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10-19-2009, 01:47 PM
Today is the day. I have officially started the Cookie Diet. I'm interested in hearing from those of you that have tried it, too. Success or not, it would be good to have some feedback. I'll post my progress as I am starting at 216.5 and have a mini goal weight of 199 by 11/19.

Wish me luck.

10-19-2009, 01:47 PM
A cookie diet?? That sounds to good to be true ...

Good luck! :)

10-19-2009, 02:19 PM
They aren't really cookies. More like protein and fiber bars. But, they do taste pretty good and are shaped like cookies, so why not.

10-19-2009, 03:15 PM
Sounds like every other meal replacement diet. It'll work if you stick to it, just like every other meal replacement diet.

10-19-2009, 03:31 PM
Mmmmm Cookies.......


10-19-2009, 04:34 PM
Well, they don't taste like a good cookie, but they aren't bad. The good thing is that I have really increased my water intake. I'm going to have to setup my office in the ladies. LOL!

10-21-2009, 02:11 PM
Just out of curiosity, I checked my weight this morning to see how the diet is going. Down 1.5 Lbs so far. Probably water weight as I am drinking about 96 oz a day, but it's a good start. Have had a headache for the last couple of days, but that's probably because I haven't had any caffeine. I usually drink iced tea all day long. Other than that, feeling really good. Not hungry at all and am starting to lose my cravings. Now, I just need to get out of my head. I just obsess too much about food in general.

I'll weigh again at the end of the week to see where I finish.

10-21-2009, 07:46 PM
Be careful Sasafrass, 16 pounds is a lot of weight to lose in 1 month. You can expect a decent size loss your first week (as you said, water weight), but past that you should only be looking for 1-2 pounds loss a week. More than that and people tend to gain it back.

Regardless, stay healthy and good luck!

10-21-2009, 09:03 PM
I'm really curious how this cookie diet goes for you, because I just ordered my first 1-week supply today. I have a 15 Lb. goal by mid December.

10-21-2009, 09:07 PM
Uhh all you eat are those cookies or what? :|

10-22-2009, 12:25 PM
I'm waiting for my 3 week supply of Dr. Siegal's cookie diet...i'll blog in my progress once i start it. i'll keep reading Sasafras's progress meanwhile...

10-22-2009, 12:35 PM
I'll keep posting my results. Won't weigh again until Monday morning to see how I've done for the week.

The cookies aren't really cookies. They're meal replacement protein and fiber bars. You eat 1 cookie whenever you feel hungry with 8 ozs of water. You can eat up to 6 cookies per day (540 calories). In addition to that you have a sensible dinner of lean protein and green vegetable (no less than 300 calories, no more than 700). The goal is to keep your calorie intake at about 1000-1200 calories per day (or what your DR. advises). I also take a multivitamin along with 1000 mcg of B12 and 2000 I.U. of D (I have hypothyroidism and am on Synthroid which depleats B and D vitamins).

So far, I'm doing good. I've increased my water intake substantially and haven't felt hungry at all. I'm eating about 4-5 cookies a day plus my meal in the evening. I'd say I'm coming in around 1100 calories per day or slightly less.

I know it's a fast weight loss, but I need it to feel motivated and to help me start moving. It's also a way to retrain myself and my stomach to need/want less.

I'll keep it safe and if I start feeling weird, will stop. I know my body. :cool:

Lori Bell
10-22-2009, 02:15 PM
Be careful Sasafrass, 16 pounds is a lot of weight to lose in 1 month. You can expect a decent size loss your first week (as you said, water weight), but past that you should only be looking for 1-2 pounds loss a week. More than that and people tend to gain it back.

Regardless, stay healthy and good luck!

I would humbly like to add my opinion on this popular diet MYTH. Any "diet" you abandon will result in regaining of weight. Just because you lose it slowly doesn't make it magically stay off never to be seen again. I've lost weight so slow it would make a turtle feel like a jack rabbit, and I have lost weight fast. I have lost weight sensibly and not so sensibly, I have lost weight in more ways than Hines has pickles, and each and every time...regardless of how fast or how slow...I gained it all back plus more quickly the minute I said screw it.

