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Imagine a parallel universe where instead of judiciously counting calories to shed those extra pounds, all you had to do was eat sweets. Sounds too good to be true, right?
Well, it isn't, claims a slew of marketers who swear that dieting can be as easy as eating fewer meals and more cookies.
A handful of so-called cookie diets are out there -- all with the same gist: Substitute your breakfast and lunch with protein-packed cookies and finish off your day with a balanced meal; then sit back and watch the weight disappear.
For anyone living in a post-infomercial world, a quick-fix diet involving little more than baked goods might bring out the skeptic in you. So let's break this cookie diet down and see if it really adds up.
One hundred percent of the reason why diets work is because they're low-calorie.
Dawn Jackson Blatner, registered dietitian and author of "The Flexitarian Diet"