Cookie diet refers to a low-calorie diet based on a hunger controlling meal replacement in the form of a specially formultated cookie. There are a number of cookie diets currently on the market, such as the Smart for Life Cookie Diet, Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet, Hollywood Cookie Diet and R&D Diet Cookie. All require 4 to 6 cookies per day, sometimes in addition to other food, such as one meal of six ounces of meat in the case of the Siegal diet. In 1975, while researching a book on the effect of natural food substances on hunger, South Florida weight loss physician and author Sanford Siegal developed a proprietary mixture of certain amino acids and baked them into a cookie intended to control his patients' hunger. He instructed his patients to consume six cookies (approximately 500 calories) during the day to control hunger, and a dinner of approximately 300 calories in the evening. His cookie diet was an immediate commercial success, and within a few years his practice had grown to 14 clinics in Florida and 10 in Latin America. By the mid-1980s, more than 200 other physicians were using Dr. Siegal's approach and products in their own practices. Soon, Dr. Siegal introduced shake
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