The Cookie Diet
The Cookie Diet: How it Works continued...
Kaiser Permanente physician Evan Bass has been following the Smart for Life
cookie diet for more than a year, and has lost (and kept off) 45 pounds.
"The first two weeks were the hardest," he says. "I was tired
with no energy for exercise but once I got used to it, I felt great and could
be more physically active while eating cookies daily for breakfast and
He says he loves the chocolate chip cookies, especially when they're warmed
in the microwave, and has not grown tired of eating 6-8 cookies a day.
As a result of being on the diet and checking in regularly at the Smart for
Life clinic, Bass says he has seen his health improve, along with his food
choices and his commitment to being physically active.
"To maintain my weight loss, I still eat cookies during the week and
allow some indulgences on the weekend," he says. "But I keep a close
watch on my weight and when it goes up 5 pounds, that is my signal to be more
vigilant about what I eat and my activity."
The Cookie Diet: What You Can Eat
The cookies that replace breakfast, lunch, and snacks range from 90-150
calories each. They come in a variety of flavors, including chocolate, banana,
blueberry, oatmeal, and coconut. The cookies are convenient, portable, and
don't need refrigeration.
On Siegal’s medically supervised cookie diet, you have one meal for dinner,
consisting of 4-6 ounces of lean protein with steamed veggies or raw veggies.
The meal contributes about 300 calories. Eight daily glasses of no-calorie
coffee, tea, water, or other beverages are allowed, but no alcohol, sweets,
fruits, dairy, or other foods are recommended.
Dieters using the online cookie diet plans without medical supervision are
directed to eat about 500 calories worth of cookies each day, plus a dinner
made up of "sensible foods." This approach controls daytime calories,
but dinner could be a calorie disaster unless it is chosen wisely.
The Cookie Diet: What the Experts Say
American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Dee Sandquist, MS, RD, says the
Cookie Diet is another version of the meal replacement plan, known to be an
effective option for some.
"For lots of people, decisions about meals are tough, whether at home or
eating out, and when you can drink a shake [or, eat a cookie or a bar instead
of a meal, it simplifies it and helps some dieters stay in control," she
She emphasizes the importance of making wise food choices when following the
Cookie Diet, and recommends that dieters include lean protein, fruits,
vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and low-fat dairy in the dinner meal,
even it if ends up being more than 300 calories.