4 years standing i play for the toronto Basketball association and i also swim and have a record time of doing 22 laps in 15mins
so lack of exercise isnt the problem but i need to loose the weight, has anyone been to the clinics on torono and would you suggest them please!
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replied January 21st, 2011
Ladies and Gentleman - you are what you eat period! The greatest thing about this diet plan is it teaches you how to restrict your portions. As well most people do not have the discipline to maintain a strict diet plan. By attending the clinic 3 times a week it makes you accountable for your promise to yourself to loose the weight that you want to lose. Lets face it we live in a world of impatient instant satisfaction and this diet fits that bill. It creates instant success in weight loss if you follow the plan and in doing this combined with the accountability factor you will feel better and have a sense of self gratification. As a reminder its your responsibility to lose the weight not the clinic staff! I started by saying you are what you eat! Think about what you consume daily and get control of it and you will see results. Most people think they dont eat much, if you write down everything you eat for a week keeoing track of your caloric intake you will be surprised. It takes 1 minute to consume a piece of chocolate cake which is 500 calories, it takes 2 hrs of steady paced walking to work that 500 calories off. Bottom line eat the amount of calories you are able to burn off in a daya and you will maintain your weight. Most people eat more than they burn thus they gain weight! Enough said
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replied March 4th, 2011
I have been an employee (no longer) of Dr. B over the last several years and have witnessed poor treatment to patients by staff, but mainly by Dr. B. himself. Not only is he rude to patients but to his employees as well. He instills a great fear and how he has the power to do this is beyond me. As a previous staff member, we allow this abusive behaviour and it should be stopped. That being said I must say, the diet is a good one as long as it is followed 100%. That is why it is medically supervised and I have seen some wonderful results and was happy to be able to contribute to the renewed health of many overweight individuals. I met so many wonderful people and enjoyed counselling, but was not able to take the stress anymore of being an employee. Those who are continuing to do the Dr. B. program, good luck with your ongoing weight loss. Don't worry about plateaus and cheats here and there, just get back on track and most importantly do not take any abuse from anyone, especially the man himself.
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replied April 29th, 2011
do you agree with the dose of.4 of each B12 and B6. I ama nurse and following this at home but only giving .35 of each
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replied July 27th, 2011
can you please tell me what is in the injections? How many ccs of b12 and b6? Is there anything else in the shots? this would really!!!!!!!!!!!!!! helpful. Thank you!
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replied July 6th, 2012
Dr. B help
Hi Inad, I have been on this diet for 6 weeks now. I started at 169.2 and now am 150.2. What is frustrating now is that in 1 week I gained 1 pound then lost it. So for 160.00 didn't lose anything. I am 52 and am in menopause so don't know if that has an effect. But I followed the diet 100% and still not losing weight. So the nurse suggests cut back fruit, don't eat the Dr. B bars, don't have bread, then what the heck will I be eating? I was really mad when I went in today and the nurse was upset because I told the front desk people how I am not losing and there were other patients around. They don't care about me, they care if I cause concern for their other $160.00 a week clients. I exercise play golf, hockey and baseball, I just don't know what to do. They say I should be 130-140. I think it will take me probably 3 more weeks only because I seem to have hit a plateau. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks
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replied June 15th, 2011
Dr. B Diet or BULL S**T Diet
I changed few clinics but found everywhere the staff is totally RUDE and all the doctors they have are really the one whom nobody can hire or take. All the staff members (secretory, nurses and even doctors) are obese. There is NEVER consistency between each nurse who gives shots and even their own doctor.Atleast in few GTA locations. They never answer any question straight. Despite of my doctors warning for not to take overdose of potassium or check kidney function every 2 weeks, they never checked it during 8 weeks. Even still not now. I have to go to the hospital for loosing excessive blood and found that sever iron deficiency. Clinic still didnt do any action....by reading forums, I would say, there is absolutely no benifit of B12 B6 on weight loss other than feeling 5% more energetic. My family doc says I can take oral B12. That's fine....I dont know why I spent $1500 for this S**T program. Apart from all, when there is no weight loss during visit, staff SCOLD and make you feel so upset that you day goes just wrong. Openly use words like CHEATER and OUT OF MIND. I changed other locations to avoid this thinking may be some people are bad but I think they are all TRAINED like this.
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replied December 14th, 2011
I have been reading so much about this Diet and everyone seems to have gained the weight back. Now I ask if you loose the weight does that mean that you cannot eat more but exercise and maintain it? or Just because you will eat more you gain it no matter what?
Some also say that your metabolism will get messed up and you will have a hard time to loose weight normally by exercising.
The issue with me is that I cannot exercise as I have back issues so burning calories is hard for me.
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replied December 18th, 2011
Metabolism after Dr Bernstein Diet
Usually the people who gain the weight back return to their unhealthy lifestyle after losing all the weight. It really depends on your lifestyle choices. Eat fewer calories than you burn/day, and you'll do fine to maintain. They have what's called the maintenance diet at the clinic that you can try for a month or longer and find out how much food you can eat/day without gaining and then doing it on your own. If you want to stay on it longer, you can. But you can pretty much do it on your own and self-monitor - choose from the healthy foods list. Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, not too much carbs, but more than when you were on the diet. Exercise 3-4 times/wk and eat junk only once/wk and you'll maintain your weight. That's the only way I was able to maintain the weight after the Dr Bernstein diet. Try walking if you can't exercise or go to the gym, that helps. If not don't eat a lot of junk or unhealthy food and you should still be fine. You may be able to ask your family doctor to refer you to a dietitian and that's covered by medical plans - just so that you have someone to help you map our your journey to maintain weight. But once you start eating unhealthy again - pizza, fast food, sweets, the weight will return. The Dr Bernstein diet doesn't screw up your metabolism, because your metabolism was slow in the first place which was one reason why you gained weight. I read a lot about people blaming the diet on screwing up their metabolism, but if you really look at their lifestyle after they lost the weight, you'll see they returned to their unhealthy eating habits that caused them to gain weight in the first place.
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replied December 16th, 2011
For some of us, the Dr Bernstein diet worked and helped us to lose weight. I didn't have a problem with the diet, but I've read about others here on this forum. The key for me was sticking to the diet plan. The nurse knows if you're cheating, because after a few clinic visits you may no longer be in ketosis. I know once in a while I wasn't in ketosis. I didn't eat anything off the food list, but at the next clinic visit everything was fine again. The nurses treated me well and they make you see the doctor if things are not going well. I can honestly say that the diet does work. If there is one beef I have, I'll have to say that people are in and out of ketosis during the day. It fluctuates. Ketosis is not a bad thing and should not be mistaken for Ketoacidosis which is dangerous.
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replied February 20th, 2012
Experienced User
You will lose weight on any diet where your calories consumed are less than your calories burned. Simple as that. Where diets fail (in my opinion) is when after the dieter loses the weight, they go back to their old style of eating. And that is the reason why diets continually fail. Instead of going on a "diet", what you need to do is learn to eat like slim healthy people do and learn to like it so you can continue it for life. Me and many of my friends are slim and healthy. We eat mainly a fruit/veg and low meat diet. We limit portions and also weigh ourselves daily. If we gain a pound or two, we cut back for a few days. BTW, we also eat pasta, rice and potatos however, our main staples are salads and veggies. One other thing, we never drink pop or juices as they are empty calories.
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replied August 11th, 2012
Dr b at home (supplies you will need)
Supplies you will need.

