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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

Smart Four Life, Smart for Live, Smart Life, Soup and Cookie Diet, Cookie and Soup Diet, Smart Cookie Diet, Smart for Life Diet, Smart Life Diet, the cookiediet.com


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(Page 7 of 11, 211 total comments)

Kristine

My husband saw the diet advertised at Costco for $80 off the 42 day plan so we ordered two packages. We were very skeptical but figured that Costco backs everything they sell 100% so we had no reason not to try.

1. Cost - there is not a center near us so we are doing the at home plan. By the time I add up our grocery bills, our weekly restaurant bills, our Starbucks bills, the candy at the gas station and everything else - the diet is damn cheap.

2. Fatigue and hunger - 300lb husband ate his 6 cookies and chicken breast with salad for dinner and had no issues. We realized that we aren't really hungry just that we were used to having really full tummys. I was tired my first 3 days but then made sure I took my multivitamin and things were much better. I also had issues with hunger at first so I ate half a chicken breast on my way into work and never had another hunger issue.

3. Taste - not as good as a Big Mac but definitely doable. I need mine nuked for 10 seconds and sometimes I add spray butter and splenda/cinnamon. Yummy. Straight out of the box is not very good but okay in a pinch.

4. Results? - We have only been on it for one week. I started at 218.8 and weighed in at 208.5 on 7th morning. Husband has lost a few more than me.

5. Conclusion - It works and it's fairly painless. I can see this working until I hit my goal weight. I have tried every diet out there and this one has the best results and I feel better on this one than any other.

6. Just an observation - most of the negative reviews seem to be people offering opinions without having actually tried the diet themselves. Most people that are looking into this diet have tried some crazy stuff to lose weight. We don't need a 110lb fitness pro to tell us all we have to do is to put down the donut. We are all wired differently - I don't judge you - you don't judge me. This diet works for a lot of people that have given up hope. Please don't talk people out of something that could make better their lives (and help them live longer).

posted Jul 29th, 2009 8:34 am


Jen

Like most of the other comments I have been on pretty much every diet around. I have read a lot of books on eating healthy and lots of "diet books. I saw an advertisement for the Smart 4 Life program and decided to look into it. The reviews really made me want to try it but I didn't think it would work or that I'd be able to stay on it...but hey why not try it, I've done all the other ones.
I couldn't believe how much the food actually fills you up. I ordered the 3 week supply from Costco that gave a variety of muffins and cookies as well as marinades and dressings. I ate the cookies the first day but quickly grew tired of the taste and texture. I do however LOVE the muffins! The chocolate and cranberry are so delicious. I could definitely last a long time with only them but I want to incorporate a cookie each day since it is higher in protein. The muffins are very very small but since you are eating every 2 hrs they keep you satisfied. Make sure to drink lots of water because it also helps with keeping you full. I just ordered, off of the S4L website, the bagels and muffins pack. Really excited to try the bagels for a little more variety. I go back and forth through out the day between the cranberry and chocolate. I usually do a cranberry for breakfast and chocolate after dinner (like dessert). I love that you can have whatever you want (with in their guidlines) for dinner. I thought there was no way I could have dinner without carbs but after eating basically what tastes like bread all day, i really look forward to chicken or a salad. There are so many things you can make with lean protein and vegetables. I am only on my first week and plan to just weigh myself once a week but I feel great and I'm not hungry or craving anything.It's actually hard to remember to eat all 6. I have to write down what time I ate so I remember to do it again in 2 hrs since I'm not hungry. For anyone who has tried it all and hates to cook and plan there meals...and is really busy...this diet is for you!

posted Jul 27th, 2009 10:21 pm


erin

well i just got my cookies today and you guys are really freaking me out about the taste hahaha
but im going to give it a shot anyways...
ive tried everything and my friend did this and lost 30lbs in 2 months

i just have some questions...
i eat cookies all day until its time to eat dinner????
and i got the variety pack with soups, shakes, muffins, puddings and all other kinds of things....
when am i supposed to eat them?????????????

answers would be greatly appreciated
thanks

posted Jul 23rd, 2009 7:28 pm


kitty

Honestly, these cookies taste absolutely horrendous---this coming from someone who is accustomed to diet food and basically has a palate for anything. The first batch I got through Costco had the most chemical-laden tasting chocolate chip cookies imaginable. My second batch was much, much better, but still about a 1 on the taste scale. The aftertaste is sickening.

