Is It Possible To Lose Weight on The Cookie Diet?

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Is it possible to eat cookies and lose weight?  Well, Dr. Sanford Siegal would certainly like you to think so.  After all, at $56 for a week's supply, Dr. Siegal is going to make an estimated $18 million this year selling his weight-loss cookies.   It's called The Cookie Diet, and if you like cookies it may sound like a great way to lose weight.  But is it?

Usually, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.  And apparently the first deception about this diet is calling it a cookie.  The word "cookie" implies that it's a yummy treat, but it seems everyone agrees they don't taste very good.  Also, the meal-plan for the cookie diet restricts the dieter to only one meal a day, and less than 1000 calories.  Anytime you restrict calories that low, weight-loss is inevitable (with or without the cookie).

A friend of mine tried these cookies because someone she worked with seemed to have lost quite a bit of weight using them.  But she told me the cookies were very dry and not tasty at all.  She also said she would never buy them again, because they didn't work.  When I asked her about the co-worker that had lost so much weight using the cookies, she mentioned that she saw the guy recently, and he had gained all the weight back.

Here is more about The Cookie Diet...

From The New York Times - A Few Cookies a Day to Keep The Pounds Away...

Ms. Kane is one of an estimated 500,000 people who have lost weight on Dr. Sanford Siegal’s diet — at least according to Dr. Siegal. The gist of it is simple: Eat cookies and lose up to 10 pounds a month.

But not everyone is on-board with the cookie diet...

Critics of cookie diets are not convinced. Weight-loss plans that center around a diet of below 1,000 calories do not, they say, lead to long-lasting weight loss and can result in potassium deficiency, gallstones, heart palpitations, weakened kidney function and dizziness. The cookie diet particularly concerns eating disorder activists, who have long criticized fad diets, such as the grapefruit diet, Master Cleanse and Optifast shakes. “Generally speaking, fad diets misinform the public and fuel a fire of continued curiosity with this dieting mentality, which we know gets us nowhere,” said Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, medical director of Laureate Eating Disorders Program in Tulsa, Okla.

From That's Fit - The Cookie Diet:  Does It Work?

What is so special about these cookies? They're certainly not your chocolate chip variety. Instead, they are a lumpy looking batch whose secret is in the batter. Ingredients include an amino-acid mixture that blends various protein substances which are thought to control hunger -- and hunger is the number one factor that wrecks a diet, according to Siegal.

Critics claim the Cookie Diet is half-baked though. In addition to being very low in calories, the diet may not contribute to long-term weight loss because users aren't learning healthy eating habits. There is also fear that dieters are missing out on proper nutrition by not eating enough "real" food during the day.

Toback:  Cookie Diet and lose-weight quick methods not so sweet...

Though the Cookie Diet sounds tempting, the faux cookies become sickening after awhile, and the thought of having six a day becomes repulsive, or at least it did to me. Short-term diets like this are often not a good idea because although you quickly lose weight, it is easier to gain it back if you stop dieting.

"These diets may work for a short period and result in weight loss, but the problem, aside from no dietary variety, is that people cannot maintain this kind of eating pattern for long," Brann said. "It's not realistic. When people start eating regular food again, then they tend to overeat and gain back the weight plus more."

Eating Disorders Blogs - Beware of The Cooking Diet...

I have in jest called my Food Plan “the dessert diet” because I recommend that my patients eat dessert with lunch and dinner whether they are anorexic, bulimic, or binge eaters. Desserts, or fun food, as I like to call them, are foods eaten just for pleasure at the end of a meal to truly end the meal, not leave the door open for snacking or bingeing later on in the evening. The desserts I refer to need to taste good and sate the appetite, which generally means they have to contain fat and sugar in some satisfying combination.

What I recommend to my patients is a far cry from the Cookie Diet. Dr. Siegel’s diet is dangerously low in total calories, which means that eventually the dieter is going to snap and fall off the wagon. His diet also creates a dependence on his "cookies.” A week’s worth of these snacks costs $56, and enough people are doing the diet for Dr. Siegel’s company to project earnings of $18 million this year.

From Kelly Logan - The Cookie Diet:  Does it Work?

The cookie diet seems to me like yet another diet that causes rapid weight loss simply because it is extremely low in calories. But we already explained that a quick weight loss is not such a good idea.

In addition, if you follow this diet long-term, and some people do, you might suffer nutritional deficiencies.

I also object to the idea behind this diet because I think people who want to lose weight need to learn to eat regular foods in moderation rather than relying on special diet foods. While I can see the appeal for people who "hate veggies," I think that in the long term, it's extremely important for people to develop their palates and learn to enjoy the taste and texture of healthy foods.

Fad diets are never a good idea.  The best way to lose weight (and keep it off), is to stop eating junk and start eating healthy foods.  Let me know what you think about The Cookie Diet in comments.  Would you try it?  Have you tried it? 

Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
at and Women4Hope


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