My sister started a weight loss program after I had been going at it for several months. She started out with about 90 pounds to lose. It took her 9 months to lose 50 pounds...slow in most standards. She got sick of it and gave up, and has gained 20 pounds back (so far) in 6 weeks.

The rate you lose it has no bearings on whether you gain it back or not...your level of commitment has every thing to do with it....

Anyway to the OP. Good luck. I saw a segment on TV the other day about the cookie diet, and of course there was a naysayer so called professional also interviewed. He kept saying that how the long term results will be just awful for these people and that they will never keep the weight off...ironically the long term results for ANY weight loss plan and keeping the weight off is extremely low. Something like 3-5 %. So if only a few % of the cookie diet people keep the weight off, it will as much of a success as any other diet plan.

10-22-2009, 03:01 PM
Thank you, Lori Bell. I needed that boost of encouragement. I know that weight lose is more mental than physical (at least for me). It's about changing my attitude about food and learning how not to "eat" my feelings. This diet is helping me with the physical, the mental is being worked out in therapy. I think the 2 can be a successful combination. Like you said, this is ultimately about commitment. As of today, I am fully committed to this.

10-22-2009, 03:04 PM
OH... by the way, Lori Bell, your weight loss is inspiring. Thank you for the support.

10-22-2009, 10:35 PM
Hi guys! I just ordered my 1 week supply of the cookie diet. I currently weigh 165 and am hoping to get down to 150 in 1 month when I go back home for my college break. Keep me updated on your progress because I am eager to start mine and am interested if you have any tips to share while you are on the diet! Good luck, I'm sure you will get down to 199 by that date :)

10-23-2009, 09:59 AM
A coworkers significant other lost a significant amount of weight on the diet, over 100 pounds. And she has mostly kept it off for the last 6 months or so. The challenging part is transitioning to maintenance; meal replacement diets don't teach you how to plan and eat real food for maintenance. My friend is in a cycle of regain some weight -- go back on the cookie diet for a while -- lose the weight -- go back on a "normal" diet and regain, repeat. She is struggling to find the calorie balance without having to go back to the automatic calorie restriction that the cookie supplements provide.

Any calorie restriction diet will result in weight loss, but transitioning to maintenance will require careful thought and planning. Just my 2 cents!

10-23-2009, 12:31 PM
I agree, MBN. I think the key will be to incorporate daily exercise, something I don't do now, to help keep the weight off. Calories in versus calories burned. I hope that it will also help me to identify when I am truly hungry and not just bored.

So, I know I said I wasn't going to weigh again until Monday morning, but I just couldn't help myself... I was curious. Down 2.5 lbs. This weekend is going to be a challenge as my DH and I have social activities planned, but I'm thinking ahead and working out how I can stay on track. I think it's doable.

I'll check back in Monday. Everyone else that is starting, please post your results too.


10-23-2009, 03:33 PM
I'm normally not one for these fad diets, but I too am having a problem of motivation. I exercise at least 5 days a week, and am eating healthy. I don't "diet" I just make better choices. But I'm stuck around 190 no matter how hard or how much I work out and no matter how healthy my diet is. I need something to jump start this weight loss and I'm running out of ideas! Doing so much work and seeing no results makes it even harder to stick with it. I'm going to keep monitoring this thread and ponder trying this one myself.

10-23-2009, 04:10 PM
I know this isn't related to the Cookie Diet, but have you had your thyoid checked, OnceUponADrive? If not, I highly recommend it. I was having a horrible time with losing weight and found out that I had hypothyroidism. Now that I'm on my daily medication, the weight seems to be coming off more easily.

10-26-2009, 12:43 PM
I weighed this morning and am still at 214. A little disappointed, but am pleased to have lost the 2.5lbs in the first week. I'm going to stick with it for another week and see what happens. I'm still feeling pretty good. Not really hungry and have been on plan even though I went sailing with friends this weekend.

Have a good week!

10-27-2009, 08:05 PM
Lori Bell, although one will always be able to find competing recommendations/criticisms, I just wanted to post this for the record. Two major reasons why slow weight loss is more sustainable - The person is more likely to adopt positive changes into their life, and the weight lost is less likely to just be water or muscle lost (as opposed to actual fat). Beyond that, my major point was to not EXPECT a larger loss, otherwise you might set yourself up for failure and undermine your overall goals.

