According to the latest news at Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet website at www.cookiedietonline.com/ , new products and diet shakes have been introduced for sale. This has helped increase interest in this diet, one that actually promotes a quick fix approach to weight loss. Although the cookies are supposed to control hunger and were created over 30 years ago, the diet’s popularity is booming right now, similar to the way the Atkins Diet had a wave of popularity many years after its first debut. One look at the Cookie Diet website reveals the huge wave of publicity this diet is getting, especially since the shakes have been introduced.
The Cookie Diet encourages quick fix diets over the slow but steady approach
This belief was stated by Dr Siegal on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. On the show, Dr. Siegal noted that slow weight loss didn’t motivate dieters and came out against diets which promoted slow and steady weight loss. After he spoke about his diet, Keri Gans and Marc Siegal (no relation, I presume, to Dr Siegal of Cookie diet fame) came out and criticized The Cookie Diet. They stated that it was too low in calories, encouraged starvation and didn’t teach dieters how to eat properly for life.
The Cookie Diet uses high protein foods to promote weight loss – comparable to the Atkins Diet
Even now, Dr. Siegal oversees his cookies and diet products. The Cooke Diet is alleged to work because of the combination of certain proteins known as amino acids, ones that are meant to help with hunger control. During a recent appearance on Fox News Happy Hour, Dr. Siegal and his son announced that the new shakes would be available at The Cookie Diet website and at select stores. This seems to have increased interest in the diet. (source: June 13, Fox News Happy Hour).
The basics of the plan – low calories equals quick weight loss.
The premise is simple. Eat six cookies a day and have a balanced meal at dinner. Total calorie counts for the diet are about 800 calories a day. Before releasing this to consumers, about 500,000 people have reportedly lost weight on the diet and now Dr. Siegal is spreading information about his diet to the rest of the country. Not surprisingly, those who want to lose weight at the speed of light are eager to try the plan. Dr. Siegal noted on the Morning Show that it would be difficult not to lose weight on 800 calories a day (after that, another Dr. Siegal, presumably not related, and Kerri Gans came on as experts who criticized the diet.
While the Atkins Diet didn’t always put a limit on calories, it was a high protein diet. The Cookie Diet seems to have high protein as its basis as well.
The Cookie Diet’s new shakes are meant to replace part or all of the cookies for dieters who opt to them the shakes
Dieters can buy a box of shakes that contain 21 shake mix pouches. Each shake retails for about $2.65. Flavors include the typical chocolate, vanilla and strawberry of many other weight loss shakes but also include other flavors such as pina colada and creme brulee. Dieters who would rather have a cool shake in the summer intsead of a cookie can opt for the shake instead – as long as they follow Dr. Siegal’s instructions and diet plan for doing so.
As the Atkins diet gained in popularity, new foods were introduced for that diet as well, including special snack bars and other products. Tweaking the Cookie Diet by adding shakes is similar to the kind of new products once added to The Atkins Diet.
The science behind the diet
Since the recipe is controlled by Dr. Siegal, the actual ingredients are a secret. So whatever science is there is yet to be disclosed, discussed and proved. Dr. Siegal has his accounts of patients who have lost weight but there are plenty of critics out there who believe the diet doesn’t help promote lifetime eating habits. At least two of them appeared on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.
Is the Cookie Diet the hot diet of 2008 – not just this summer but for the rest of the year – and maybe beyond? Could it be as hot – or hotter- than the Atkins Diet?
Time, of course, will tell. In the meantime, Dr. Siegal’s release of new shakes is the latest development in The Cookie Diet. A scrolling announcement on his website indicates they are now available, although earlier press releases indicated sales of the shakes were being temporarily limited due to unexpectedly high consumer demand. By the end of summer, there will be either be a lot of happy dieters out there, many pounds lighter, or this will be one of many diets which help people lose weight quickly but don’t help them keep the weight off. Again, only time will tell.
Fox News Happy Hour, June 13 www.foxbusiness.com/video/index.html
Pr Web Press Release Newswire : http://www.prweb.com/releases/cookiediet/weight-loss-cookies/prweb1026364.htm
Cookie Diet online website: www.cookiedietonline.com/
The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet: www.mandjshow.com/videos/%E2%80%9Cmj-investigates%E2%80%9D-the-cookie-diet/