How Did Snooki Lose Weight? Cookie Diet for 20-Pound Weight Loss


What diet did Jersey Star Snooki try in order to lose weight?

TV personality Snooki, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, went through a major body transformation over the past years. She gained popularity in MTV’s reality TV show, Jersey Shore, and many have since witnessed her weight loss journey.

Snooki has lost a significant amount of weight ever since she rose to fame in the program in 2009. She admitted that was her heaviest at the time, weighing 146 pounds. Many people noticed her transformation and were wondering how she managed to cut off pounds and what diet she followed to lose weight.

In 2010, the Jersey Shore star admitted to trying the Cookie Diet. Although the plan was particularly restrictive, she found a way to allow herself to enjoy the sugary treats. After following this, she was able to shed some pounds and maintain her weight loss.


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The Cookie Diet is a meal plan developed by Dr. Sanford Siegal. It consists of nine specially-made cookies and one healthy meal for dinner time throughout the day. The goal is to consume 500 calories from the cookies and 500 to 700 for the final meal, making you consume 1,000 to 1,200 calories intake a day.

“I actually noticed that celebrities were taking Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet, and I thought, ‘This has got to work,'” the TV personality said in an interview with Access Hollywood.

She revealed that she eats six cookies throughout the day. For her dinner meal, she usually eats chicken or fish. The Jersey Shore star claimed that the diet plan was effective and worked well for her. In fact, she even got her mother to try the Cookie Diet.

Snooki's Weight Loss Tricks

The main keys to Snooki’s successful weight loss:

  • She went into Cookie Diet
  • The plan consists of nine specially-made cookies and one healthy meal for dinner time throughout the day
  • She admitted eating cookies six times a day
  • Her usual dinner meal was either chicken or fish
  • Eventually, she changed her eating habits and started eating Express Home Meals
  • She began working out with a personal trainer, as well
  • She is no longer on Cookie Diet and prefers healthy foods now

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Snooki revealed that she suffered from eating disorders when she was young - and she shared how she battled against it.

The reality star has been open to her struggles with anorexia and bulimia when she was younger. During her teenage years, she used to be a cheerleader in her school. However, she felt like she always needed to compete with other girls and her slimmer teammates.

“Cheerleading was my life in high school, but it wasn’t always easy for me,” Snooki shared on Dancing With the Stars in 2013.

She added that she was afraid that the little girls and freshmen would take away her spot as a flier, so she ended up starving herself. She began eating one salad per day, then it became one cracker until it became one grape a day in order to keep her place on the team.

“And then just not eating at all for three days. It was a really, really bad time for me,” the reality star continues.

Snooki further shared that she often goes to the nurse’s office at her school to weigh herself. She recalled that when the nurse realized she had hit 80 pounds, she thought it wasn’t good. Her parents told her to eat, so she gained her weight back in 1998.

Even though she tried to have a positive self-image after joining Jersey Shore, Snooki has reportedly still struggled to maintain a positive image on the screen. Being watched by the public and surrounded by different people has been stressful for someone who suffers from eating disorders.

Snooki went through dramatic weight loss after giving birth in 2012.

Snooki and husband Jionni LaValle welcomed their firstborn, Lorenzo, in 2012. After giving birth, the reality TV star has lost 80 pounds, and she slammed those who criticized her dramatic weight loss, saying: “I don’t look emaciated – I look healthy!”

At the time, she said that she had lost weight by breastfeeding their firstborn for two months. She consumes 1,300 calories a day and goes on a workout four times a week with her personal trainer. She added that she wanted to slim down and could still be “hot as a mom.”

“I lost the first 20 (pounds) in two months, just from breastfeeding. And then right when I was able to work out – after six weeks – I went into the gym with a new trainer Anthony Michael,” she said via The DailyMail.


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Snooki also shared that he indulged herself in eating junk foods during the last three months of her first pregnancy. She says, “‘ I was like “F*** it, I’ll eat what I want. So I ate everything: brownies, cookies, pasta, and a lot of cheese.”

However, she changed her eating habits and began eating Express Home Meals when she started working out with her personal trainer. Her meal usually consists of a “burger wrapped in lettuce or a salad with strawberries and chicken.”

Snooki was also proud of the progress that she had made in her weight loss journey. Months after giving birth, she uploaded a photo on her Instagram account flexing her bicep muscles. She wrote in the caption, “‘ Too skinny’ my ass. #FIT,” referencing those calling her “too skinny” on social media.

Snookie continues eating healthy food and working out - and is no longer a Cookie Diet supporter.

The Jersey Shore star doesn’t engage herself on Cookie Diet or starve herself just to achieve her body goal. Back in 2016, she admitted that she was going to focus more on her health and wellness rather than trying different ways to lose weight and become skinny.

She changed her lifestyle, including her eating habits, to keep a better shape. She also does workouts that will keep her strong and fit. She told The Cut that her goal is not to be skinny anymore but to be strong and to have abs, biceps, and big muscly legs.

“Everyone works out to be skinny. Everyone should work out to be strong… I want abs, biceps, and big muscly legs, that’s my goal.”

In 2015, Snooki published a book titled Strong Is the New Sexy: My Kickass Story on Getting My “Formula for Fierce.” The book details the ups and downs of the reality star, including how she transformed her life and body.