Smart For Life "Cookie Diet" Review
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This diet works best for the following people...

  • Those needing to quickly lose weight for a special event (at least 2 weeks away)
  • People who suffer from hunger between meals while on a diet.
  • People who need help lowering their daily calorie intake.

This diet should be avoided by...

  • Pregnant or nursing mothers.
  • People with existing conditions should consult a physician before starting this diet

Smart For Life Overview

Smart For Life Cookies were created to help people lose weight using a low calorie, meal replacement approach.  With over 40 clinics in North America, Smart for Life is also one of the largest weight management centers in the US.

How does the Smart for Life Cookie Diet work?

The premise of the cookie diet is eating low calorie. You will eat 6 cookies a day and a sensible dinner. Each cookie has a proprietary blend of amino acids, fiber, and vitamins that will offer appetite suppression and reduce hunger cravings throughout the day.

The Smart for Life weight loss program is available in two different formats:

At Home
The"at home" plan is more convenient and less intrusive.  You can simply order online and have the products delivered right to your door.

In Clinic
With their "in clinic" medical program, they offer you direct physician care, meaning you have to schedule an appointment with a certified center. During your visit a complete physical is given, appropriate lab tests, blood work, body scan, etc. You're probably asking if your insurance provider would cover this type of visit and the answer is no. We recommended the in clinic program for those who are dangerously obese. 

Pros and Cons to Consider


  • Program is easy to follow.
  • Cookies are mostly organic
  • Cookies do promote weight loss.
  • Cookies contain no stimulants or harmful side effects.
  • Meal replacement diets are not suitable for long term use.
  • Does not promote exercise.
  • Diet is very low calorie and should be used under doctor supervision.

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Smart For Life Testimonials

Most of the testimonials found online were positive with many boasting loses of 10lbs to 15lbs during the first two weeks.  Many of the skeptics were pleased with their first experience and were very willing to purchase again in bulk.  But in our research it was evident that this diet is not for everyone.  The negative reviews and comments were on price and lack of variety.  Some went as far as to call the diet boring.  There are also no consumer discounts and products must be purchased from the official website.

Recipes using smart for life cookies

(Makes 1 serving)

  • 1 Smart Cookie, any flavor
  • 2 packets sugar substitute
  • 8 pumps butter spray
  • 1–2 tbsp. calorie-free, fat-free fruit spread, any flavor
  • Cinnamon, to taste

    Crumble cookie and place in a microwave safe bowl. Spray cookie crumbles with up to eight pumps of butter spray. Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional). Stir in fruit spread. Heat in the microwave for one minute.

(Makes 1 serving)

  • 1–2 Smart Cookies, any flavor
  • 1 tsp. each of an assorted variety of calorie-free, fat-free fruit spreads (strawberry, raspberry, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp. calorie-free, fat-free marshmallow dip
  • 2 tbsp. calorie-free, fat-free chocolate dip or syrup

    Crumble cookies into small pieces. On bottom of a freezer safe dish, layer fruit spread, marshmallow and chocolate dip. Top with half of the cookie crumbles. Add another layer of fruit spread, marshmallow and chocolate dip. Add the rest of the cookie crumbles. Add one final layer of marshmallow and chocolate dip. Freeze for 30-45 minutes.

    If using two cookies, please enjoy 1/2 of the parfait at a time.

How much does it Cost?

A 2 week kit of Smart For Life cookies costs $133.90. The Smart For Life website also offers shakes, muffins, salad dressings, and soups to give a little more variety to the diet.


Clearly, as depicted by the testimonials on their website, the program has worked for thousands of people. The program also comes with great information on how to keep weight off. It is recommended to consult a doctor prior to starting this diet.

Visit the official Smart For Life website to place your order

Editors Note: The cookies used to be provided by Dr. Siegal however, since his departure from the "Smart for Life" brand, the cookies do have a slightly different taste and texture.

