Dr. Sanford Siegal
April 23, 2008
A Tale of Three (or Four) Cookie Diets

In 1975, I created the concept of a weight loss system that features a special cookie to control hunge...
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April 16, 2008
Cookies, Madonna, and (No) Sex

What a week this is turning out to be. It all began last Sunday evening when my Blackberry started to go crazy...
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January 07, 2008
Hardly a 'Flash in the Pan' Fad

I was on national TV over the weekend. E! Entertainment Network ran a two-hour special about diets that inc...
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October 21, 2007
Can't Seem to Lose Weight No Matter How Little You Eat? Could Be Your Thyroid

Oprah announces to the world that she has a thyroid problem a...
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August 20, 2007
A Simple Cardiovascular Risk Self-Test that Could Save Your Life

I want to share with you a simple, do-it-yourself test to measure your card...
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August 11, 2007
The Magic Pill: Eat What You Want, Lose Weight, and Have Sudden, Unexpected, Explosive Bowel Movements

I don't usually joke about obesity. I...
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July 10, 2007
Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ History

Since launching our www.CookieDietOnline.com web site in May, I've received many emails from peop...
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February 18, 2007
I'm Flattered

They say that "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Well, I'm feeling very flattered these days. Over the last 35 y...
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Dr. Siegal's Blog
July 10, 2007

Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ History

Since launching our www.CookieDietOnline.com web site in May, I've received many emails from people asking about the history of the Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™. The number of inquiries makes it impractical to answer everyone individually so I've decided to tell the Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ story here.


BEFORE THE Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™


I began practicing medicine as a general practitioner in 1957. Almost immediately I noticed that a significant number of my patients were overweight and that, for many of them, their extra pounds appeared to be contributing to their health problems. I quickly realized that I needed to help them lose their excess weight if I was going to successfully treat the medical conditions it caused. By 1960 I was having such success treating obesity that I decided to devote my practice exclusively to the treatment of overweight patients.


For the next fifteen years or so, I used a variety of methods of treatment that included a reduced-calorie diet, exercise, and appetite-suppressant medications. In the early 1970s I became interested in the effects of high fiber diets in the treatment of obesity. After extensive research, I wrote one of the first books on the subject, Dr. Siegal's Natural Fiber Permanent Weight-Loss Diet (Dial Press, 1975).


Although my approach to weight loss produced good results, I was never satisfied with my patients' success rate. Many lost weight but others were unable to stick to the diet that I prescribed. The reason for their failure wasn't a lack of willpower, it was hunger. I knew that if I could control their hunger I could help many more patients stick to their diets and reach a healthy weight.


More than a year before my first book was published in 1975, I began research for a second book, Hunger Control Without Drugs (Macmillan, 1985), on a subject that has fascinated me throughout my career: the effect of various foods and food components (carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals) on hunger. Based on my personal experience, I suspected that certain foods were more effective than others at controlling hunger and that others actually stimulate hunger.


After two years of research in which I used my friends, family and myself as guinea pigs, I was certain that my hunch was correct. I had identified certain food components and cooking processes that produced surprisingly hunger-controlling foods. In my home kitchen I developed a particular formula containing certain food proteins called amino acids. I used my formula to create the first Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET food: an oatmeal raisin cookie. I chose a cookie as my first food because it didn't need heating or refrigeration and was portable (I wanted something that a woman could carry in her purse). Later I developed shakes and soup with the same hunger-controlling properties.


As you might guess, imitators have popped up, but none have our formula. I've personally received emails from people who've tried these knockoff products and found that they don't do much to control hunger. It's always gratifying to hear from people who've had success with our cookies and I welcome your comments, too. Feel free to email me at drsiegal@cookiedietonline.com.


THE Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™


I began using the Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ with a small number of patients in 1975. I instructed them to eat six cookies per day and one reasonable dinner consisting of low-fat protein and some vegetables. They were to eat the cookies not at fixed times but as needed to control hunger. It was that simple.


The effectiveness of the cookie was immediately apparent. Patients reported that their hunger was significantly reduced and that following the reduced-calorie diet was much easier. Soon many more patients were reaching their goals. Within eighteen months the Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ was the only weight loss system I used.


The Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ had a profound impact on my medical practice, Siegal Medical Group. Although I didn't advertise my practice (and still don't), word of mouth spread. Within a couple of years we'd grown to 14 clinics in Florida and 10 in South America and Mexico. Patients began flying in from other states and even other countries, a phenomenon that continues to this day. The media soon learned of our patients' success; we've been profiled by countless media including Good Morning America, CNN, Woman's World, the New York Post, and Health magazine. Recently Fox News aired a report about us in prime time in 38 cities.


THE Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ ONLINE


As far back as the mid-1970's, I'd been receiving phone calls, letters and, more recently, emails, from people around the country and beyond asking to buy the Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ cookies, shakes and soup. While I had provided them to about 200 other doctors to use in their practices, it wasn't until May of this year that we launched the www.CookieDietOnline.com web site and began offering the Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ products for sale online. In just eight weeks, thousands of people have ordered cookies and vitamins from the site. I've also received hundreds of email messages from our web site customers expressing joy that our products are now available for home delivery. The following message, which I received yesterday, is an example of the kinds of messages I've received:


Just wanted to let you know that I think this is the best program ever! My mom, husband and several friends are now doing it - all because I told them the history of the diet and how it's working for me! Thank you for making it available for the masses!


WHAT'S NEXT?


During the next few months, we'll begin offering our Dr. Siegal's® COOKIE DIET™ shakes and soup online. We'll be announcing the locations of more retail stores and doctors who offer our products. We'll be featured in more media profiles. Finally, I hope to find some time to finish my next book, Dr. Siegal's COOKIE DIET™: How One Doctor and His Cookie Helped 500,000 People Lose Weight.