I’m sorry, I can’t believe that there’s anybody out there even prescribing a “cookie diet,” yet it turns out there are quite a few: Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet, Smart For Life, and the Hollywood Cookie Diet are a few of the most popular programs.

You heard me right: eat pre-packaged cookies (engineered with substances such as glycerine and protein powder) and then have a token “sensible dinner” of lean protein and veggies—all for 800-1,200 calories a day.

Duh, if you take in fewer calories than you burn, you’re going to lose weight, but intakes that low can send your body into starvation mode and throw off your metabolism. I am not a fan of single-ingredient diets or diets that require you to purchase special products.

I wish there was a way to convince people that the best way to lose weight (“and keep it off!”) or improve their health is by learning how to make small effective changes that can lead to the results they want. You can’t get that from a flippin’ cookie.

This Wall Street Journal article takes a look at this weird eating plan.

That said, a well-balanced “cookie” makes a much better snack or quick breakfast than a candy bar or pastry. Check out this recipe for a no-bake breakfast cookie you can make ahead and grab on your way out the door. Homemade almost always beats pre-packaged.

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