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Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds
CNN ^ | November 8, 2010 | Madison Park

Posted on 11/09/2010 7:01:06 AM PST by Immerito

(CNN) -- Twinkies. Nutty bars. Powdered donuts.

For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too.

His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most -- not the nutritional value of the food.

The premise held up: On his "convenience store diet," he shed 27 pounds in two months.

For a class project, Haub limited himself to less than 1,800 calories a day. A man of Haub's pre-dieting size usually consumes about 2,600 calories daily. So he followed a basic principle of weight loss: He consumed significantly fewer calories than he burned.

His body mass index went from 28.8, considered overweight, to 24.9, which is normal. He now weighs 174 pounds.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: twinkiediet; twinkies
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1 posted on 11/09/2010 7:01:10 AM PST by Immerito
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To: Immerito

This is just as stupid as the guy who ate nothing but McDonald’s food.

There is no magic to dieting. When calories in < calories spent, you lose weight. Sure you can lose weight on twinkies, but you can also foul up your system.


2 posted on 11/09/2010 7:05:30 AM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: brownsfan

“His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most — not the nutritional value of the food. “

His premise explains that. He is not looking at nutrition or “what is good for the body” he is purely looking at weight loss.


3 posted on 11/09/2010 7:08:56 AM PST by sigzero
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To: Immerito

Hmmm. So cancer feeds on sugar, hydrogenated oil, and partially hydrogenated oil. That is what this professor ate all day. More power to him, but no thanks from me. Also, I have PCOS so the only way I lose weight is following a low GI diet. I just think the low GI diet is a healthy lifestyle. I don’t care about what the government created food pyramid says.


4 posted on 11/09/2010 7:12:02 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: sigzero

“His premise explains that. He is not looking at nutrition or “what is good for the body” he is purely looking at weight loss.”

And I’m saying it’s so obvious that it’s stupid. If I have a 5 gallon bucket filled with sand, and I put one cup in, and take 2 cups out, sooner or later, I’ll empty the bucket.

I am just amazed that anyone would feel a need to demostrate such a simple concept in such an odd way.


5 posted on 11/09/2010 7:13:41 AM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: brownsfan

What I found more interesting was that his good cholesterol went up and his bad cholesterol went down. How can that possibly be???


6 posted on 11/09/2010 7:16:36 AM PST by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: brownsfan
I am just amazed that anyone would feel a need to demostrate such a simple concept in such an odd way.

It's not so simple in a lot of people's minds these days. I'm convinced that the food police are convincing millions of people that certain types of foods make you fat rather than the number of calories you ingest/burn.

This experiment could be very enlightening to a lot of otherwise misled people.

7 posted on 11/09/2010 7:16:53 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. Save America From Bankruptcy.)
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To: goodwithagun

Also, my husband and 2 yo son eat this way as well since that is how I cook. Thank goodness my husband is a health nut! You should see how long it takes us to grocery shop, with both of us reading labels for hydrogenated oils, soy, and MSG! We are healthier for this, overall. We rarely get sick and our son is better behaved than other children. We ordered applesauce for him at Applebees on a rare dinner out and he was a mess the rest of the evening. He was throwing tantrums, didn’t want to listen to us, wouldn’t go to bed, etc. I called Applebees and the manager read the applesauce ingredients to me: high fructose corn syrup.


8 posted on 11/09/2010 7:17:12 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: nodumbblonde

Weight loss alone changes the cholesterol ratios in many people.


9 posted on 11/09/2010 7:19:23 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: brownsfan

And I’m saying it’s so obvious that it’s stupid. If I have a 5 gallon bucket filled with sand, and I put one cup in, and take 2 cups out, sooner or later, I’ll empty the bucket.


Except for buckets with “metabolism disorders.” ;-)


10 posted on 11/09/2010 7:19:57 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Nobody tell Barack Obama what number comes after a trillion" --S.P.)
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To: brownsfan

The robber drug companies that make Lipitor and Crestor are not going to like the results of this man’s experiment.

