There is this old saying: “If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!” Yes, you’ve heard it before, but when it comes to weight loss fads it needs to be repeated.
Enter the “Cookie Diet.” America loses it’s mind: COOKIES? YES PLEASE! Really, who doesn’t like a good cookie?
The most popular cookie diets are the Hollywood Cookie Diet, Smart for Life diet, and Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet. Sanford Siegal, MD, a Miami obesity physician who developed a cookie formula in 1975 to help his patients lose weight, is considered the originator of the cookie diet concept.
Some of the cookie diets are designed for people to follow on their own with some online guidance; others are done under medical supervision.
The Cookie Diet: How it Works
On the Cookie Diet, there are no decisions about what to eat except which flavor cookie you want, and what to have for dinner. It’s a relatively mindless diet strategy if you can stand the monotony. Eating 4-6 of the cookies a day will give you somewhere around 500 calories.
Dinners are simple: lean protein and veggies, or a light frozen dinner and salad. The dinners range from 300-1,000 calories each, meaning the diet has a grand total of 800-1,500 calories per day.
Anyone following an 800 calories-per-day plan is sure to lose weight. So what’s the problem?
The Cookie Diet: How It Doesn’t Work
This regimen will starve your body. Sure, you are eating cookies throughout the day, but the first couple ingredients are commonly sugar and flour. Empty calories that will leave you deficient in nutrients. Most of the very low-calorie cookie diet plans recommend a daily multivitamin to fill in the nutritional gaps, but supplements can hardly take the place of real food when it comes to vital nutrients.
Especially with an absence of vital nutrients, the combination of sugar and flour for most, if not all of your meals in a day is a recipe for disaster for your metabolism. Eating these empty carbohydrates tells your body to store fat rather than burn it. And, because the protein content is so low, your body will start breaking down valuable muscle to provide for the needs of the rest of your system. Important things like your skin, organs, and blood cells.
Have you ever had a root canal or dental work and been told to eat ice-cream for a week? If so, you know that the excitement of a hall-pass to eat junk food wears off pretty quickly. By day two, you find yourself staring longingly in your fridge for ANYTHING remotely healthy. Same goes with the cookies. To make matters worse, the cookie magic might wear off faster than ice cream, because the truth is the cookies don’t taste very good anyways.
In conclusion: The Cookie Diet is not a realistic, healthy, long term, sustainable program to lose weight.
If you really do want to lose weight, a program that teaches you how to eat real foods like Personal Trainer Food is a much better choice. Once you learn healthy eating habits using real, nutritious foods, you have the skills to move forward and enjoy realistic and long-term weight loss.