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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started the program 2 1/2 weeks ago. have lost 15 lbs already. cookies are pretty good but i add a very small amount of sugar free jam to them. i have never dieted before but this program is very easy. 30 lbs more to go...
Posted On:May 7, 2010, 11:00 am
Ernesto Martinez (YOAD Staff)
@Karen - Hi Karen. If you don't eat meat I think you can get away with eating a high protein soy based meat alternative along with the recommended veggies for dinner.
Posted On:May 2, 2010, 8:08 pm
Can anyone tell me what to eat if I don't eat meat????
Posted On:May 2, 2010, 6:05 pm
Okay, so I have to let the readers on this blog know this. I was on this diet for 7 weeks and lost a total of 18 lbs. When I started the diet I noticed a change in my eyes. Blurry, couldn't focus on the words had to refocus my eyes on any words or computer. would get a double vision type thing going on even went to the pharmacy to try the lowest on the readers as I have perfect vision normally. Well, I didn't connect the dots till today. I stopped eating the cookies 2 weeks ago and the symptoms went away, not thinking that it could be the cookies doing this eye thing, I thought well, I will have a day or two and eat cookies and then maintain and eat healthy other days. Then Bam again today I had 5 cookies and my eyes started getting all blurry and double vision.. so anywho, I won't be eating these again, doesn't happen in everyone I know but everyone is different so I figured I would post it just in case others have had this happen and didn't connect the two together. My body must not like something or I may be allergic to something in the ingredients either way, just wanted to get the word out. Hope this helps anyone. Too bad to because I liked the ease of just grabbing a cookie. Please feel free to comment on this if anyone has had any symptoms like this or any for that matter.
Posted On:April 30, 2010, 6:53 pm
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Posted On:April 30, 2010, 10:25 am
I have been on the diet for 11 days. I had no difficulty adjusting to the eating of the cookies. I am so desperate I knew this is what is needed. The first few days I did lose about 4 lbs. My problem now is that I am constipated. I know that I probably have lost more than the 4lbs but the constipation is giving me a false reading on the scale. Any suggestions? I have increased my vegetables for my dinner meal. I have a 5 week supply of cookies and I am going to finish it up.
Posted On:April 24, 2010, 7:46 am
Lost my 20 and look like myself again. Good cookies, very easy for a busy person who travels, changed my relationship to food. Really worked well for me. Drink lots of water!
Posted On:April 18, 2010, 4:47 am
Hi Kelly, I lost 50 lbs on the diet and have managed to keep it off for over 2 years. After you go off the cookies, you sould eat sensibly and have small frequesnt meals throught the day. Portion control and exercise are a MUST!. It's not complicated. You have to make the lifestyle change, otherwise the weight will come back. It's all in your hands! Don't focus/obsess over your weight once you go off the diet/cookies. Instead, judge your weight by your clothes. If they begin to be snug, you know that you are off track, but don't wait, hit the gym, eat better, etc. Like I said, it's a life style change.
Posted On:April 13, 2010, 7:40 pm
I started the cookie diet a week ago today and I lost 5 lbs without working out.The cookies taste pretty good as long as you drink the water.the brownies taste much better and the shakes are good too.I'm going to hang in there and hopefully I will have success next week as well.remember if you cheat your only cheating yourself..
Posted On:April 13, 2010, 12:36 am
So I am back for an update: I am starting my 5th week tommorrow, went for my weigh in today and I am down 17 lbs. I started this March 9 and I must say, I love the results. My fiance started the same time as I did and he has lost 18 lbs. I really want to keep the weight off once I reach my goal which is 13-15 more pounds, but I guess I will have to maintain by eating clean, if anyone out there can give advice after the diet and what to do, as I won't be on these forever please feel free to let me know..I will await a response, and def keep the updates coming...
Posted On:April 5, 2010, 9:11 am
I used the diet during the Christmas vacation and actually lost 18 lbs. Unfortunately, I went off the diet and regained 10 pounds. After seeing the comments from the people who managed to keep it off, I see that I need to eat more on the weekends and remain on the diet during the week. Thanks for the inspiration.
Posted On:March 30, 2010, 9:27 am
Ernesto (YOAD Staff)
Hi Jenny, I do not recommend these cookies for kids. I'm not a doctor but I do believe that a 9 year old child requires a certain level of nutrition to maintain a healthy level of growth. I think it's best to take your child to a doctor / nutritionist so a solid plan can be put together to help your child lose the weight as naturally and healthy as possible.
Posted On:March 29, 2010, 1:21 pm
I was wondering if SMF diet if safe for a child aged about 9 years old?I,ve tried to conrtrol his diet but it's not really working.He'd need to lose about 20-25 pounds.
Posted On:March 29, 2010, 9:13 am
I started the cookies the Monday after Super Bowl 2009. I have been on them ever since and have lost the 20 lbs I wanted to lose and have maintained it since June 2009. I do not eat the cookies every day - only on weekdays. On the weekends, I go off the cookies and eat pretty much whatever I have a taste for. I have used this method ever since starting the program. I found I have a new "set point" weight and even after NOT adhering the the program during the holdiays, once I started it up again, I quickly went right back down to where I want to be. Let's face it...the cookies are not really cookies. If you don't think of them as a cookie, the taste is not bad at all. I do not care for the other products (soup, shakes, muffins) but have had fabulous results with the cookies. It works if you give it a chance!
Posted On:March 26, 2010, 1:45 pm
So I am reporting back... I left a message on March 10th stating I started on March 6th which was a Saturday! This is a diet you need to be honest with yourself and you do feel like your starving for about a week, in all actuality it was three days I was insanely hungry but I stuck with it, drank a whole lot of Crystal light. Two weeks into it and I lost 14.2 pounds, and thankgod Im not starving anymore combining the soups muffins and shakes has really satisfied me where I am no longer hungry! This is finally the first diet that has helped me lose weight, with my annoying thyroid condition and as well as having three kids that hasnt helped my metabolism I am very pleased! The first week is rough the second is nothing... I am making Saturdays my day of "leisure eating" not that I'll eat crazy but I had thai food lastnight and enjoyed it... I couldnt eat all of it, my husband ate the rest! So Im double thumbs up all the way this diet. Oh and really ... these cookies indeed are not the best, but seriously its a diet product, if something was to taste "good" we wouldnt be losing the weight that people are. Goodluck and happy dieting! Heather
Posted On:March 21, 2010, 12:23 pm
Steven Edelman
I Like the diet although the only cookie I eat is the chocholate chip. I do not care for the other cookies
Posted On:March 20, 2010, 12:27 am
Marquis Pascala
I was hungry for the 3 weeks that I tried it. I became severely constipated!
Posted On:March 16, 2010, 2:16 am
I like the cookies i eat most of my food at night.So eating most of the day is a good thing. You do not have to go hungry there are foods you can eat all day with the cookies. So if you get that feeling eat a free food.
Posted On:March 15, 2010, 6:05 pm
Well,I started the diet on Tues. March 9, 2010. it's been 5 days and I've lost 6 lbs so far. I will give it a month and see where I'm at on my goal weight. I want to lose 30lbs. so I will keep everyone informed of my progress. Does anyone eat anything else for dinner except for chicken, veggie and a salad? I want some variety but I like meat too. Appreciate any feed back..
Posted On:March 13, 2010, 6:10 pm
i did not enjoy the taste of the cookies. I was motivated for the first few days but just couldn't stomach eating the cookies for every meal. It lasted about a week and although i did lose some weight i had to find another program to follow. glad it's been working for others though. It was just not for me.
Posted On:March 10, 2010, 6:42 pm


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