Skip to comments.Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds
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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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.
“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.
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.
“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.
What I found more interesting was that his good cholesterol went up and his bad cholesterol went down. How can that possibly be???
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.
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.
Weight loss alone changes the cholesterol ratios in many people.
And Im saying its so obvious that its 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, Ill empty the bucket.
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.
Okay, thanks! That was the only answer I could come up with but wasn’t sure.
What is our brains made of? Cholesterol!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because it’s all random anyway?
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.
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.
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.
Whoa! Sounds like your kid can't hold his applesauce.
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.
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*
lol... I think you are right.
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.
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.
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.
Twinkies have a disgusting chemical taste to them. YUCK!
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.
So there’s hope for those people who live in “food deserts” after all? ;-).
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)
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.
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).
That diagram looks eerily similar to the one of ObamaCare. :)
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.
LOL I remember Ding Dongs in the foil.
“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?
“Remember were in an environment now where cities are banning transfats selling meals with too many calories and toys. Theres 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.
He eats bacon and sausage and ham and deer for breakfast.
He would kill for a slice of pizza, or piece of cake.
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...
Has there ever been a food safety recall for Twinkies?
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.
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