Mayo Clinic:
The problem with fast weight loss is that it takes extraordinary efforts in diet and exercise that are usually not sustainable over the long term and the weight quickly comes back once you stop trying so hard. That's why when it comes to weight loss, slow and steady usually beats out fast weight loss.

Remember that 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat contains 3,500 calories. So you need to burn 500 more calories than you eat each day to lose just 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days). A weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week is the typical recommendation, but some people may initially lose more weight more quickly. Very low calorie diets that result in more rapid weight loss require medical supervision. If you lose a lot of weight quickly, it's probably not fat that you're losing. It's more likely to be water weight or even lean tissue since it's hard to burn that many fat calories in a short period of time.

Weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week may seem slow, but it's a pace that's more likely to help you maintain your weight loss for the long term.

10-30-2009, 10:12 AM
I started the cookie diet on 10/28 and I have to tell you it's easier than I thought. I started at 219 and weighed in at 216 this morning!! Good luck to you and let's keep each other posted, it sounds like we have similiar goals.

10-30-2009, 04:10 PM
hey was my first day on the cookie seems to be going well so far! the cookies don't taste bad either, i wasn't sure what to expect. i will keep you all updated on my progress. I am hoping to lose 14 pounds in the next 3 weeks. i know that is kind of extreme but i am going home for break and would like to surprise my family and i am upping my exercise.

11-03-2009, 01:24 PM
I have been thinking about this meal replacement program ... but was curious what "flavors" people are trying , liking, hating, etc.

I realize the goal is not to like the food, but you also want to be able to tolerate it! I have divirticular issues, so I think the coconut is a no-no for me personally. It didnt look like any of the cookies had nuts.


I am generally successful on meal restriction diets (short term) because it takes the decision making and rationalizations out of the way.

Thanks in advance!

11-04-2009, 09:20 PM
First week is done and I lost 8lbs!! I like the banana flavor best. Also, the chocolate. They definitely don't taste great but they are tolerable and they fill me up. Well, good luck and let's keep each other posted!

Start weight: 219
current weight: 211
goal weight:149

11-10-2009, 11:12 AM
Im on my 4th day on the cookie diet and have lost 2 pounds!
i have tried many things before and never did i come across a diet where i dont feel cravings.
The cookies take your appetite away as your stomach feels soon as i feel like i need to grab something to eat...i take a cookie and my bottle of water....and the craving is gone! im trully amazed
usually when i start a diet..or say im going to start..i dont even last a day! as soon as day 2 arrives..i eat whatever i want...
Didnt happen with the im very excited about i also have an underactive thyroid and have been gaining weight slowly throughout the years. with my 162 lbs that i start the diet with considered obese becaue of my 5 feet frame...i currently had surgery and before the anaesthetic dr put me down...he was giving a lecture about how my body is just going to go downhill at my 28 years of age if i dont start to do something about my weight...gee talk about depressing! but it hit a nerve... i passed out thinking "what..this guy doesnt even know me...i thought i was chubby but not obese! " ever since then i tried to lose the bulge but i was always hungry,
The cookies are doing their job at keeping me feel FULL...i pray that this works..
please keep up with your progress ...

11-10-2009, 11:24 AM
i forgot..i ordered all 5 flavors of my sister is also doing the we ordered all flavors and we split the bags..her supply is for 2 weeks..mine for 3 weeks...
The only ones we both liked were the chocholate, coconut, and oatmeal , the oatmeal brings raisins.
the blueberry (brings dried blueberrrys)and banana we dont really care for and not reordering again as we cant taste the flavor on them... whether the other ones we do.
hope that helps some

11-11-2009, 01:05 PM
Ok week 2 is officially over and I weighed in this morning at 207!! I'm feeling good and actually starting to fit into some of my old clothes!!

Start weight:219
Current weight: 207

11-11-2009, 11:59 PM
Isn't it interesting how people "poo poo" a diet plan...humans have a tendency 2 have an idea of what is the "best way" for everyone...even if they can't do it themselves.

