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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So I started this on Saturday and I couldnt help but weigh myself today and I couldnt believe I've lost 3 pounds already... so whoo-hoo! I usually work-out everyday but not for the last 2weeks due to surgery on my leg... although when I work-out I can't seem to lose the rest of my weight..about 20-30 pounds! I think my thyroid dosent help me much either! So Im quite motivated to reach my goal:) As one person mentioned I would love to start a support group with this,! The only thing really I have been dissappointed in is that it says to call which I did and left a message and nobody called back! So the "support" of the company is non existing, but hey they provide a great diet:) The oatmeal cookies i really have to choke down they are so bitter.... everything else is quite ok, well their tolerable... I eat them with a! I have not told anyone except my husband Im on this diet so I cant wait till people notice! Oh and from many positive replies on how this works, I think the dislikes are not being truthful to themself and shoving more food down there throats than they are suppose to! Its obviously a very self discipline constructed diet.. its very black and white and results are proven!
Posted On:March 10, 2010, 1:51 pm
I am a picky eater and I like the cookies, the shakes and the cupcakes. I ordered the variety pack through Costco. Sometimes I add a little dash of salt on top of the cookies (probably makes me retain more water, but I figure I am already giving up calories so I allow myself a little salt.) In one week I have already lost 6 lbs. I don't think that I will see that result week after week because most weigh lost on diets in the first week is water weight, but I think this is a good diet to get me to my goal, then I can work on maintaining that with healthy eating and exersize.
Posted On:March 10, 2010, 12:32 pm
I've been on the smartforlife weight loss program now for a month and a half and have lost 21 lbs. I absolutely love it and recommend the program. I go to the St. Lucie location and the staff is absolutely supportive and are focused on your success.
Posted On:March 9, 2010, 10:15 pm
Yesterday I completed my first week. I have lost 6 lbs. Hopefully I will keep up the good work.
Posted On:March 9, 2010, 1:18 pm
Mary Ellen Wade
Lost 22 lb. in five weeks. Feel great!! Oatmeal Raisin cookie is my favorite.
Posted On:March 5, 2010, 10:54 pm
This is day three for me. I do feel a little hungry, but Iam determined to give this a fair shot. The cookies are tasty.I wanted to make sure I was doing this correctly. I have 6 cookies a day , eat every 2-3 hours, and have 10 oz. of chicken or fish with veggies in the evening?My friend gave me some cookies for the first week and I am not quite sure.On the website it said we could have certain frozen dinners.
Posted On:March 3, 2010, 12:11 pm
I am on my 2nd week of this diet and I love it!!! I lost 7 pounds the first week. If there is anyone who just started email maybe we could keep eachother motivated over the next few months!!
Posted On:March 2, 2010, 11:05 am
today is my first day on the cookie diet, so far so good, but I am hungry so Im going to eat 1/2 of my dinner protein for lunch. Cant wait Wish me luck
Posted On:March 2, 2010, 10:10 am
9.5 lbs in a week? thats great! i had my first weigh in yesterday..6.5 lbs. :) but i actually feel it in my clothes already which is the great part!so works for me too! :)
Posted On:March 2, 2010, 6:35 am
I did the cookie diet for 3 months the first time and lost 28 lbs. On a weight watchers modified plan I lost an additional 10. Started cookie diet again a week ago and am down another 9.5 lbs in a week. Works for me
Posted On:March 1, 2010, 10:22 am
I just started the SFL diet, and wondering how much weight have you all lost the 1 week? and should I weigh myself every day?
