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VIDEO: The Cookie Diet

By Amber Ortega on December 14th, 2009

The Cookie Diet sounds too good to be true, right? A diet that includes cookies or is solely based on eating cookies?  Dr. Siegal seems to believe it’s possible. Diet, as in lose weight, by eating cookies. He has a plan that includes cookies and shakes that he states has helped over 500,000 people lose weight. But how does it work? These aren’t the sugar cookies and Oreos you might be thinking of.  You are supposed to eat a specially developed cookie with water whenever you are hungry then eat a 500 calorie dinner of lean meats and vegetables.

Is it too good to be true?  Who knows.  The cookies are supposed to be full of vitamins and minerals, although many physicians feel that prolonged use of the Cookie Diet could cause more problems because their diet will not be balanced with everything they need.  Nutritionists do agree that if you burn more calories than you intake, you will lose weight.  Is it safe though?  In the long term, probably not.  Your body needs a variety of foods to stay healthy.

There are a variety of Cookie Diet brands available, each a little different in their ingredients.  They range from 90 calories per cookie to 150 calories per cookie.  The prices vary a little as well, with Dr. Siegal’s cookies costing $59 a week and the Hollywood Cookie Diet costing $20 for three days.  Would I try a cookie diet?  No way.  Cookies are wonderful, but I would never believe it is safe or healthy to live on nothing but cookies and a small dinner each evening.

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