Like most successful diet programs, Cookie Diet has not
been spared of negative criticisms. Most of these come from fellow doctors
and nutritionists who question Dr. Siegalís formulation and the amount of
calories that a person under his program consumes in a day. They think that
800 calories a day is too low and not enough for an average person. Not only
that, critics also think that the cookies in Dr. Siegalís program are
lacking in proper nutritional levels to give a person his/her daily
One critic, Amy Campbell is a
nutrition and diabetes instructors at Bostonís Joslin Clinic. She said that
the Cookie Diet is just another ďfad dietĒ meant to lure and hook people
with the idea that they can lose weight by just eating cookies during the
day. She also said that while it has a strong appeal to weight losers, the
whole program is not planned to be a nutritious plan at all because it is
lacking in other important nutritional aspects like fruits, vegetables,
vitamins, and fiber.
However, Dr. Siegal said that the safety of his
patients is among his important concerns and that the program is well
supplemented by vitamins. He emphasized that while diet pills contain
harmful drugs, his cookies are formulated with amino acids from oats, rice,
whole wheat, and branóall meant to control hunger. He claims that his cookie
mixture has been scientifically formulated and tested through the years by
more than 500,000 patients, all of which were satisfied by the results.
Another claim by Campbell is the fact that the cookies
lack fiber and two of the variants are very high in saturated fat, which
raises the risk of heart disease.
To this, Dr.
Siegal answered that patients are not expected to stay on with the Cookie
Diet permanently for life. According to him, patients stay with the program
depending on the amount of weight they intend to lose, and not for long. He
also said that the faster the weight loss, the better it is for his
patients, and that those who lose weight faster are the ones with clear
weight loss goals in front of them.
critic, Connie Diekman of the Washington University in St. Louis said that
Dr. Siegalís very low calorie diet program is way below the minimum daily
requirement to achieve a healthy weight loss pattern. According to her, Dr.
Siegalís program will promote weight loss, but will not change body fat, and
this is not a healthy program.