the cookie diet reviewDo you like the idea of eating cookies instead of meals to lose weight? If so, the Cookie Diet may be something that has caught your interest. The theory behind this style of diet is that by eating a specific type of cookie(s) for breakfast, lunch and snacks, and one regular meal for dinner per day, you’ll melt your fat away.

Although there is more than one Cookie Diet out there, such as The Hollywood Cookie Diet and The Smart for Life Cookie Diet, the one on which this review will be placing its focus is Dr. Siegals Cookie Diet. Siegals diet, created in 1975, is often considered by many to be the original Cookie Diet.

Dr. Sanford Siegal is a renowned physician, weight loss expert and author. His Cookie Diet is a three-step plan that the diet’s official website claims is “a safe, fast, and affordable approach to weight loss and weight maintenance that hundreds of doctors throughout North America have used to help their patients lose weight.” It also states that this diet has helped “more than half a million people lose weight since 1975”.

Essentially, those who follow this weight loss plan are to stick to a diet that is between 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day. 500 of these calories come from Dr. Siegel’s Cookie Diet hunger control snacks and between 500-700 from a “generous meal”.

The snacks are kosher and vegetarian cookies made specifically for the diet that you will need to purchase. You are to eat 1 to 2 cookies every 2 hours for a total of 9 per day. The main meal is one that should be high in lean protein (ex. chicken, fish, lamb, etc.) and a good portion of vegetables. Carbohydrates and excess sugar should be avoided. The claim is that by following this diet, you will lose between 10 – 14 pounds in one month.

The good news is that you will more than likely lose weight following this diet plan since you will be ingesting so few calories. The bad news is that the biggest complaint about this diet from those who follow it has been that they constantly felt hungry. The main reason for this is the simple fact that ingesting between 1,000 – 1,200 calories per day is too little and completely impractical as a lifestyle.

So, yes, you will likely lose weight following the Cookie Diet, but you are unlikely to maintain this weight loss unless you are able to tolerate eating so few calories all the time. As soon as you stop this diet, you’re likely to gain back the weight you lost and more because your metabolism will be out of balance and you’ll be eating more calories than before.

While you are far more likely to have better long-term weight loss success by following a more practical calorie-conscious diet, if you think that Dr. Siegel’s or any Cookie Diet is worth trying, make sure to speak with your healthcare provider first to make certain this is a safe and realistic option for you.