Posted On:February 26, 2010, 2:16 pm
I just started this diet earlier this week on tuesday. I have not weighed myself yet since i'm waiting until monday to do my weekly weigh in. (i think its pointless to sit there checking it daily, hearing you lost 6-7 pounds sounds better than half or 1 pound each anyhow, point is, I just want to comment how I am having a great start and just feel great already! the diet is extremely easy! The cookies are so satisfying. Eating every two hours is wonderful! Time goes by sooo fast, and i'm really never hungry! The cookies have really taken away any urge or desire for junk food. Or that sweet tooth you get. And I feel so much lighter, and higher spirited just cause i love how this feels! I don't feel less energetic, and unlike some negative comments where you hear how people have ended up in the hospital..i need to listen to your body! For me..this diet feel great so far..and knowing that i'm on it is motivation enough to just eat healthier and be more careful. If I were to feel less all means..i would eat something..but make sure its healthy. Thats what its all about anyway. We all know this is just a booster train you to eat smaller and healthier. If you feel like you're body is lacking need to adjust but in a healthy manner. Its all science!..You are what you eat..and we all know that! I got fat cause I ate garbage. This diet tries to correct your eating habits. It sounds and may feel drastic to most people..however i think when you are emotionally and truly ready for change..its not hard! Big deal if you decide to eat a bit more..and take in more calories..and lose weight slower..just learn to eat! I think thats the importance here. Losing the weight faster is just more motivational. Feeling nice and light..and hydrated..oh dear..i can't even count the times I visit the washroom in a day! It just feels great! And you can't say its not easy! not thinking about what to prepare to eat for your daily meals. its cheaper than eating out when you haven't prepared something..and you end up wasting money on foods high in calories and fat! i simply cannot stress how great this diet feels! I expected it to be hard..but it really isn't. Its a no brainer! I can't wait to see my progress on monday..and in 3 months from now! :)
Posted On:February 26, 2010, 8:04 am
I needed to lose 15-20 lbs to get my weight back down to 175-180. I originally started off at 218 and brought my weight down to 200 through exercise. I hit a wall and couldn't get past 199. I decided to to try the program. First couple of days I was miserable and I was hungry. Soon my body adjusted to the lack of food and the cookies were enough to take my hunger away. I continued exercising but discovered I lacked the energy and I was starving afterwards. I temporarily gave up exercise for this diet. 3 weeks later I have dropped my weight down to 188 and have another 8 lbs to go. I feel the best I have felt in a while. I am extremely disciplined and stuck to the diet. Unfortunately I had my sons birthday, another family event, and a friends birthday. I cheated 3 times out of this three week period and still posted a decent amount of weight loss. Cheating included birthday cake and alcohol. Pros: This diet is easy if you have self control, it gets hard when you are at work and people are eating the best smelling food on the planet. Results are immediate and keep you motivated. I have to stop the diet for 8 days due to a training class and I don't want to be focused. Its easy to pick up where you left off. Cons: You can do this diet with food you already have in the house. Just package up 100 calorie snacks and go. The cookies make it easy but if you don't have the money there are other ways to do it. Cost
Posted On:February 18, 2010, 9:55 pm
Ernesto (YOAD Staff)
@ Rashi - Hi Rashi, thanks for your feedback. Yep, these are all genuine comments from people just like you. We encourage honest feedback :-)
Posted On:February 18, 2010, 3:40 pm
I'm surprised to read some of the reviews. Are they genuine opinions or the company's sales-people promoting their crapy product. Seriously the cookies don't really help you loose that much weight. Only a few pounds during the first few days and that's it. This diet is not good at all. Don't waste your money.....
Posted On:February 18, 2010, 1:25 am
Ernesto (YOAD Staff)
@Linda Bowden - Hi Linda. I'm not sure why your meats are coming out so bland. When I'm cooking chicken breast, I will usually use a meat pounder (or equivalent) to tenderize the meat after seasoning. For seasoning I use Adobo (found in the spanish food isle). There are also healthy marinades you can buy to put your lean meats in overnight to give it extra flavor. As far as veggies, the frozen veggies that come in the microwavable bags (made by Green Giant) are very tasty with little to no seasoning at all. The goal is to get creative so you don't get bored eating the same stuff. Here are some more recipe ideas from the Smart for Life website.
Posted On:February 15, 2010, 4:29 pm
Linda Bowden
I don't mind the cookies. The problem I'm having is the one meal a day. I am not a cook so it's hard for me to make bland foods edible. I'm so used to meat and pork. The no taste is awful. Any suggestions please?
Posted On:February 14, 2010, 6:07 pm
lost 4 lbs. in first 5 days
Posted On:February 13, 2010, 12:39 am
Posted On:January 31, 2010, 10:43 pm
It is day 6 of my diet and I lost almost 7 lbs; Costco had the 2 week supply of cookies $20.00 off, so they came to $74.99; I bought one box of chocolate chip and one box of oatmeal. Pop the cookie into the micro for 12 seconds and they taste very good actually; I alternate between flavours; drink a glass of water with each cookie and then have 10-12 oz serving of fish or chicken with some vegetables. SO FAR SO GOOD; I end up eating a cookie about every 2 hours or so and have one leftover for after dinner with my tea.
Posted On:January 31, 2010, 8:33 am


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