Dr. Sanford Siegal touts a low-calorie, low carb diet plan that lets followers eat six cookies and one sensible meal of vegetables and meat per day. At less than 1,000 calories per day, it's a recipe for weight loss. But what's in the cookies?
Dr. Siegal says his secret ingredient is amino acids. The psychological benefit of dieting on a traditionally forbidden food may help some people lose weight, however the cookies are not guaranteed to taste good. Cookiediet.com lists ingredients such as brown sugar, cane sugar, FD&C yellow #5, palm oil (a saturated fat), and several allergens: wheat, milk, soy, and eggs. Amino acids are not listed, unless they are contained in whey.
L-glutamine reduces all kinds of cravings, according to Michael Lesser, MD, author of The Brain Chemistry Plan. Phyllis Balch, nutritionist and author of Prescription for Nutritional Healing, lists information on the obesity-busting properties of several other amino acids: tryptophan, available as 5-HTP, and L-phenylalanine suppress appetite, L-Arganine, L-orothine and L-lysine work together to decrease body fat. L-carnitine and L-methionine assist in the break-down of fats. Gamma-amino-butyric-acid (GABA) and L-Tyrosine fight cravings and depression. Taurine sustains energy and aids in fat digestion.
Amino acids can be purchased for less money than Dr. Siegal's cookies. Spirulina, a blue-green algae, is an amino-acid packed superfood that is ultimately a healthier choice than any type of cookie.