Is the Cookie Diet a Healthy Way to Lose Weight?

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By Tess Thompson

The cookie diet was created by Dr. Sanford Siegal in 1975. He created, developed and published this diet after using his family, friends and himself to test the weight loss products that were best suited to be appetite suppressants. He zeroed in on a formula that contains amino acids, which according to him, are a perfect weight loss supplement. The Cookie Diet revolves around this product, which is shaped as a cookie. He later came up with soups and shakes that contain this formula to complement the Cookie Diet.

The recipe of the carefully fashioned cookie is the key to the Cookie Diet. It is claimed that the cookies suppress hunger. Dr. Siegal also claims that his cookies work the best when blood sugar levels are kept low. He states that even small amounts of carbohydrates work against hunger suppression. As hunger suppression is the main tool to help patients lose weight, it necessitated that no carbohydrates be consumed during the day.

The Cookie Diet involves only one meal - dinner, which is comprised of 6 ounces of chicken, turkey, fish or sea food, accompanied by a cup of vegetables. All through the day, you are allowed exactly six cookies, which are available to patients at Dr. Siegal’s five clinics in Florida and one in Montreal. The doctor runs his own bakery to make his cookies and to sell online. These cookies are also available with select physicians.

The Cookie Diet is a controversial diet. The majority of the criticism about this diet hovers around the insufficiency of calories recommended and the extremely low carbohydrate intake.

Six cookies and one cup of vegetables can provide a maximum of 70 grams of carbohydrates. This is below the recommended minimum intake of 100 to 125 grams in a day, which is necessary for a healthy body.

The cookies provide 540 calories in all, 300 of which come from the dinner. The weight loss that has been reported after adopting the Cookie Diet is mainly due to deprivation. Anyone consuming 800 calories is bound to lose weight, but at the price of one’s health! The diet lacks fruits and vegetables completely. Although Dr. Siegal claims that the cookies are fortified with vitamins, they still lack Vitamin D4 and calcium in the recommended quantities.

Dr. Siegal admits that the Cookie Diet is not something that patients would stay on permanently. Once normal diet is resumed, it is most likely that the lost weight is regained. The diet appears to be more of a gimmick to sell cookies to the gullible public rather than a healthy weight loss plan.


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