If you can stomach the cookies, you WILL see results. I did within the first week. But, unlike some people on here, I couldn't get used to the taste AT ALL.

The Hollywood Cookie Diet cookies taste 100% better, but almost too good in comparison. They're not as filling. I'm trying Dr. Seigel's variety next because the Smart for Life cookies are gross.

posted Jul 20th, 2009 4:29 pm


AverageMom

Does anyone feel hungry with these meal replacements?

posted Jul 19th, 2009 2:59 pm


Chris

I tried the three week cookie diet and lost a fast 8 pounds in a week (M, 6', 208# > 200#) What I liked the best was the convenience, grab a pack in the morning and go. You never have to worry about prepping meals except for dinner. The cookies are fair tasting but you really do get used to them quickly. I tended to cheat on the weekends and it did show up on the scale. If you want a REALLY easy diet give it a try. I also found at the end of the three weeks I wake up and wonder what I am going to eat for breakfast and find myself missing the ease of "I think I will eat a cookie."

posted Jul 10th, 2009 11:43 am


Kelly

I've been on SFL cookie diet for a week now. I want to lose 25 lbs. I have lost 5 lbs in the first week! The first 3 days were tough, but now not so much. I like the choc chip cookies the best. I have found taking a good multi-vitamin helps me feel great. I do realize this is not a long-term solution, but hope to hit my goal and continue small meals throughout the day, bump up calories slightly and kick up my exercise. I do think I'll always want some cookies in the freezer for on-the-go days when I know I won't eat at all or eat sensibly otherwise! Love it so far!

posted Jul 6th, 2009 5:55 pm


Carolina

Besides the program, I love the fact that you have the support from the center that you go. I go the one in Aventura, and I love it. So far I have lost 26 pounds in 9 weeks. I love the chocolate cookies..If you want to lose weight, this is the best program ever.

posted Jun 30th, 2009 11:03 am


Susie

Great program due to the tremendous support of the office staff, techs, and the Doctor! I have lost 27 pounds .. only 7 more to go to my goal in only 3 months! I've learned that small meals 6 times per day is most effective way to loose and maintain weight loss. The oatmeal-raisin cookie is my favorite - I actually crave it!

posted Jun 24th, 2009 7:35 am


Carolina

Well, So far I have lost 22 pouds in 6 weeks..Happy than ever..I tried everything before I start this program, and to be honest..This program works..I never fell hungry..Good Luck to the people who just recently start SMART FOR LIFE..The first week is difficult..But then..It is a piece of cake..I love the chocolate cookies and muffins..Take care.

posted Jun 16th, 2009 2:52 pm


Kim

starting today. need to lose about 36 pounds...
will check back and let u know how I am doing. my mom is doing this with me also.
we both tried the fenphedra pills and both only lost one pound in a weeks time with no appetite decrease.
so far we like the blueberry cookie and the chicken soup today...
good luck to all...
:)

posted Jun 15th, 2009 6:00 pm


Jenna

Hi Carolina! I live in Montreal, Canada and picked up my products downtown. Well, I'm on day 3 of the diet. I've already lost 4 pounds since Monday! The first two days were the hardest! Specially in the evening. Also, I've only been able to eat 4 cookies, and today I had 3. At around 3pm I find that I'm loosing energy, so I'm going to start buying those 4 calories 0 sugar energy shots to tie me thru until supper. Anyways, today is much, much better. I don't feel hungry at all. It's hard for me to be very physically active during the day because I work in an office, but I do go for 30 min brisk walks with the dog when I get home in the evening...so far so good! I'll keep you posted and good luck to you as well!!

