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Smart for Life Cookie Diet: Does It Work?

A cookie diet sounds delicious. Like everyone else, I imagined some gooey chocolate-chip cookies, maybe some macadamia nut.

The reality was much spongier -- although not bad.

After writing about Smart for Life's new gluten-free cookie diet and learning the cookies' ingredients, I decided to try it out for myself. So for one week, I ate Smart for Life's cookies, bagel chips, and drinks (which tasted like Gatorade's half-sister.) My goal? To let you all know whether it actually works.

The short answer: Yes.

What I ate every day:
Two "cookies" (breakfast and lunch), one rice crisp bar (snack), one pack of garlic bagel chips (snack), and chicken or fish with vegetables for dinner. I also drank close to a full bottle of water with each little serving.

The theory behind the diet:
The goal is to get your body used to eating small meals every two or three hours. This is supposed to keep your metabolism up, thus helping you lost more weight. Unfortunately, my spoiled stomach was used to three big meals a day and wasn't happy with the change.

What it was like: 
The first two days were rough. I was constantly thinking about food, because I was eating so little each time I ate. The good part was that I got to eat frequently. During those two days, I more than once threatened to: cut off my foot for a cheeseburger and throw up if I drank any more water. Yes, I'm dramatic.

But day three was much easier. Dr. Sasson Moulavi had warned me that stomachs typically take three days to adjust to the new schedule. By the third day, I didn't crave Pringles and Snickers; I was just resigned to the cookies. My dinners had gotten much smaller too, because it took less to fill me up.

The verdict: I lost three pounds. But if you enjoy variety in your food, stay far, far away from this diet. By the end of the seven days, I was ready to chuck the little banana-chocolate cookie against the wall. 

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Devin Desjarlais