1. One B6: 02245215 3000 mcg / 30ml = $37 (Rexall & DIA Pharmacy) Has to be ordered. Takes 1 day. (depending where you live)

2. One B12: 00521515 1000 mcg / 10ml = $7.95 (Rexall)
3. Thirty BD Ultra-fine II Insulin Syringe for U-100 insulin 1cc, 8mm, 30 Gauge needles (Will last for 2 and one half months) = $8.97 (Rexall & DIA Pharmacy)
4. One Ketostix (Regent Strips Urinalyis) DIN:2880U for urine test to check fat-burning level (Comes with 50 sticks will last for 4 months) =$8.59 (Rexall & DIA Pharmacy)
5. One APO-K (DIN 00602884) 600mg for potassium (1 per day) (100 Tablets will last you for 3 months) = $12.99 (Rexall & DIA Pharmacy)
6. One Swiss Swiss One 50 Multi-Vitamins and Minerals. (2 per day) (72 Tablets will last you for 1 month) = $21.99 (Rexall & DIA Pharmacy)
7. One BD Alcohol Swabs (100 swabs will last you for 8 months) = $2.39 (Rexall & DIA Pharmacy)

Cost for the above 7 items = $99.88 + 13% Tax = $112.87

If you do it at home, you will pay $52.55 + 13% Tax = $59.30 a month. ($0.30 BD Alcohol Swabs + $21.99 swiss one + $4.33 APO-K + $2.15 Ketostix + $3.50 needles + $7.98 B12 + $12.30 B6)

The program and the shots

Each injection will require .35cc of B6 + .35cc of B12 = .70cc mix in same needle Dont mess around and increase the dosage, stick to these measurements and shoot 3 times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and dont cheat; stick to the program.

*** What is cc? cc stands for cubic centimeter.

The B6 30ml vial will give you 75 shots. (3 month supply)
The B12 10m lvial will give you 25 shots. (1 month supply)

Google how to give injections, but since they are subcutaneous, unless you are an idiot, you can do then yourself.
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