My Response to Dr. Siegal's The Cookie Diet


Have you heard of this new craze The Cookie Diet? Seriously guys, this is nuts! Let's think about this for a minute. You are replacing a diet of good wholesome nourishing food with six cookies a day and a small dinner. A total of 1,000 calories a day?! Can you say...nuts?!


From his site www.cookiediet.com:

"The Dr. Siegal’s COOKIE DIET® suggested daily caloric intake is 1,000 calories but your doctor may raise or lower the amount based on your medical history. (Always follow your doctor’s instructions). On 1,000 calories a day (or even 1,200), everybody loses weight. Therefore, your success is guaranteed if you follow the plan."

I love how they cover their butts by saying see your doctor...um, what doctor is going to OK 1,000 calories a day?! Let's face it guys, there's no cheat. We gotta eat a variety of good whole high nutrition foods (in proper portions) to nourish our bodies so they are ready for good challenging workouts, and just life in general. Eat better, move more. That's what brings health and weight loss. Not some crazy fad cookie.

A little more babble from www.cookiediet.com:

"Dr. Siegal’s COOKIE DIET® Hunger-Controlling Diet Cookies

Our famous cookies were created by Dr. Siegal in 1975 to control your hunger and help you stick to your diet. Each Weekly Box contains 7 Daily Bags of 6 cookies each and replaces 14 meals at a cost of about $4.28 per replaced meal when used as suggested. Includes a free, one week sample of Dr. Siegal’s COOKIE DIET® brand Premium Multiple Vitamin & Minerals supplement. he Dr. Siegal’s COOKIE DIET® suggested daily caloric intake is 1,000 calories but your doctor may raise or lower the amount based on your medical history. (Always follow your doctor’s instructions). On 1,000 calories a day (or even 1,200), everybody loses weight. Therefore, your success is guaranteed if you follow the plan.
Flavors: Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate, Blueberry, Banana and Coconut.
Price: $59.95 per Weekly Box (about $4.28 per replaced meal)"
OH my, where to start here. First, $4.28 a meal?! I can go to Natural Grocers and get good healthy, wholesome foods like ezekiel pockets, fresh ground almonds and peanuts, flaxseeds, oats, etc and spend less than that per meal. Seriously.
You can still have cookies if that's what you're really craving. Eating well doesn't mean swearing off everything. You can even make cookies healthier. Tweak your recipe. Use whole wheat flour, add in some ground flax, or some spinach or zucchini; I am experimenting with adding a little whey protein and less flour. Point is: you can have a healthy cookie without paying an arm and a leg.
Second, they're trying to sell you a supplement to fill in the nutritional holes you'll be creating by basically living off special cookies! Any bells and whistles going off here? We all know this diet/weight loss industry is full of hype. In my opinion this is a great example of that.
Last, yes everyone would lose weight on that low of calories, but will they keep it off, will they find a happy, healthy way to maintain their weight for life...or will they just get uber hungry and balloon to bigger than they were when they began?! Not to mention that you could screw your metabolism up by going into starvation mode in the process. I seriously wonder if they're losing fat here or precious muscle.
There's just no cheat. You gotta do the work to have long term success. And let me tell you, it's worth it. By far.
What do you guys think of The Cookie Diet??



I am just a blogger, not a doctor or any sort of professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, diet product, or new workout program.