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Slow measured weight loss... as it should be... great way to learn portion control and benefit of small "meals" throughout the day.
Posted On:October 14, 2010, 11:56 pm
Hey...I was in here on 8-30-10 and I thought I'd drop in an update. I check in on my weight loss this Sunday 10-10-10. I've lost a total of 55 pounds! This diet works!! Good Luck to all...I'll check back in later:)
Posted On:October 10, 2010, 9:25 pm
Yalin singer
Excellent program, best testing cookie diet. Organic etc
Posted On:September 22, 2010, 1:54 pm
This diet is stupid... It's just making you eat low calories, there's nothing magical about these cookies. You would have a better/cheaper diet if you just ate sensibly throughout the day instead of eating these cookies... I checked the ingredient list also and really... urgh
Posted On:September 2, 2010, 7:52 pm
Folks if you want to lose weight this is the one for you! I started this diet on 8-7-10 and today 8-30-10...I've lost 30 LBS I LOST 20 POUNDS my 1st 2 weeks! I don't know what folks are saying you don't workout. I go swin 20 min. walk 15 min. and lift wights still 3X a week. FEEL GREAT...But got a long way to go. 8/7 380 today 350...I'll keep it going Good Luck to All, John
Posted On:August 30, 2010, 7:08 pm
Caroline - mtl
I've been on the diet for 7 days...weighed in and lost 6.4 lbs my first week. I have side effects...blurry vision at times, need to focus,,, see a few spots...perhaps its low blood pressure due to the fact we eat no more salt, calcium etc...but I'm really motivated to continue...anyone know if this is normal? Thanks
Posted On:August 25, 2010, 9:44 pm
I just started the diet, i'm on my day 2 ... it's not so bad, I haven't checked if i lost any weight, but i've been drinking lots of water and following the diet to the t. hopefully I loose what I wanna loose.
Posted On:August 4, 2010, 10:06 pm
It was hard to say if I like or don't but I think there is more that I don't like than I do. There are some pluses about this diet. I have had gestational diabetes (diabetes with pregnancy) 3 times which increases my risk of actually getting Type 2 diabetes. I know I need to eat small frequent meals to keep my blood sugars from spiking but having a 4 yr old, 2 and a half year old, and 9 month old, fixing 6 meals a day is just impossible. 1) Having them ready in cookie form seemed very plausible. The info they give you talks about insulin and so that is one of their theories on the frequent cookies. 2) The cookies aren't too bad. 3) You will lose weight, unless you are skinny already or already on some high protein diet. 4) The cookies do make you feel full (or maybe just bloated?) It's kind of a weird sensation as soon as I eat the cookie. The minuses are quite a few. 1)I assumed these cookies had a lot of vitamins and minerals added, they don't. You need to take a multivitamin, but truly, I don't know if that is even enough. My husband's work has protein shakes that have tons of vitamins and minerals. Not even the shakes with this diet have much nutrition. 2) This is basically a really low carb diet. The dinner meal all you get are a ton of veggies with very few carbs and nutrition, and lean meat. The only carbs you get throughout the day are the cookies. My diabetic diet allowed me almost 2.5 times as many carbs. I am afraid that, unless slowly (very slowly) adding carbs back in your diet, you will see a rapid weight gain, even eating sensibly. So if you do start the diet, be aware. 3) No variety. I am the kind of person who usually does not want the same thing more than 3 times in a week. I got the soups, shakes, and a couple of different cookies. I thought it would be enough but it is not enough variety. 4) I felt constipated a lot (even when drinking 20 oz water per cookie) 5) I also felt very gassy and a little nauseated. I decided to start my own version of the diet. I have a ton of cookies and will end up using them. I would like to eat 3 a day but I end up only eating 1. I started this about the 3rd day of my diet and it works. I must admit, the cookie diet weight loss was more rapid (almost 3 lbs in 2 days) but then I lost 2 pounds in 5 with my own version and I didn't feel deprived. With the cookies you get 5g protein, 15 g carbs, and 105 calories and I was eating them about every 2 hours (putting dinner in there too). I found a bunch of protein bars and got a ton of variety. They were all about 150 calories, more protein and