Let’s hear it for the cookie diet!


Don’t bother me, I’m having lunch.

Did I hear that right? As I clicked on the television this morning to get the news, Harry Smith was talking about the Cookie Diet. Now this was news I could get my teeth into!

What a concept! I sat down and took notes.

Apparently some doctor came up with the cookie diet in 1975. I can’t believe it’s 2008 and I’m just now hearing about it. Cookies are my favorite food group. I like to peel back the wrapper on those tubes of refrigerator cookies and eat them raw – like a banana. Now, I don’t do that often, but if I’m having a really bad hair day and its raining, that’s a sure fire attitude booster.

Well, today it’s raining and I think I’ll do the cookie diet. Here’s the program in a nutshell. You eat two cookies for breakfast and two for lunch. Then you are allowed to consume a 900 calorie dinner! What! How can that be? This doctor markets his own cookies which I understand taste like cheap shampoo they use at discount hair salons. I’ll opt for Chips Ahoy!

I did the math and found that two Chips Ahoy! have about 180 calories, so four would equal 360 calories. Add the whopping 900 for dinner and I’m well within my 1250 calorie range Weight Watchers touts as the magic number to lose weight. Hey, I’m liking this program.

The diet claims you can lose five pounds in one week. Of course you might also lose your teeth and hair. I’ll just try it for a few days and see what happens.

5 thoughts on “Let’s hear it for the cookie diet!

  1. Emily….I’m with you on this one. I could eat cookies for any meal. Please let me know if it works!

  2. Indeed, Emily, some doctor DID come up with the cookie diet concept many years ago. In the early 1970’s, I was writing a book about natural food substances that control hunger without drugs. As I was writing my book, I decided to put my ideas to the test by developing a food that offered unusually strong hunger control per calorie. I created a particular mixture of amino acids drawn from several protein sources and baked them into a cookie. In the 33 years since I created Dr. Siegal’s COOKIE DIET, more than 500,000 of my own patients and those of about 200 other physicians I’ve supplied have lost an average of 12 to 15 lbs. a month, safely and without unreasonable hunger. I’m 79 now, and I still personally mix every batch of my hunger-suppressing protein blend with my own hands in my bakery which is near my Miami medical clinic.

    Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D.
    Miami, Florida

  3. Hi Dr. Siegal – thanks for responding to my feeble attempt at humor. I would love to find the cookies – Why don’t you tell us how to order them. I’m sure they will be healthier than Chips Ahoy! Great press you got on the Early Show yesterday.

    Best wishes!

  4. That’s what I call a homemade “Chips Ahoy!” It’s a combination oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie all rolled into one. My aunt Mary Eleanor and I invented it one rainy day. It’s healthy, see? It’s got your oats, your chunky peanut butter (good fat) and semi-sweet chocolates which are considered the new health food. Unfortunately, you can’t eat just two.

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