Someday people will wonder why we paid so much attention to high cholesterol, particularly when the results of long-term use of these drugs increase the chance of dementia. I’d much rather die of a heart attack than Alzheimer’s.


11 posted on 11/09/2010 7:20:11 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: mad_as_he$$

Okay, thanks! That was the only answer I could come up with but wasn’t sure.


12 posted on 11/09/2010 7:20:56 AM PST by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: kittymyrib

What is our brains made of? Cholesterol!


13 posted on 11/09/2010 7:21:54 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: brownsfan
And I’m saying it’s so obvious that it’s stupid. If I have a 5 gallon bucket filled with sand, and I put one cup in, and take 2 cups out, sooner or later, I’ll empty the bucket.

Yep, it's like economics, if you spend more than you have, you are going into deep debt.

The only diet that I know works and is counter-intuitive is the Atkins Diet.

It's a no carb, but no calorie limit diet and it really works, but it makes your breath smell like a sewer full of rotten road kill and when you eat your first piece of bread you gain 46 pounds in one day.

Other than those two small side effects, it's great.

14 posted on 11/09/2010 7:22:41 AM PST by USS Alaska
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To: paulycy; SpinnerWebb
It's not so simple in a lot of people's minds these days. I'm convinced that the food police are convincing millions of people that certain types of foods make you fat rather than the number of calories you ingest/burn.

Rush talked about this yesterday. It was in the context this being a slap at Chewbaca's (FLOTUS) screeds concerning obesity among the "poor" being caused by "food deserts" - i.e. no "good" stores with "good" food existing the ghetto.

15 posted on 11/09/2010 7:23:01 AM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: brownsfan

The famous one who ate the McDonald’s food pigged out on Big Macs, egg McMuffins and soft drinks the whole time, taking in a huge number of calories every day along with massive amounts of fat and sugar. He did get sick. But this was a big stunt to publicize his girlfriend’s vegan detox business.

There was another guy who also ate at McDonald’s for a month. He ate moderately and varied his diet to include the salads, milk, juice, fruit, etc. He lost weight and was quite healthy by the end.


16 posted on 11/09/2010 7:24:51 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: nodumbblonde
It is an odd thing. Some it gets better and some it gets worse. I have a female friend who went berserk over C about 15 years ago. Watched everything she ate, did exercise etc. Her’s went way up in the bad area. Gave it up and went on a eat whatever I want diet and now her numbers are well within medical guidelines.
17 posted on 11/09/2010 7:25:37 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: Beelzebubba

I refuse to go back on the Pill because it masked my metabolism disorders due to PCOS. I see so many young girls that are average sized, yet they have guts. They are going on the Pill because they have irregular periods, and this is masking their problems as well. People are eating junk: There is a difference between calories and quality calories. I now eat like my grandparents did and my PCOS is under control. I am ovulating for the first time probably in my life. There are many “metabolism disorders” out there, but they are caused by the junk that they are putting in their mouths. I would love to know side effects of this professors diet.


18 posted on 11/09/2010 7:26:42 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: USS Alaska; SpinnerWebb
It's a no carb, but no calorie limit diet and it really works, but it makes your breath smell like a sewer full of rotten road kill and when you eat your first piece of bread you gain 46 pounds in one day.

The key to Adkins is that without carbs your body goes into ketosis - and starts burning fat, rather than carbs, to produce energy. One other effect of ketosis is that it suppresses appetite ... and through that effect, Atkins becomes yet another calories in .lt. calories out diet.

Been on it for 11 weeks and I'm down 28 lbs ... I'm not eating anywhere near the number of calories I used to.

On a side note, I've experienced something I would have never thought possible - I am sick of bacon.

19 posted on 11/09/2010 7:30:20 AM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: nodumbblonde

Because it’s all random anyway?


20 posted on 11/09/2010 7:31:11 AM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Immerito

I agree this is silly. Why not try the starvation diet? Eat nothing but a crust of bread and only drink water every day and you will lose weight too.


