Jets’ Jenkins dropping weight while eating cookies

NEW YORK (AP) - Kris Jenkins is dropping pounds by eating cookies _ oatmeal raisin, chocolate. Six of them every day.

Since May, the New York Jets’ hefty nose tackle has shed 20 pounds, putting him at a svelte 365.

“It sounds funny, but I got serious about it,” he said. “And, I have to say, it has been going great.”

The 6-foot-4 Jenkins was up to 390 _ 30 more than his normal playing weight _ earlier this year while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The injury sidelined him for the second half of last season.

“I couldn’t run or do anything, and that’s the hardest time I have personally to lose weight,” Jenkins said. “Whenever I can’t be active, I suffer. Honestly, I’ve had weight issues my whole career. It just got to the point where I got fed up.”

So, Jenkins _ weighing 385 at the time _ flew to Miami to meet Dr. Sanford Siegal, creator of Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet, which has been around since 1975. And that’s when he started gobbling up cookies to supplement his weight-loss program.

“They’re more like muffin tops than cookies,” he said with a chuckle.

They’re 90 calories each, have 2 1/2 grams of fat and contain ingredients like milk, soy, whole wheat flour, crisp rice and non-vegetable protein.

“It is both an asset and a liability, that name,” said Matt Siegal, the doctor’s son and the company’s CEO. “People hear that name, Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet, and they think at best it’s another fad diet or at worst, it’s a scam _ what, do you eat Oreos all day? Once people go and do research, any notion that this is not serious is immediately dispelled.”

He’s not exactly downing batches of Chips Ahoy or Famous Amos, but Jenkins has become quite the cookie monster and a believer. After all, the scale doesn’t lie.

“They’re basically appetite suppressants and they make you feel full,” he said. “It’s like being able to have carbs and a dessert at the same time and lose weight.”

Even sweeter: Coach Rex Ryan challenged him and teammate Damien Woody to a three-way weight-loss competition and whoever loses the most _ to be determined at a training camp weigh-in Sunday in Cortland, N.Y. _ will have a donation made in his name to a charity.

“Right now, I don’t know where either of them stand, so we’re just going to see on the weigh-in day,” Jenkins said. ‘I’m hoping that I win and I pull this off.”

His goal is to weigh 350 by the time training camp is over in late August.

“I’ve been blessed with genetics and things like that, but the thing you can’t fight is time,” said Jenkins, who turns 31 next week.

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