I have been overweight since first grade! I lost a huge amount in high school with diet pills and being very regimented. I was probably "thin" for 24 hours. Gained all back plus more. Lost a significant amount years later with exercise and learning about nutrition (I even had my VERY OWN Nutrition/Exercise class along with a RD at the local YMCA. Gained all back plus more. Lost weight again with OA and 301 (3 meals a day and nothing in between)....Gained all back plus more.

I have done some other things in between...they aren't coming to my mind now. But I know about Nutrition and Exercise. My husband is a VERY disciplined man...the Doc told him to loose 20 lbs...and he did it...of course I planned a lot of his meals...I know the rules <smile>

I have thought a lot about the weight loss just didn't seem right for me...

But the cookie diet did and does. Been doing it for less than a week. It feels right. And I really think I can do this for the rest of my life. In what I mean by that little meals throughout the day and one regular one a day. It is simple.

Sorry I can babble forever...I feel like I could go on and thing recently that I have been looking at is how skinny people eat. Do most of them pay attention to how much fiber and vitamins and carbs and veggies and fruits they eat? They eat and then go about their day. Not mode of operation is to eat and then think about when I can have my next fix. My goal is freedom from food and from judging how someone else eats.

Today...I am on the cookie diet. Who woulda thunk it?

Thanks everyone for taking the risk & sharing your stories!


11-12-2009, 10:29 AM im on my day 6.
weighed myself and lost 3 pounds in total. which i'm liking..i have to remind myself about my thyroid problem and that its probably harder for me to lose the weight compared to others as im not very good at taking my pill on a daily basis (i do try:^:). And also remind myself that before the diet..those numbers were only going up! and now they are going down!
Also..yesterday i had an avocado with my meal...not bothering to check calorie content on the avocado..later my sister told me that an avocado has like 300 + calories on its own! yikes! not doing that one yesterday my meal was probably around 1300+ calories..not good for my little body so not doing the avocado again and taught me to check (google) the calorie stuff before i decide to add something new to my meal
3 lbs in 5 days...its all good, im very excited...and jill's lost pounds are great to hear..keeps you motivated.
felt little cravings on my 5th day that i didnt have on the previous days..thats prob why i went for that avocado haha ,
but, no matter what mistakes you make...just get back to staying focused on your'll be worth it!
oh..and my sister has lost 4lbs in the 5 days....(she didnt have the avocado:p)

11-14-2009, 01:46 PM
Wow...has it been a struggle not being able to log on to this site!

Week 1 over...weigh in this morning...lost 4 lbs! Oh so happy!!

How does a specific diet get their own WW and others?

12-07-2009, 09:04 PM
Aren't there anymore cookie dieters?

12-07-2009, 11:45 PM
MrsMiller it doesn't look like it...just you and me against the world LOL

12-08-2009, 10:21 AM
Mistermom there is like 3 posts for the cookie diet...I have read all three and try to post when I can. I have lost 14 lbs and feel great. It is tuff and has been very difficult. One day at a time or sometimes 1 cookie at a time :)

12-08-2009, 09:29 PM
I am starting the cookie diet tomorrow and im very excited, i really need that jump start to motivate me to lose this weight i gained this year. i want to lose 20lbs by feb when i go visit my best friend i hope this works! congrats to you ladies on losing that weight!

01-01-2010, 03:21 PM
Dear Lauren A,
Please tell me what kind of dog is in the pic. We had one that looked the same and we thought he was an Australian Shepherd but we were not sure. Best dog ever. Lived to 15 1/2 though gave me many scares before dying. He would always rally and then he just didn't. I miss him so . Whats your dogs name?
Thanks for giving me some happy time down memory lane.

01-01-2010, 06:19 PM
Hi. I just started the cookie diet today. Anyone still doing it? Or had good results?

01-01-2010, 10:23 PM
I've done it off and on and use them now as a meal replacement when we go out to avoid fast food.

01-02-2010, 01:29 AM
I've not done this diet cookie diet, but I was on WW when the Breakfast Cookies first became popular (this was before WW limited the number of fiber grams that could be used to lower a food's point value).

I belive the cookies were like 2 points (but over 200 calories), and a lot of people were using them as meal replacement bars (they were super high fiber). I would use them frequently as breakfasts and lunches.