21 posted on 11/09/2010 7:31:46 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: kittymyrib

I was prescribed statins but refused them because of the potential side effects. I started eating a lot of oatmeal and my cholesterol and triglycerides dropped like a rock and have remained within acceptable levels since.


22 posted on 11/09/2010 7:35:07 AM PST by HerrBlucher (Defund, repeal, investigate, impeach, convict, jail, celebrate.)
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To: paulycy
You said what I was going to say. People are deluded into thinking "fat makes you fat", then "carbs make you fat". Calories ingested that are not burned make you fat. You body knows how to make fat from protein, from carbohydrates and from fat. This chart shows how it all goes around in a big circle. Each dot represents an enzymatic reaction.
23 posted on 11/09/2010 7:37:13 AM PST by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: tx_eggman
Been on it for 11 weeks and I'm down 28 lbs ... I'm not eating anywhere near the number of calories I used to.

I lost 35 pounds on a no carb (less than 28 grams/day)diet. As one of the other posters pointed out, it is very difficult not to gain weight rapidly when you start eating some carbs again. I had to seriously restrict carb intake to retain the weight loss.

24 posted on 11/09/2010 7:37:34 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: goodwithagun
We ordered applesauce for him at Applebees on a rare dinner out and he was a mess the rest of the evening. He was throwing tantrums, didn’t want to listen to us, wouldn’t go to bed, etc.

Whoa! Sounds like your kid can't hold his applesauce.

25 posted on 11/09/2010 7:53:31 AM PST by Sax
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To: Immerito
His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most -- not the nutritional value of the food.

That's not the premise most commonly in dispute when it comes to weight loss. He should do another experiment eating about the same number of calories of mostly protein rich foods that are low in carbs and see which results in the most and fastest weight loss.

26 posted on 11/09/2010 7:55:09 AM PST by Will88
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To: brownsfan
I am just amazed that anyone would feel a need to demostrate such a simple concept in such an odd way.

There are a hell of a lot of Non Believers in the Atkins camp
27 posted on 11/09/2010 7:56:28 AM PST by uncbob
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To: krb; mad_as_he$$

I often think it really is just a crap shoot. There are just so many instances of people doing everything that’s supposedly wrong with nary a scratch and others that do everything considered right dropping dead at an early age anyway. *shrug*


28 posted on 11/09/2010 7:59:13 AM PST by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: nodumbblonde

lol... I think you are right.


29 posted on 11/09/2010 8:03:42 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: Prokopton; tx_eggman

Again, it’s a calorie in issue...

1/2 a tortilla has as many calories as a whole carton of strawberries.

If you eat your starchy carbs in moderation, they are fine. But moderation means extremely small portions.

Bread has very high calorie content per volume. That’s why it’s been a diet staple for eons.


30 posted on 11/09/2010 8:12:31 AM PST by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: goodwithagun

Any food coloring in it? My son spazzes (cries, grabs at his face, can’t control his temper) when he has anything with food coloring in it.


31 posted on 11/09/2010 8:54:28 AM PST by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: coop71

No, apples, water, corn syrup, and HFCS. I just don’t get it. I can my own using Gala apples and I’ve never had to add anything but cinnamon. It is difficult to avoid all that crap, but I definitely feel like it’s worth it. I’ve been accused of being a greenie weenie for this, but I just don’t want to eat that crap.


32 posted on 11/09/2010 9:04:38 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: nodumbblonde

Twinkies have a disgusting chemical taste to them. YUCK!


33 posted on 11/09/2010 9:05:44 AM PST by angcat (DEAR GOD PLEASE SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: angcat
Twinkies have a disgusting chemical taste to them. YUCK!

All foods have a chemical taste because that is what they are.
34 posted on 11/09/2010 9:08:09 AM PST by aruanan
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To: brownsfan

Remember we’re in an environment now where cities are banning transfats selling meals with “too many” calories and toys. There’s a DEFINITE need to demonstrate this simple concept in as many ways as possible. The food police are getting bold, they’re probably going to be gunning for Twinkies next, now there’s “proof” it’s not the Twinkie.