posted Jun 3rd, 2009 4:18 pm


Mary

The SFL cookies have been getting a bad rap from people. I don't know where they get their SFL cookies, but I enjoy them. They really taste good and they taste even better if you freeze them. I lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks, and I just love it. Long live the cookies!!

posted Jun 3rd, 2009 6:54 am


Carolina

Hi Jenna,
I wish you the best with the program. What center are you going? I go the one in Aventura..It is great..The chocolates cookies are muffins are delicious. Every day I see that my clothes fit better..I don't feel hungry, and the most important you don't have to think about what you are eating..Also this program doesn't demand you to exercise like crazy..You could walk if you want to, but it is not mandatory..You will see the results soon..Good Luck to Everybody who is doing this program..

posted Jun 2nd, 2009 5:28 pm


Jenna

I just started the SFL diet today...I'm 23, 5'6 and 209 lbs. I had my first cookie this morning and I'm really surprised how filling it is, but I'm not crazy about the taste..I will keep you all updated!!! I'll weigh in again next Monday!

posted Jun 1st, 2009 11:03 am


carolina

Well...I love it...I love it..This is the only thing I can say..This program is so easy to follow. I work and study full time..I have been on the program for 5 weeks, and I have lost 17 pounds..My clothes fit better... Also I don't feel hungry as I used to..The chocolate cookies are the best...If you really want to lose weight and you are tired of waiting for the pounds to come off. This is the program for you..Believe...THE BEST!!!

posted May 27th, 2009 1:32 pm


andy

The problem I see here is that once on the 'Diet" your stuck on it for life everyone I hear about losing all this weight keep mentioning the same thing as long as you stick to the program you keep the weight off but as soon as you stop the weight comes back just like all other "diets" and back you go for more cookies, so they‚??ve got you as a client as long as your too lazy to eat a sensible diet an do a little exercise on your own I tried an experiment I ate 2 chocolate chip cookies and a glass of water when I was hungry and ate a sensible dinner and guess what I lost 5 lbs in a week. In my opinion. Fad died like all the others. Listen learn to eat properly and do a little exercise may be the loss wont be as dramatic but it will stay off and you‚??ll be a lot healthier.

posted May 21st, 2009 7:43 am


theekr

diet Is easyy soo far soo good but

I WaS WONDERING (for those who use it) IF ITS OKAY TO NOT EAT ALL 6 COOKIES I STARTED THE PROGRAM YESTERDAY IM ( A FEMALE 5'10, 220 LBS) AND WOULD THAT EFFECT MY RESULTS.? IM NOT HUNGRY AFTER EATING 3 AND MY EVENING MEAL

posted May 19th, 2009 10:36 pm


losingit

My husband and I have been on it for five weeks. He weighed in today has lost a little over 25 pounds. I don't weigh in until Thursday, but as of last week I had lost 21.
I like the shakes in the bottle, even though they are a tad more expensive. The chocolate is really good.

posted May 18th, 2009 9:59 pm


Andrea

I LOVE THIS PROGRAM.15 POUNDS DOWN IN THREE WEEKS..I AM SO HAPPY..FULL OF ENERGY. I NEED TO LOSE 36 POUNDS...(I CAN BELIEVE THAT IS ONLY 36) WITH THIS PROGRAM I AM PRETTY SURE THAT BY AUGUST I WILL BE DOWN TO 140. BELIEVE ME IF YOU FOLLOW IT THE WAY IT IS..YOU WILL SE RESULTS..FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO THE PROGRAM, IT WORKS..THERE IS NOT DOUBT IT ABOUT.

posted May 18th, 2009 1:33 pm



 

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