the same, or a little more carbs. If I eat a cookie, then I eat again in 2 hours, if I eat a 150 calorie protein bar, I eat in 3 hours. I also allow myself about 30 g carbohydrates for dinner and try not to eat anything really greasy or fatty (though I did slip and ate whatever I wanted when I went to a family party and gained 2 lbs...maybe if I hadn't slipped I would have lost 4 lbs in 5 days on my own diet). I love how many varieties of protein bars I can choose from. Even some that are almost 300 calories, they are usually the bigger ones, I just cut them in half and eat only half at a time. Some keep me fuller than others so when I feel hungry, my next choice is the cookie, but that is not often. I also have found some shakes and bars with vitamins and minerals and makes me feel better about eating them than the cookies. For dinner I still eat the lean meat but I allow myself 30 g healthy carbs (whether it be fruit, or black beans, potatoes, or something like that). I try to keep the calories to about 400 for dinner. Next step to my health is adding exercise! Maybe soon when my 4 yr old starts going to preschool.
Posted On:July 28, 2010, 10:16 am
My wifa and I bought 5 weeks supply for 4 and then rebought for another 5 weeks. In 6 weeks we and down 50 lbs ( 28 and 22 ) and feel and look amazing. With another 50 lbs to go and very optimistic. Diabetes and blood pressure normal now.
Posted On:July 26, 2010, 9:06 pm
Hi everone! I am so excited about this site. There are so many resources. I used to be overweight and unhealthy until I decided to take charge of my life and my health. Since then I have lost 60lbs and I’m well on my way to my goal.I have so much more energy and wish I would have had the motivation sooner.My trainer stuck with me through it and she was absolutely amazing. Now I just use her for tune ups here and there when I need it. I am heading to the doctor today to see if I can stop my diabetes meds. I am hoping for the best. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Thanks Tammy
Posted On:July 21, 2010, 9:16 pm
I have been on the diet for only 5 days and have lose 4lbs. I find it easy to do and what I really like about the diet is it forces you to read every label while shopping for food. Not surprisingly the things we thought were good for us are loaded with sodium. Very bad for water retention and heart disease. Maintaining should be easy when we go off, as this diet teaches us how and what to eat for life. Can't wait to loose the 25lbs I want. Good luck everyone!
Posted On:July 19, 2010, 7:46 am
Sarah Seiderman
Too little variety, boring to be restricted to cookies all day! I can't stand to look at them any more. I also did not lose weight, although I followed it religiously. I only lost 2-1/2 pounds after 10 weeks of suffering with these cookies. The company's response is that I must have done something wrong. I did not. Would not recommend it to anyone.
Posted On:July 15, 2010, 1:45 pm
OH MY GOD.... TASTES LIKE A FUMING PILE OF CRAP. I had a batch of these and let the the hurling begin. I never knew the diet consisted of 1. Eat cookies 2. Allow gurgling to begin. 3. Run to bathroom and throw up. Success ... you have lost weight
Posted On:July 6, 2010, 1:36 pm
It works very well. Easy to follow, and i feel a lot of energy. I've lost 17 pounds so far (6 weeks), still have 10 pounds to go.
Posted On:June 24, 2010, 6:16 am
The meds they give you make you not even want food.
Posted On:June 20, 2010, 3:22 pm
Do you think a 14 year old girl could do this diet?
Posted On:June 9, 2010, 6:06 pm
Do these cookies really fill you up? I'm a night time eater - If I eat one cookie for breakfast - two for lunch - then eat a regular dinner and the other 3 cookies before bed - would this work - would I still lose weight ?
Posted On:June 8, 2010, 12:40 pm
i like it
Posted On:June 6, 2010, 10:30 am
kim matthews
my husband and i did this together. I lost 27 pounds in 8 weeks! he lost 21 pounds in 8 weeks. I liked this diet :)
Posted On:June 1, 2010, 9:46 am
Just turned 50 and exercise like a crazy guy but couldn't get results. This is the only program that works - lost 13 pounds in first 2 weeks. Need to drink plenty of water 4 to 6 large glasses a day - makes the cookies go down easier. eat plenty of veggies and a little protein for dinner - more water at night. You can cheat every once in a while but get back on the program.
Posted On:May 9, 2010, 11:45 am


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