Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet Stops Hunger In Its Tracks

Jenny Decker RN's picture

It is a story all too common. The doctor states that you need to lose weight, not something new to you. Frustration sets in once again. You have tried everything and each time you are sabotaged by the simple reality that you get hungry. Then you snack and the diet is wrecked. You are not sure you just heard the next statement from your doctor, though. Did he say ‘cookie diet’? Yes, Dr. Siegal's is not a new diet, it is one that is meant to satisfy those times when hunger brings a diet to a halt. The doctor did in fact say that the cookie diet may be for you. The cookie diet stops hunger right in its tracks.

The famed cookie diet was developed back in 1975 by Dr. Sanford Siegal. He started it as a way to help his own patients where he practiced in Miami, Florida. He felt that the biggest problem with weight loss and other diets was not necessarily the diet itself, but the fact that hunger set in. He had to find a way to help his patients curb their hunger and stick to their diets.

It was from this that the cookie diet was born. Dr. Siegal made a special recipe which contained an amino acid blend that held patients over to their next meal. The amino acid blend is his “secret recipe” and he makes it with his own hands to this day. He also uses weight loss shakes and green tea. The point of the diet is not to replace a current diet recommended by your doctor, but as a supplement to that diet.


Some are quick to criticize. Dr. Louis Aronne, director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City points out that there is no evidence to show that the diet in fact gives any health benefit. He feels it is missing good nutrition. As stated above, Dr. Siegal’s purpose with the cookie diet is to supplement other diets. He also recommends that dieters take a multivitamin to ensure that they are getting the right nutrition they need.

Dr. Siegal states that the cookie diet is not meant to be a long term diet, either. In fact, weight loss requires a change in lifestyle. However, the cookie diet may just assist the person to learn that lifestyle change necessary for weight loss and a healthy life overall. If hunger is one of the problems associated with quitting a diet, then the cookie diet may just be the answer to helping a person stay on a diet.

For 35 years, Dr. Siegal’s weight loss system and hunger controlling cookies have assisted over 500,000 people lose weight by allowing them to stick to their diets because their hunger was controlled. It prevents the need to eat high calorie snacks, and Sr. Siegal also recommends the cookies and shakes as an “excellent snack food.” The diet has helped many people to lose about 10 pounds a month. When losing weight, 1 to 2 pounds a week is the most healthy amount to lose, so 10 pounds a month is in that range.

Sources: ABC news


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I have met people who have been on the cookie diet at smartforlife.com. They seem to really like it and it has worked for them. I don't know if that helps anyone. I have tasted both cookie diet stuff from smartforlife.com and Dr. Seigals. Smartforlife.com is better.