35 posted on 11/09/2010 9:08:51 AM PST by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: aruanan
All those Hostess cakes are gross. I remember when I was a kid they had a better taste. I would rather buy Entenmenns if I am going to give kids the junk food.
36 posted on 11/09/2010 9:11:51 AM PST by angcat (DEAR GOD PLEASE SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: discostu

So there’s hope for those people who live in “food deserts” after all? ;-).


37 posted on 11/09/2010 9:17:14 AM PST by NewsJunqui
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To: angcat

I wonder if they’ve changed the recipe? I don’t remember them tasting like that when I was a kid. Same with Ding Dongs (which could be in my head only because they don’t come in the little foil wrappers anymore. lol)


38 posted on 11/09/2010 9:43:13 AM PST by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: goodwithagun

wow! Weird that he’d have that reaction. There is nothing wrong with monitoring what your kid eats. Nothing! I wish more parents would do the same.


39 posted on 11/09/2010 10:06:17 AM PST by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: mad_as_he$$
Weight loss alone changes the cholesterol ratios in many people.

It certainly did for me. While my good cholesterol didn't go up all that much, my bad cholesterol came way down (along with my high triglycerides).

40 posted on 11/09/2010 10:07:31 AM PST by Bob
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To: allmendream

That diagram looks eerily similar to the one of ObamaCare. :)


41 posted on 11/09/2010 10:13:54 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: brownsfan

It is actually called the scientif method to make and test a hypothesis.

Many of us have thought it was intuitive but never proven.

If others can replicate his results then you have something that is a scientific fact as opposed to just a theory.


42 posted on 11/09/2010 10:35:45 AM PST by Eagle Eye (A blind clock finds a nut at least twice a day.)
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To: nodumbblonde

LOL I remember Ding Dongs in the foil.


43 posted on 11/09/2010 10:37:48 AM PST by angcat (DEAR GOD PLEASE SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: Eagle Eye

“If others can replicate his results then you have something that is a scientific fact as opposed to just a theory.”

Some things are a given, even in the scientific method. Do you really need to stick a needle in the eye of 10 subjects to prove it will hurt them?


44 posted on 11/09/2010 11:17:25 AM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: discostu

“Remember we’re in an environment now where cities are banning transfats selling meals with “too many” calories and toys. There’s a DEFINITE need to demonstrate this simple concept in as many ways as possible. “

And your point is rock solid. I take back my scoffing at this. The left doesn’t think in a linear fashion, and they are indeed trying to convince people that some foods are just plain evil.

If you control your intake, you can eat a wide variety of food and be ok.

Thanks for pointing out where this study really fits.


45 posted on 11/09/2010 11:20:54 AM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: tx_eggman
Yeah, my son a Navy Captain, goes through this pain when he needs to make weight at his physical.

He eats bacon and sausage and ham and deer for breakfast.

He would kill for a slice of pizza, or piece of cake.

46 posted on 11/09/2010 11:26:23 AM PST by USS Alaska
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Yeah, except the one I showed has actual evidentiary support and shows real phenomena - while the 0bamacare chart is fantasy built upon delusion based upon wishful thinking!
47 posted on 11/09/2010 11:32:49 AM PST by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: brownsfan

if i want to lose weight w/o putting in the effort to burn more calories, i simply stop eating after 6 p.m... i lose the weight slowly but surely... for the most part, i do try to workout on a regular basis to maintain my figure...


48 posted on 11/09/2010 11:34:18 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Immerito

Has there ever been a food safety recall for Twinkies?


49 posted on 11/09/2010 12:01:59 PM PST by NoLibZone (Homosexuals oppose diversity.)
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To: Immerito

So far 49 posts but little to no mention of exercize.

And Americans grow fatter by the minute, eating too many CALORIES, and getting too little exercize.

I don’t want the government to do anything about it.

Each person should be completely “free to choose,” as Milton Friedman said.


50 posted on 11/09/2010 12:21:38 PM PST by truth_seeker
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