Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet sounds too good to be true. Is it?
The Cookie Diet, created by Dr. Siegal and supposedly tried by Kelly Clarkson, Denise Richards and Jennifer Hudson advises devotee’s to drink large amounts of water and consume 6 specially developed 90 calorie cookies as well as a 500 calorie dinner of lean meat and vegetables. Many claim it has worked wonders for them, but is this just another diet promising more than it can deliver.
The short answer, yes. This diet is criminally low in fresh produce and nutrients which will leave you feeling run-down and tired fast. Follow it long-term and you put yourself at risk of developing health conditions due to the lack of varied nutrition.
Sticking to this diet might seem easy. After all you get to eat cookies. That will never get old right? Wrong. Remember these are diet cookies, not all that yummy after all. Even if they weren’t just a few days of eating the same thing again and again can put you off it for a long time. This is a diet that’s impossible to stick to long-term. It just doesn’t offer enough variation.
Another problem is that you eat your largest meal at night, when you have no chance to burn off these calories. Granted with only 1000 a day there’s not much to burn off, but the fact that all your energy will come before you go to sleep shows this diet has not been created intelligently.
The biggest flaw with this program is that it doesn’t address the reasons why people over-eat. A diet isn’t going to fix the underlying issues that caused the weight gain in the first place, and eventually these issues will come back up.
The only way to lose weight healthily is lifestyle change. Address the triggers that make you over-eat. Swap junk food for fresh fruit and vegetables and start exercising. No gimmicks, just hard work. It may not work as fast as The Cookie Diet but the weight will stay off.