One of the most ridiculous fad diets ever invented is the cookie diet. In essence this diet claims that amino acids baked into cookies can control hunger.
Fad diets are intended to help people lose a great deal of weight in a short period of time – they're popular because they appear to be miracles. Fad diets generally include some super food, like the cookie in the cookie diet, with miraculous weight loss properties. They are usually sold by a series of wild claims, much like the old pitch men pitched in the traveling medicine shows.
The cookie diet came about as the result of research into natural foods done for a book in 1975. The cookie diet consists of eating 6 cookies in place of breakfast and lunch, then consuming a normal dinner.
All told the daily caloric intake was about 800 calories. The cookie diet exploded to 24 clinics around the world. In the middle 1980s over 200 doctors were prescribing Dr. Siegel's cookie diet in their own practices. It was at this time that shakes and soups were added to the mix, these also containing the amino acids that control hunger.
Later Hollywood grabbed the cookie diet. The diet benefited from the media efforts of all the stars who tried it to lose weight.
This diet is similar to the original in that it consists of a cookie for breakfast, a cookie as a snack in the morning, a cookie for lunch, a cookie as a mid-afternoon snack, and then a reasonable dinner. The four cookies allowed on this diet consisted of a combined 600 calories and various vitamins.
Don't waste time with the cookie diet. If you want to lose weight, or maintain a healthy eating lifestyle, simply lower the amount of calories you eat from everyday foods and add some exercise.
In general this is a much healthier way to lose or maintain weight than relying on some fly by night miracle food, even if it is endorsed by someone you recognize from a movie.
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