Lifewatch: Cookie diet

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(WECT) - Creators of the cookie diet say it is a safe and efficient way to lose weight.  The cookies are designed to keep your hunger satisfied and your metabolism running, but it may not be a permanent solution to keep the pounds off.

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

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

Sells follows the instructions: eating six of the special cookies throughout the day when she's hungry, and has a sensible dinner in the evening.  She says the diet works for her.

"I wanted to lose about 50 pounds, and so far I've lost 27 of that," said Sells.

Creator, Dr. Sanford Siegal, says his diet works because the cookies suppress hunger.

"We shoot for 1,000 calories a day - 500 of those calories come from the cookies, 500 comes from the dinner," said Siegal.  "Everyone loses weight when they eat 1,000 calories a day. There are no failures at 1,000 calories a day, I can assure you."

According to weigh management physician Dr. Lewis Pincus, the cookie diet could be good for someone who is trying to lose a few pounds for a wedding or a cruise, but 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," said Pincus.

Critics say even though the diet is based on cookies, eating five of them each day for weeks on end will lead to boredom.