Food Culture: Dieting - The Cookie Diet

If you were asked to name the foods which we think would help you lose weight, it’s likely you’d come out with all the favourites such as eggs, fruit, vegetables. What if we told you that one doctor from America wants to put cookies on the list.

Dr Siegal has been an American medical doctor since the mid 1970s, who is an expert in treating obesity and researching the link between hunger and the hypothalamus. Through his years of research, he has searched out a way in which trick to the brain to stave off hunger and to gradually lose weight as our hunger is reduced. His answer lies in the cookie jar.

Siegal has created the cookie diet which looks to restrict calorie intake for the majority of the day whilst reducing hunger throughout. The cookies are obviously different to regular cookies you would buy in a shop, these are special cookies which contain protein and amino acids which help stave off hunger pangs. are different to regular cookies you would buy in a shop, these are special cookies which contain protein and amino acids which help stave off hunger pangs.

 

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The rules are that you eat you eat nine small biscuits throughout the day at two-hour intervals, followed by a dinner of around 500-700 calories.

You buy a week’s or month’s supply of cookies (maple pancake, cinnamon oatmeal and chocolate brownie cookie flavour - or a mixture of all three). This costs about £41.50 for a week's supply. Each cookie contains around 60 calories and by the end of the day, you will then have consumed between 1,000 to 1,200 calories - the amount, Dr Siegal says, for sensible weight loss.


Dr Siegal says over 500,000 people have lost weight on the diet. However with all these diets we have spoken about, there are skeptics and doubters especially when people start saying they can lose weight and eat cookies! Some nutritionists believe this diet will lead people into the dreadful habit of snacking on other treats once they finish. Often if grabbing at something to eat 9 times a day, this could well be a chocolate bar not a nutritionist cookie. Dr Siegel has only been in the UK for best part of a year and this diet still truly needs to be examined to understand its possibility of success.