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Smart for Life

A low calorie cookie diet supervised by a medical doctor.

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  • Established: 2004
  • Founder: Dr. Sasson Moulavi
  • Headquarters: Boca Raton, Florida
  • Accessibility: Centers and online
  • Diet Type: Cookie diet, low-calorie
  • Gender: Male and female
  • Coupons: Get started by saving with these Smart for Life Coupons
BACKGROUND

Eat decadent carbs like cookies and muffins and lose weight? Sounds great, doesn't it? That is the premise behind the Smart for Life diet. The program uses its own line of "no hunger" foods and its own interventions like vitamin injections that are used to correct any metabolic conditions. All of this is accomplished under the supervision of a medical doctor. Smart for Life promises to help you lose 12-15 pounds in one month as long as you adhere to their program.

The Smart for Life program is built on the premise that 25% of overweight or obese people have metabolic or hormonal conditions that prevent them from losing weight.

With a line of "no hunger" foods like muffins, cookies, soups, shakes and desserts, all of the foods are made with organic and natural ingredients and contain protein, fiber and amino acids. Most famous for the Smart cookie, the product line has expanded to include different flavors and products of their trademark line.

In the fall of 2010, Smart for Life introduced its first ever gluten-free product, a gluten-free Banana Chocolate Chip square. The square is low in calories and includes HeroFiber(TM), a super fiber, which includes ForteFiber(TM) Soluble Dietary Fiber, which helps to maintain cholesterol, glucose and insulin levels that are already within the normal range. By adding this new gluten-free product, the weight loss plan can now be followed by anyone who follows a gluten-free diet.

The program also includes education and motivation instruction to help you target the emotional and mental issues behind your cravings, binges and weight issues. As part of the program, you are teamed up with a physician who works one-on-one with you to customize a program and treat any underlying metabolic dysfunction that you may have.

Once you sign up, you undergo a comprehensive physical examination that includes blood work, an EKG, a Body Mass Index analysis and a discussion of the program vitamin and supplement component. In some cases, injections of Smart injections at done at specified Smart for Life Centers.

You work with the Smart for Life staff at the designated Smart for Life Centers each week to monitor your weight loss. Once you've reached your weight goal, you enter into Phase 2 of the program which is the maintenance stage. Constant contact with the trained health professionals is required until you feel confident enough to keep your weight under control on your own.

But the Smart for Life Medical program also requires that you receive an injection of hCG, a growth hormone that increases during pregnancy. hCG is a very controversial diet practice because its long-term health effects are not known and it is not accepted or approved of by the medical community. The Smart for Life Medical Weight Loss program recommends the dieter receive this Smart Injection, which is intended to kick-start your weight loss and gives you a serious boost in energy. Just how long you must receive the injections is not known.

Read also: hCG Diet

PRO
  • There is medical supervision for the Smart for Life program
  • Addresses underlying emotional issues of eating
  • Teaches healthy eating habits that will allow you to maintain weight loss
  • Food products are organic and all-natural
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar levels and metabolism
CON
  • No scientific proof that the metabolic and hormonal conditions cited as being dysfunctional in overweight people are in fact dysfunctional
  • Eating the trademarked Smart for Life line of food is no magic bullet for losing weight
  • Smart for Life food line may be more of a marketing hype than the real deal
  • Extremely low calorie diet
  • Uses hCG injections as a way to stimulate weight loss, a very controversial and potentially dangerous practice
DIET and NUTRITION

On the Smart for Life eating program (the program doesn't like using the word "diet") you consume seven balanced meals throughout the day, which are intended to keep you in the fat burning zone continuously.

Six of those meals are Smart for Life cookies and one healthy, low fat dinner of chicken or fish with five cups of vegetables as outlined in your Program Guide included in your order.

The Smart for Life eating routine is built along the concept of mini-meals and retraining your body and mind to eat small and portion-controlled meals regularly throughout the day.

Daily caloric intake for Smart for Life is about 800 calories per day, eating seven meals and their food products, namely the Smart for Life cookies, and a healthy, low fat, high protein dinner.

Smart for Life cookies contain a proprietary blend of amino acids, fiber, and vitamins that are designed to quell cravings and give you the nutrition your body needs.

In addition, you can also use the cookies as a basis for certain Smart for Life recipes, like a Summer Parfait, which adds sugar-free preserves and chocolate dips to crumbled cookies.

There are also Smart Shakes, Smart Muffins and Smart Soups which can also be eaten as part of the Smart for Life program. One shake is the equivalent of two cookies and one soup or one muffin is the equivalent of one cookie.

The Smart for Life products contain HeroFiberTM, a super fiber blend, fish oil, plant sterols, inulin, flax seed, whole oats, and canola oil. There is also a gluten-free Smart for Life Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Square for those who cannot tolerate the protein gluten.

EXERCISE

On the Smart for Life diet, exercise is only a part of the maintenance of your weight loss. You will work with a Smart for Life health representative to work out an exercise plan that allows you to maintain your goal weight.

When you do start an exercise program on the Smart for Life program, you are encouraged to increase your intake of water and other clear and calorie-free liquids.

Once you have reached your goal weight, it is recommended that you exercise moderately for at least 3 hours per week.

