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Woman Loses Weight on 'Cookie Diet'

POSTED: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 8:57am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

Lynda Sells doesn't mind shelling out about $60 a week to buy these diet cookies, the cornerstone of the diet plan she started in May.

"For years, I've tried every other diet out there and been on a rollercoaster of gaining weight, and was at a point where I was heavier than I've ever been in my life," she said.

Sells follows the instructions - eating six of the special cookies throughout the day when she's hungry, and in the evening she has a sensible dinner. She says it works for her. "I wanted to lose about 50 pounds, and so far I've lost 27 of that," Sells said.

Creator Dr. Sanford Siegal says his diet works because the cookies suppress hunger. "We shoot for 1000 calories a day, 500 of those calories come from the cookies, and 500 comes from the dinner. Everyone loses weight when they eat 1,000 calories a day. There are no failures at 1000 calories a day. I can assure you," Dr. Siegal said.

KXAS asked a Dallas-based weight management physician for his take on the cookie diet. "So if someone needs to lose a few pounds for a wedding, or a cruise, or to jam into a tuxedo for a high school reunion, whatever, than this is something that is going to appeal to them," Dr. Lewis Pincus, an internist, said.

But Dr. Pincus believes a lifestyle change is needed too, "My opinion is that ultimately it will fail, because at some point people will stop using the product."