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The doctor's quick inches-off diet, Hardcover – 1969


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About the Author

Irwin Maxwell Stillman (1896-1975) was a family doctor in Brooklyn for 45 years before retiring to Florida in 1960. In the course of treating some 10,000 overweight patients, he found the most expeditious means of losing weight to be a high-protein diet based on Dr. Eugene Dubois's concept of specific dynamic action, or "the cost of digestion." In other words, it takes an extra effort--up to 30% of the calories consumed--to break down protein. By increasing the amount of protein consumed up to 90% of the diet, the "fires of metabolism" are raised and fat is "melted out" of bodily storage centers at a rapid rate. Stillman, who himself lost 50 lb. on his high-protein prescription, wrote The Doctor's Quick Weight Loss Diet (1967) in collaboration with author Samm Sinclair Baker, another successful dieter. Their book also contains descriptions of a number of gimmick diets, including a 350-calorie "pilot's diet" and a 40-calorie lettuce and tomato diet. Samm Sinclair Baker (born in Paterson, New Jersey, July 29, 1909 – March 5, 1997) was the author/coauthor of many how-to and self-help books, most notably The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet which he coauthored with Dr. Herman Tarnower. The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet followed the bestselling successes The Doctor's Quick Weight Loss Diet (with Dr. Irwin Maxwell Stillman) and The Doctor's Quick Inches-Off Diet (also with Dr. Stillman). He was one of the original founders of Stern's Nurseries, developers of Miracle-Gro, and authored several books on gardening. Baker died in Port Chester, New York in 1997. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132168952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132168953
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2003
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The Inches-Off Diet Book is the best diet book I have ever read, or used. I first used it in 1969 and recently reread it to use again. I have tried many, many diets and have lost weight on all of them, but this is by far the easiest to implement. ... In this book, Dr. Stillman doesn't list just one diet. He lists about 40 diets, each perfectly valid in its own right. Use one diet religiously, or mix and match. Stay on one for a day or a week, switch to another if you feel like it for the next, or just stick to one diet. Dr. Stillman allows this and the promised 3-lb weight loss predictably occurs. He creates diets around people's likes and dislikes. He has diets for meat-eaters, diets for alcoholic beverage drinkers, diets for vegetarians, diets for bread eaters, diets for people who don't like to count, diets for people who want to eat one thing. I could go on and on, quite readable and easy to follow. ...
AND IT'S ALL IN ONE BOOK! GET THIS ONE BOOK (this review is for this book only and not for Dr. Stillman's other books).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda C. Tomchin on February 23, 2008
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I first read this book in the late 60s. I became a vegetarian and this was the only book that addressed a diet for vegetarians. I lost weight then and kept it off for many years. I had weight issues on and off all my life, due to emotional stress, and tried many diet and exercise programs. As I got older, losing weight became harder and harder. Then I remembered this book. I couldn't remember the exact title but knew it had to do with inches off. Finally I found the book from a bookseller on Amazon's used book list. When I received the book, I was so happy to see it again after all these years. I used the book and lost 35 pounds without even thinking I was on a diet. Dr. Stillman's approach is simple because you don't have to think so much of what to choose. In my case, I just followed the inches off diet, ate all the vegetables I wanted, including bread, and even wine without ever feeling deprived because these are the kinds of foods I enjoy. However, if you are a meat eater, there is always the quick weight loss diet in which you can eat meat all day long I suppose. I can only say that this is the only diet that was easy for me to do without having to count calories. If you like vegetables and carbs, this diet can work for you.
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By sharonswd on December 16, 2013
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Never had much success actually losing weight on this diet. It was good as a change from the zero carb diet.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ALBERT EINSTEIN on June 20, 2013
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ANYONE WHO REALLY WANTS TO GET THOSE POUNDS OFF CAN BE TOTALLY ASSURED THAT THE DIETS IN HERE WILL DO THE TRICK. NO FANCY FOODS JUST ORDINARY FOOD HANDLED CORRECTLY WILL MAKE YOU REALLY THRILLED.
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