They helped me lose a lot of weight, but many of the smaller girls were stalling on their weight loss because of overusing the cookies (I know with the cookie diet that's not a problem if you're following the plan as written).

It turns out though that the manufacturer of that cookie actually got into trouble for grossly under-reporting the calorie count of their cookies. I believe the company was bought out and brought under tighter control.

My problem with meal replacement plans (and I've been on dozens, if not hundreds) is that for me, weight loss is such a long process, that it inevitably becomes very monotonous long before I've lost all the weight. I still use meal replacements occasionally, but I don't do well when they're a very frequent part of my food plan.

For me also, fast weight loss also usually means temporary weight loss, because if I'm losing it fast - it's usually because the methods I'm using to lose the weight are extreme and unsustainable. I'm skipping meals (and getting light headed and nauseous) or I'm eating super, super low carb and low fat (which is a very dangerous combination to do very long) also to the point of feeling ill and wiped out, or I'm eating foods I would never consider eating for the rest of my life (and for me that's cookies, because I don't even like "real" cookies - they've never been a trouble food for me. I'm more likely to overeat meatloaf)....

There are mental reasons that very rapid weight loss is generally less effective - and there are physiological ones as well. (Most of the research suggests this to be true statistically - yes, that means there are exceptions - but the statistics do favor the slower losers).

Crash dieting can change your biochemistry (and rapid weight loss is crash dieting. You don't get super, rapid weight loss unless you're drastically reducing your normal calorie level -that is crash dieting). It's not mystical, magical mumbojumbo - the biochemistry is fairly well understood, including the specific hunger and fat-storage mediating hormones.

It takes more than "mind over matter" to lose weight all the way to goal weight on a crash diet - and it takes more than mind over matter to sustain weight loss achieved through crash diets.

There are just enough people who've succeeded at it, to convince folks it's possible - but the odds are against you. You always have to be asking yourself "can I really do this forever," or at least "what am I going to do instead."

Sure, it is possible to maintain your weight loss in an entirely different manner than you lost the weight - but it's a lot more difficult. So you've got to be aware of and prepare for that challenge.

If you can eat these cookies and a dinner forever, more power to you. I would suggest just as an added precaution that you take a multivitamin which includes vitamin C (or a separate C supplement) and maybe an antioxidant blend. It's going to be difficult to get the necessary range of micronutrients on only one meal a day - the cookies probably have some, but their nutrition is going to be mostly protein and grain-based, not vegetable and fruit based (raisins, pears, and apples are often the only fruits used in these bars, and as good as those are, it's fairly limited) - so you're going to get short-changed on the nutrients common to those foods.

Good luck.

01-04-2010, 12:08 AM
There are just enough people who've succeeded at it, to convince folks it's possible - but the odds are against you. You always have to be asking yourself "can I really do this forever," or at least "what am I going to do instead."
Good luck.

Hummmm I think I can appreciate your concern. Not quite yet, but I am praying that I will be able to appreciate your comments...because I am hoping you have my best interest at heart.

As you say, the odds are against me...whatever way i choose to lose weight or NOT lose weight. This is my choice. I am an educated woman and I have lost weight in many many different ways...and I have NEVER been successful at keeping it off and BARELY successful at loosing.

What I do know for today is: I have to come to grips with 1200 calories a day for the rest of my life (more or less). I am 5 feet tall. Period. I cannot change that. What I can change is my perception of the amount of food I NEED to eat in a day and learn to eat to live not to live to eat. I want to enjoy life and not be obsessed with food and choices and amounts and if I get this or don't get this...I want 2 live!

My place on earth is to not judge what other people eat, don't eat or choose to eat. My place on earth is to not judge what diet program someone chooses. My place is to not judge people who judge me. It is a vicious circle. This is my journey. This is my life. A good portion of my life people have tried to tell me what to do with food (or what to not do with food). Did it work? Nope. Trust me, if I could, I would eat 3 meals a day with possibly 2 snacks and not white flour or sugar and just the right kind of fat and NEVER overeat blah blah blah. I would have done it a long time ago! I am right were I am suppose to be for me, today.

Sorry if I offended anyone. This was actually written for me. Because I needed it in black and white in front of my face. I know what is right for me today! Today only. Do I get to change my mind. You bet.

