The Cookie Diet
The Cookie Diet: What the Experts Say continued...
She also suggests checking the nutrition facts panel to see how many grams
of fiber, carbs, protein, and other nutrients are in each cookie, as these
numbers vary from plan to plan.
As for the very low-calorie monitored Cookie Diet plans, critics say 800
calories is below the recommended level for safe and effective weight loss.
They say the 800-calorie cookie diet is lacking in fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, dairy, and fiber, all of which should be a part of any healthy weight
Sandquist suggests consulting a registered dietitian before you embark on
any weight loss plan, especially one that calls for eating less than 1,200
calories a day.
But Siegal says his clinical experience over the last 30 years has shown
that fast weight loss is safe under a doctor's care, and that any nutrients
lacking in the plan are made up for by the daily multivitamin.
"We monitor our patients weekly for any complications and they do
fine," he says." My patients are delighted to lose 2-3 pounds a week,
which motivates them to stick to the plan."
Another weakness in the Cookie Diet, experts say, is the lack of an exercise
plan. Experts recommend that physical activity be a regular part of everyone’s
"Physical activity is essential to build and maintain lean muscle, and
is an integral part of an overall healthy lifestyle that needs to be part of
the Cookie Diet or any other weight loss plan," Sandquist says.
The Cookie Diet: Food for Thought
For people on the go or those who have trouble controlling what they eat,
meal replacement cookies can be an excellent way to control calories and lose
Although the idea of a cookie for a meal sounds like a childhood dream, the
truth is that it could get monotonous eating cookies every day. And without
regular physical activity and guidance to help you make long-term lifestyle
changes, lost weight may creep back.
While you'll most likely lose quickly weight on an 800-calorie-a-day plan,
the cookie diets lack a transitional plan to help dieters get back to eating
more normally and to maintain the lost weight.
Dietitians recommend that, once you reach your goal weight, you should
increase your intake of healthy foods -- especially fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, beans, nuts, and low fat-dairy -- for at least two meals a day, and
rely on meal replacements for one meal a day.