Diet Slam of the Week: Pound Cookies, Lose Weight!

Sick and tired of eating healthy and working out to stay in shape?! Wouldn't you rather lose weight by eating cookies all day?

According to Dr. Siegal, this is totally possible, thanks to his wildly popular "cookie diet"! Yup, that's right: COOKIE DIET.

This weight-loss craze has actually been around a while—back in 2009, Kim Kardashian and Siegel got embroiled in a lawsuit over it—but a weight loss craze this tempting may never die. Indeed, a new report reveals that half a million people in the U.S. and Australia are now replacing meals with cookies as a means to shed pounds.

Does a cookie-fueled skinny bod sound too good to be true? Sorry, folks: that's because it totally is.

First of all, Siegal's cookies are far removed from these or these (oh my god, cookies yum!). They're more like cookie-shaped health bars, packed with "hunger-controlling" amino acids and proteins and lacking all the stuff that makes cookies both yummy and utterly anti-diet: sugar, chocolate and fat. Of course, this distinction is easily lost on people who may start replacing meals with Mrs. Fields, which is pretty much the worst possible solution to weight problems.

Nutrition experts have also been quick to point out that this diet is extreme and limiting. Fruits are completely eliminated—never a good sign—and veggies are supposed to be kept to a minimum. Plus, it's expensive: about $60 for one week's worth of cookies. Most importantly, it's really really hard to keep up with any diet that demands you eat the same thing day after day—yes, even if that thing is cookies.

Hate to break it to you, but the real secret to wellness success is to stay active and eat full healthy meals. And if you want to splurge on a real cookie, we say: go for it. Life's too short, y'all.

Now, we leave you with this unofficial endorsement video for this dubious diet:

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