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Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet Book by Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D., Available May 22nd

In his first book in almost a decade, and the first about his popular cookie-based diet, Dr. Sanford Siegal combines detailed instructions for hunger-free weight loss with a fascinating, entertaining history of weight-loss diets through the Ages

(PRWEB) April 29, 2009 -- On May 22nd, Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet Book (Hyde Park Publishing Ltd., hardcover, 320 pages, ISBN 978-0-9822728-3-1) by physician, author, and weight-loss expert Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D., will be available online and in stores. Although Dr. Siegal has achieved notoriety for his books on subjects such as high fiber diets, hunger control without drugs, and hypothyroidism, he's best known as the Cookie Doctor® who, in 1975, created the venerable Dr. Siegal's COOKIE DIET® weight-loss program and the hunger-controlling cookies that make it possible to follow. To promote his book, Dr. Siegal, 80, will soon embark on an ambitious, three-month publicity tour of North America and the EU.

"Unlike my previous books, which were traditional diet books, Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet Book is intended to entertain and educate the reader in addition to providing specific instructions for losing weight," said Dr. Siegal. "I wanted my new book to stand on its own regardless of whether the reader intends to follow the diet. I'm hopeful that all readers will be entertained by the extensive history of diets from past centuries, and enlightened by the debunking of some of the nutritional nonsense from ivory towers that has made 65 percent of the population overweight."

Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet Book has five sections. In Section One, Dr. Siegal establishes his credibility prior to asking the reader to "make a leap of faith" and follow his admittedly unconventional-sounding diet. He addresses the tendency for some critics to "summarily dismiss" Dr. Siegal's COOKIE DIET® based solely on its unquestionably catchy, even gimmicky name. He acknowledges the need to explain the origin and underlying principles of his diet before asking the reader to "…trust me when I tell you that you'll lose weight by eating cookies all day…" In a chapter entitled "500,000 Anecdotes," Dr. Siegal reveals the crucial role of "anecdotal evidence" in every practicing physician's work, and he explains how his own observations of more than 500,000 overweight patients support his approach to weight loss.

Section Two is the most scholarly part of the book and, perhaps paradoxically, the most entertaining. In the lengthiest chapters in the 320-page volume, Dr. Siegal takes the reader on a fascinating, occasionally hilarious journey through centuries of unlikely weight-loss diets and nutritional wisdom. An enthusiastic collector of diet books (his collection includes several hundred volumes dating back to the early 18th century), Dr. Siegal resurrects for the reader's pleasure an array of largely forgotten diet schemes that, in their day, were widely accepted. Among the most notorious of these was "Fletcherizing," the creation of Horace Fletcher, popularly known as "The Great Masticator," who insisted that the key to sound health was to chew each mouthful of food 32 times (once for each tooth) and then spit it out. Fletcher's system enjoyed a massive following during the early 20th century.

"Lately, it seems that every time I pick up a magazine or turn on the news, people are talking about how this or that celebrity is on Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet. I wonder if people realize that every generation going back a couple of hundred years has had its share of diets with famous followers. Fletcher's diet had no shortage of eminent disciples including Mark Twain, John D. Rockefeller, and Upton Sinclair."

Section Three, certain to be the most controversial, includes a series of myth-busting chapters in which Dr. Siegal pulls no punches as he blasts the nutritional pseudo-wisdom with which the public is constantly bombarded by well-meaning but misguided "experts" who, in most cases, have never helped an actual overweight person get thin. He charges diet coaches, nutritional counselors, and even some of his fellow doctors with propagating impractical and theoretical advice that is too complicated or demanding for real people to follow.

"I take a practical approach to losing weight," Dr. Siegal explained. "The world is full of well-intentioned nutritional advice. While much of it is nonsense, some would benefit anyone who followed it. But almost nobody follows that kind of advice because it comes out of an ivory tower and is too complicated and demanding to be useful in the real world. I want results, not unrealized good intentions."

Dr. Siegal offers several opinions that run counter to conventional wisdom, and he also confirms or refutes a number of popular urban myths. Chapter titles from this section include "The Great Calorie Theory," "The Last Ten Pounds are the Hardest," and "Faster is Better."

Section Four is the diet part of this diet book. It includes recipes, meal guidelines, and detailed instructions for following Dr. Siegal's COOKIE DIET®, a three-step program that Dr. Siegal and approximately 200 other physicians have used in their medical practices since 1975. The first step is to take an at-home, self-test called Dr. Siegal's 28-Day Calorie Burn Rate Self-Test that estimates one's daily caloric maintenance level. The second step is to use one of two free, web-based calculators (they're in the Resources section at that Dr. Siegal created to help dieters set a realistic goal weight and goal date. The final step is to follow a strict, 1,000 calorie diet using Dr. Siegal's cookies to control hunger.

The last section of Dr. Siegal's Cookie Diet Book contains just one chapter called "For Your Doctor's Eyes Only." The chapter is intended for the reader's doctor who, Dr. Siegal advises, should monitor his patient's health on any weight-loss diet.

About Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D.

Sanford Siegal, D.O., M.D., is a practicing physician whose South Florida medical practice, Siegal Medical Group, has treated more than 500,000 overweight patients. Although he has achieved notoriety for his books on subjects including high fiber diets, hunger control without drugs, and hypothyroidism, he is best known as the Cookie Doctor® behind the popular Dr. Siegal's COOKIE DIET® weight-loss program and hunger-controlling foods. Dr. Siegal is frequently in the news and has been profiled by dozens of media including Good Morning America, The New York Times, The Today Show, National Post, and Forbes.

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