Cookie Diet - Is This Healthy?

January 22, 2009

It's a hot diet -- the Cookie Diet. A doctor claims you can lose weight by not exercising and eating his special cookies.

It's sounds like a dream, but dieticians, like Stacy Romano with the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, say we need to wake up and see this is not healthy.

"In my opinion this is not a healthy diet."

The diet was introduced by Dr. Sanford Siegal of Siegal Medical Group in Miami. He says these carefully crafted cookies suppress your hunger throughout the day. You only eat one meal consisting of 6 oz. of lean meat (red meat is discouraged because of the high fat content) and one cup of steamed vegetables. You just have to make sure you eat 6 of these cookies.

But is this too few calories? Romano says yes.

"It's about 800 calories and about 70 grams of carbohydrates which makes this an extremely calories and low carbohydrate diet."

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Dangerous? Unhealthy? Romano says with this diet you are losing more than just weight.

"You will lose weight on this type of diet, however what you are doing in the long run is lowering your metabolism, so when you do start eating again you are going to put the weight back on plus some."

Contrary to Dr. Siegal's statements, Romano says it's dangerous to lose weight that fast.

"It is never healthy to lose weight that quickly. What we have to remember is that we did not put weight on overnight and it's not going to come off overnight."

For one week supply of cookies, it will run you $59. But on Dr. Siegal's website, he urges you to purchase nutrition supplements as well, for $10 a bottle.

"Nothing can replace food. There are things called vita-chemicals that are in food that are non-nutrient substances that gives us lots of health properties so we really need that food and not just a supplement."

Romano suggests instead of this fad diet, we take a look at what we eat and do day to day.

"You are not going to go on a cookie diet for the rest of your life so you to actually make a lifestyle change and one that's realistic."

If you are wanting to lose weight, here are a few tips romano suggests:

- Eat 5 to 6 small meals a day instead of larger meals

- this increases your metabolism and steers off hunger

- Also, cut out sodas, fast food, and sweets

- And incorporate exercise into your weight loss program

"Exercise is always a part of weight loss and healthy living."

The cookie diet may be the quick fix you are looking for today, but not the lifestyle you want for tomorrow.

"It will fix the problem right at that moment, but the weight is going to come right back."

If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

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