Having been around for more than 40 years at this point, the cookie diet is a popular weight loss diet plan since it lets people lose weight quickly while still letting them enjoy their favorite treats. Relying on replacing your breakfast, lunch and snacks with cookies, is it really that effective? Is it healthy at all?
Here’s what you need to know.
First developed by Dr. Sanford Siegal during the 1975 in order to help his bariatric patients control their hunger and stick to a diet that has fewer calories, the cookie diet is famous among many people, with claims saying it can help you lose as much as 11-17 pounds (5-7 kilograms) in just a month’s time. Much of this weight loss is attributed to the cookies that are known to reduce appetite because they have a secret blend of amino acids, which we all know are the building blocks of protein.
And prior to being available online back in 2007, the diet was originally sold in more than 400 medical practices located in South Florida. Now, however, it’s been used by everyone, from celebrities and athletes to everyday people.
As for the diet itself, it has two phases – weight loss and maintenance. The weight loss phase is where you’re allowed to eat nine Dr. Siegel cookies every day, finished off with a dinner comprising of lean meat, fish or vegetables. Every cookie also has around 52-60 calories, while your dinner should have 500-700 calories. In addition to the cookies, taking a multivitamin supplement is also recommended.
After the weight loss phase, the maintenance phase follows, where you are encouraged to eat light meals, eating snacks of 1-2 cookies between them. During this phase, you are expected to drink lots of water and practice 30-40 minutes of moderate exercise.
So the question is, is it effective?
As of now, results are mixed, although there are more reports of the diet succeeding. It’s also cost-effective and convenient. The problem, however, is that it’s highly restrictive and doesn’t help provide your full nutritional needs on a daily basis.