01-06-2010, 08:54 PM
Well I'm in the middle of my third week on the cookie diet. I'm following it very loosely but am already down 13lbs!! A limited calorie diet always works! They are not "magic" cookies by any means, just appetite suppressants.

01-07-2010, 10:03 PM
I'm not judging you or telling you what to eat, or what not to eat - just sharing what I've learned about weight loss for myself, in the four decades I've been attempting it, and the possible pitfalls, as I see them.

Everyone is different, so none of what I said may apply to you. Some of it might, so I share it all, and trust that you, like most folks are able to see what applies to your life and what doesn't.

My hope isn't that you follow my recommendations or advice, but that you get a lot of opinions from a lot of people, and follow the plan that works the best for you.

One day, I think we'll be able to help people find the plan(s) that are likeliest to work for each person witha questionairre or a blood test, or some other method besides years of trial and error.

I believe there are biochemical, environmental, and personality differences that make some plans easier and more effective than others, but currently there's no way to determine that except through trial and error. I think sharing our own histories, including what didn't work, and why we think it didn't (as well as what works and also why we think it does), helps everyone else.

I don't think there is, or will ever be a weight loss plan that works for everyone who tries it (at least not in the long-run, and that's the most important thing for most of us).

I'm not very optimistic about meal replacement plans, because I've never succeeded on them or known anyone who personally has. I think that's valuable information for you to have, even if that isn't the case for you. Knowing other people's success AND failures helps you be better prepared.

When I was researching wls, I had a hard time finding people willing to share the bad experiences, because they didn't want to scare me off. I NEEDED to know the bad experiences and the good, in order to determine whether the surgery was right for me. Just getting one side wouldn't have allowed me to make an informed decision - and I value an informed choice above all things. You can't be informed if you only hear the success stories and never the problems or obstacles.

If you only hear the success stories, you can easily think that everyone else who has tried a similar plan has had amazing and effortless success, and if you don't experience that, you may think there's something wrong with you (I've certainly felt that way about plans before, where I was treated like a freak for not doing well on a plan, it turns out that most people don't do well on - this is especially important when the person telling you that "everyone else is successful, I don't know why you're not," is a person selling you the plan.

Being an informed consumer of weight loss products is difficult, because success is always attributed to the product or plan, and failure is always attributed to the person using it. If you succeed, the diet gets the credit - and if you fail, you take all the blame (at least that's been my experience with weight loss products/and services).

01-08-2010, 09:45 AM
One day, I think we'll be able to help people find the plan(s) that are likeliest to work for each person with a questionairre or a blood test, or some other method besides years of trial and error.

I hope that you are right about this!

01-08-2010, 12:44 PM
I'm pretty sure it will, but how long it will take is another question, entirely. Five years? Fifty?

I would be very happy to see it in my lifetime, but I'm not holding my breath.

01-08-2010, 01:25 PM
I enjoy the cookie diet. I alternate it between that and a food deliver service.

01-08-2010, 02:02 PM
I love the cookie diet personally. It works for me. I have a big problem of boredom snacking so eating a cookie when I get those cravings really helps. I'll have been on the diet one month on the 13th and I'm already down 14lbs with very little exercise. I'm ready for that one month weigh in, but tonight might be difficult cause I'm going out with co-workers for a happy hour retirement party. It's all about will power!

11-08-2011, 04:29 AM
How's everyone doing on this diet? I bought Dr Siegal's cookies in preparation for the Holiday weight gain, lol. It worked well for me last year to get rid of the stubborn weight.

01-03-2012, 06:05 PM
Hey there Kari1980

I was on the cookie diet for just over two months and I loved it. I'd lost about 30 pounds. One thing I would caution be very aware of how much working out you did. When I started going to the gym every day on the cookie diet my body went into starvation mode and my weightloss stopped. After a loss in the family, I gained all my weight back and I am not starting all over again. I have been thinking about starting it up again as I'm trying to lose 80 + pounds before March 2013, but think I will try it the old fashioned way. Contact a nutritionist, join the gym by my house and hire a personal trainer.

I wish you the best of luck Kari! It doesn't matter how you do it, at least you are trying to better your life! Kudos to that! :)