CONCLUSION

The Smart for Life program is not that much different from other similar diet programs that have you consuming specific trademarked food in order to achieve weight loss. But a very stark red flag with the Smart for Life program is its requirement of hCG injections to jumpstart weight loss. This potentially dangerous and controversial weight loss practice has unknown health effects and is not accepted by the medical community.

The good news is that the Smart for Life program does incorporate such an eating plan with the addition of using their specific foods as well as an exercise plan once you reach your maintenance phase.Moreover, this program does instill in the dieter tools and knowledge for keeping weight off for good.

Even though the Smart for Life is under the supervision of medical doctors who can monitor your progress safely, you are strongly encouraged to exercise caution before spending any money on this weight loss program.

Rather, research on successful weight loss programs has shown us that long-term and immediate weight loss comes from a smart exercise program and an eating plan that includes a low calorie, low saturated fat diet.

Common Misspellings

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Nancee

Apparently Steve has inaccurate information. This has nothing to do with the suppervised program I was on...Smart For Life Weight Management of Jupiter. I lost 22 pounds in 2 months back in 2005 and have not gained an ounce back. This program works. There is a multitude of choices with their organic products. Cookies, muffins, bagelships, soups, etc. The support that you get on the supervised program can not even compare to these want to be programs out there. and the price? When the day is done...I savemoney every day....I'm not spending money on unhealthy nonsence that I use to.$7.00 a day is nothing for 6 meals!

posted Oct 23rd, 2008 5:33 pm


Manny

So many critics!! I have been in health and nutrition arena for about 10 years now and I have to say that I don't need to lose any weight yet I still consume 4 cookies per day just to maintain a healthy lifestyle. To add, I have many clients that are involved in the Smart for Life program and I have seen AMAZING RESULTS. Here is a program that is majority oraganics and healthy all natural ingredients in the shape of a cookie wich makes it extremely convenient for todays busy workforce. AND, to add to whatever Steve said about the Chapter 11 issue, DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST. OH and JANE....... your negativity is a fad hints the reason why no matter what diet you take part in, it will never work for you, HAVE FUN @ McDonalds!!! ONE MORE THING... CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHERE YOU CAN GET A FULL DAY OF HEALTHY ALL NATURAL ORGANIC MEALS FOR $8???? DIDN'T THINK SO!!!

posted Oct 23rd, 2008 5:00 pm


Heather

I ordered mine through costco online and it's a better price - makes it easy for anyone to use. I am suprised at how bad the cookies are to get down I was supposed to eat another one last night and just couldn't bring myself to do it, I bought a 14 day supply so I am going to stick with it but I would not do this diet again. Also I am concerned that only 800 cals a day is not enough to keep metabolism from slowing plus I exercise daily and burn off at least 400cals from that. Would recommend it though since you don't have to measure of weigh anything - it's brainless just full of willpower!

posted Oct 16th, 2008 6:44 pm


Steve

Filing for reorganization? You believe them? They're filing to avoid the settlement judgement of the lawsuit they lost.

Agreed with you. The cookies are bland, but it works.

I just hope their supply chain doesn't crumble before I reach my weight goal.

posted Oct 14th, 2008 10:36 pm


joan

OK so the cookies are bland but they work! The weight is coming off and it seems like I'm constantly eating-I never get hungry. Oh, and bye the bye, only the franchisee faction of the company is filing for reorganization. The rest of the company isn't affected.

posted Oct 14th, 2008 5:54 pm


Steve

For your information,\nThe Smart for Life company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Sept 25th 2008).

posted Oct 5th, 2008 10:24 pm


Ariana

I started 2 weeks ago and lost 15 lbs so far!! the cookies are not so bad , the chocolate rasberry are really good!!

posted Sep 1st, 2008 8:32 am


jane

this diet is expensive and boring. Its another fad diet that will lead you to gain what little you lose back plus 10 more

posted Aug 8th, 2008 8:17 am


Gina Savage

I lost 99 pounds in 6 1/2 months and went from a size 22 to a size ZERO. I never felt better and in my opinion, annyone that has more than 10 pounds to lose should be on the medical program and start now! This diet changed my life, my attitude toward food and my way of thinking about food. I no longer have to let the food control me! I control what I put in my mouth. I would rather eat cookies and lose weight than be fat for the rest of my life. This is the only diet that has ever worked for me and stopped the cravings completely. I am no longer an emotional eater and never will be again.

posted Jul 28th, 2008 9:11 am


Stacy

i have been doing this diet for a little over a week and have lost 10lbs so far. But i am hungry all the time. and the cookies don't taste that good in my opinion. they are tiny too. i ordered a 5 week supply -- so i am going to stick with it. wish me luck!

posted Jul 25th, 2008 5:51 pm


Margo

i'll admit i was a bit taken back by the price. BUT- then i tried them and it was totally worth it!! A friend at work had them and let me try so then i knew i was hooked. i was skepticall too, but the whole plan is like meal replacement, like slim-fast. a lot of variety, tastes really good and there's something that feels good and naughty about eating cookies on my diet!! :)~

posted Jun 23rd, 2008 5:10 pm



 

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