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Cookie diet is ‘smart for life’

Lose weight while eating six cookies a day.

Sound too good to be true?

According to Lloyd and Karleen McLain, owners of Smart for Life in Farragut, it’s true and it works.

Lloyd and Karleen have collectively lost at least 35 pounds in the Smart for Life diet, in which a dieter eats six specially designed cookies instead of the more traditional breakfast and lunch.

Dieters end each day with a low-starch, low-fat dinner.

The cookie was invented by a doctor in south Florida for his patients more than 30 years ago. Since then, the cookie has been patented and the Smart for Life franchise begun.

“There are certain percentages of fats, carbohydrates and protein in the cookie, along with a slight amount [24 grams per day] of sugar. They’re kind of like little mini-meals throughout the day,” said Lloyd McLain.

“The process is that you’re eating six cookies a day and with them, eight ounces of water. About every two hours, you’re eating a cookie, so your mind kind of perceives that it’s being fed a lot.

“The surprising thing about all of this is that hunger is not really a big issue,” he added.

Smart for Life offers its clients two programs: one doctor supervised, the other self-administered.

The doctor-supervised program begins with a full examination. Under doctor supervision, a client is put on an 800 to 1000 calorie diet, which includes the cookies and dinner each day.

The client’s vitals and weight are checked weekly and a doctor meets with the client monthly, for a fee of $25. According to McLain, these fees are reimbursable through insurance.

The self-administered diet allows each client 1200 to 1400 calories per day and does not include monthly exams with the doctor.

Smart for Life even ships cookies or other products to clients on the “self-diet program,” Lloyd McLain said, adding that in either program, walk-ins are welcome.

Do you find yourself thinking that six cookies a day could get tiresome?

Not to worry: Smart for Life also offers shakes, soups and muffins to clients. In addition, the McLains stock other products not manufactured by Smart for Life that contain no sugar, fat or calories.

According to McLain, the diet is not a fad, but is about changing how you eat.

“There’s nothing really faddish about it. What you’re doing is, you’re taking out sugars, enriched flours and saturated fats out of someone’s diet, which is not a fad,” he said.

“I’ve done this program basically since October 2006, and that’s the way Karleen and I eat now,” he added.

McLain claims the diet is good for diabetics or those with blood sugar problems because all the small meals during the day prevent blood sugar spikes.

He has also seen drops in cholesterol and hypertension in Smart for Life clients.

“It’s pretty good for just a cookie,” McLain said.

For more information, visit or call 865-675-7546.


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