The Doctor’s Diet claims to be a flexible plan to help participants lose weight, restore health, prevent disease and ultimately live longer. The diet is broken up into three plans: Stat, Restore and Maintain. Readers are advised to alternate between Stat and Restore until they achieve their desired weight loss. They then transition to the Maintain plan.
The Stat plan allows only “fat-burning fruits” (apples, berries and grapefruit) twice per day. Meals include one protein and one fruit or “anytime vegetable.” Flextime foods are allowed, which consist of one healthy fat, one whole grain and one “high-density vegetable.” Guidelines for each of these descriptions are provided so participants can build their own menus, or they can follow the included menu.
Restore is similar to Stat but allows more fruit, an additional fat, an additional whole grain, and one added snack with a protein and an "anytime vegetable.” Two alcoholic beverages per week also are allowed. Maintain is similar to Restore, but participants can enjoy additional foods based on their metabolisms and activity levels.
The Doctor’s Diet does promote a variety of whole foods, which is important to an overall healthful eating plan. However, the first two phases don’t provide enough calories to prevent excessive muscle loss. This can lead to long-term issues with weight regain and overall weight management. While the Maintain plan is the most reasonable for weight loss and maintenance, more guidance should be provided based on activity level. The book also makes unsubstantiated claims that the Stat plan will do things such as break one’s addictions to sugar, simple carbohydrates and junk food.