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Cookie Diet Sounds Great, But Is It Real?

Cookie Diet Sounds Great, But Is It Real?

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If you're looking for a quick, painless way to lose weight, could anything sound better than something called a cookie diet? Probably not, but what is it?

The cookie diet is centered around cookies, of course, but not the kind you buy in the snack food section of the grocery store. These are special cookies said to have all the nutrients needed to get you through the day with just one meal. Some nutrition experts disagree.

Florida Physician Started Cookie Diet in 1975

Log onto the Internet and you'll find three prominent competing cookie diets.

Dr. Siegal's® Cookie DietTM was started in 1975 by Dr. Sanford Siegal, whose medical practice is in the Miami area. The Cookie DoctorTM claims more than 500,000 satisfied users. His plan calls for six cookies a day plus one low-calorie, low-fat dinner. He'll sell you a cook book for that one meal. Siegal's competitors provide free recipes on their Web sites.

Hollywood Cookie Diet®, proclaims itself Secret of the Stars!TM and claims that its cookie tastes more like the real thing. This plan calls for three or four cookies a day and one meal. The same Web site sells the 24 Hour Miracle Diet® and the 48 Hour Miracle Diet®.

Diet Cookies Invitation to Weight Loss Centers

Smart for Life® was founded by diet doctor Sasson Moulavi, M.D. In addition to selling cookies online, they invite you to sign up for a medical weight loss program at one of 30 locations in ten states. Their site has very little information about the cookies, but plenty about the centers.

A little more Internet research will turn up arguments by nutritionists that cookie diets are not the healthiest way to lose weight. They say the cookies can't match the nutrition of regular, healthful meals. Some also say that, while the cookies are promoted as a quick, short-term weight loss aid, their convenience may induce people to use them long-term, further depriving them of proper nutrition.

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