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Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

Forget about all that crap we hear from doctors and other "experts." Here's a diet that actually works.


http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08...sor/index.html

Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

By Madison Park, CNN

(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.

But you might expect other indicators of health would have suffered. Not so.

Haub's "bad" cholesterol, or LDL, dropped 20 percent and his "good" cholesterol, or HDL, increased by 20 percent. He reduced the level of triglycerides, which are a form of fat, by 39 percent.

"That's where the head scratching comes," Haub said. "What does that mean? Does that mean I'm healthier? Or does it mean how we define health from a biology standpoint, that we're missing something?"

Despite his temporary success, Haub does not recommend replicating his snack-centric diet.

"I'm not geared to say this is a good thing to do," he said. "I'm stuck in the middle. I guess that's the frustrating part. I can't give a concrete answer. There's not enough information to do that."

Two-thirds of his total intake came from junk food. He also took a multivitamin pill and drank a protein shake daily. And he ate vegetables, typically a can of green beans or three to four celery stalks.

Families who live in food deserts have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, so they often rely on the kind of food Haub was eating.

"These foods are consumed by lots of people," he said. "It may be an issue of portion size and moderation rather than total removal. I just think it's unrealistic to expect people to totally drop these foods for vegetables and fruits. It may be healthy, but not realistic."

Haub's body fat dropped from 33.4 to 24.9 percent. This posed the question: What matters more for weight loss, the quantity or quality of calories?

His success is probably a result of caloric reduction, said Dawn Jackson Blatner, a dietitian based in Atlanta, Georgia.

"It's a great reminder for weight loss that calories count," she said. "Is that the bottom line to being healthy? That's another story."

Blatner, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, said she's not surprised to hear Haub's health markers improved even when he loaded up on processed snack cakes.

Being overweight is the central problem that leads to complications like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, she said.

How well are you managing your diabetes?

"When you lose weight, regardless of how you're doing it -- even if it's with packaged foods, generally you will see these markers improve when weight loss has improved," she said.

Before jumping on the Ding Dong bandwagon, Blatner warned of health concerns.

"There are things we can't measure," said Blatner, questioning how the lack of fruits and vegetables could affect long-term health. "How much does that affect the risk for cancer? We can't measure how diet changes affect our health."

On August 25, Haub, 41, started his cake diet focusing on portion control.

"I'm eating to the point of need and pushing the plate or wrapper away," he said.

He intended the trial to last a month as a teaching tool for his class. As he lost weight, Haub continued the diet until he reached a normal body mass index.

Before his Twinkie diet, he tried to eat a healthy diet that included whole grains, dietary fiber, berries and bananas, vegetables and occasional treats like pizza.

"There seems to be a disconnect between eating healthy and being healthy," Haub said. "It may not be the same. I was eating healthier, but I wasn't healthy. I was eating too much."

He maintained the same level of moderate physical activity as before going on the diet. (Haub does not have any ties to the snack cake companies.)

To avoid setting a bad example for his kids, Haub ate vegetables in front of his family. Away from the dinner table, he usually unwrapped his meals.

Haub monitored his body composition, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, and updated his progress on his Facebook page, Professor Haub's diet experiment.

To curb calories, he avoided meat, whole grains and fruits. Once he started adding meat into the diet four weeks ago, his cholesterol level increased.

Haub plans to add about 300 calories to his daily intake now that he's done with the diet. But he's not ditching snack cakes altogether. Despite his weight loss, Haub feels ambivalence.

"I wish I could say the outcomes are unhealthy. I wish I could say it's healthy. I'm not confident enough in doing that. That frustrates a lot of people. One side says it's irresponsible. It is unhealthy, but the data doesn't say that."
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

I only read the important bolded parts.

I am so going to do this. This sounds awesome!

Thanks for posting grundle.
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I only read the important bolded parts.
You missed the creepy subliminal message that told you you have diabetes.
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

When I decided to lose weight, it was all about the caloric intake. I find that if I eat "better" foods to make up that intake, I then have more energy for working out, etc. If I eat sugary foods, etc., I have to generally eat less until I get to the caloric take limit, and don't feel like working out.

No surprise to me. Everything in moderation.
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

am i doing something wrong?

2600-1800= 800 calories/day deficit

800x60=48000 calories

48000/3500=14lb

he did say "less than 1800 calories", but at that rate, you'd have to be at 1000 calories/day intake, if he were to lose 27lbs, assuming he was eating 2600 calories before.
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

this is like the Runner guy who eats nothing but M&M's.
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Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
am i doing something wrong?

2600-1800= 800 calories/day deficit

800x60=48000 calories

48000/3500=14lb
The 2600 was an estimate for a man his size.
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

Wow, so Twinkies are good for something besides a murder defense.
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

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The 2600 was an estimate for a man his size.
so basically, for all we know, he could have been over 3,000 calories a day...
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I'm going to eat twice the number of twinkies and lose weight twice as fast!
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

I tried this diet for half a day and didn't lose any pounds, therefore it's bunk and I'm going back to eating whatever I want.
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

Two-thirds of his total intake came from junk food. He also took a multivitamin pill and drank a protein shake daily. And he ate vegetables, typically a can of green beans or three to four celery stalks.
Cheating bastard.
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I'm going to eat twice the number of twinkies and lose weight twice as fast!
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Originally Posted by JumpCutz View Post
I only read the important bolded parts.

I am so going to do this. This sounds awesome!

Thanks for posting grundle.
That's exactly why I bolded those parts. The rest of it doesn't matter.
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Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
am i doing something wrong?

2600-1800= 800 calories/day deficit

800x60=48000 calories

48000/3500=14lb

he did say "less than 1800 calories", but at that rate, you'd have to be at 1000 calories/day intake, if he were to lose 27lbs, assuming he was eating 2600 calories before.

It didn't say that he had been consuming 2,600 calories per day - it said that a man of his size usually does. He could have been consuming more than that.
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Cheating bastard.

Heh heh.
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

Originally Posted by D.Pham00 View Post
am i doing something wrong?

2600-1800= 800 calories/day deficit

800x60=48000 calories

48000/3500=14lb

he did say "less than 1800 calories", but at that rate, you'd have to be at 1000 calories/day intake, if he were to lose 27lbs, assuming he was eating 2600 calories before.
70 days instead of 60. 10 weeks vs 2 months. That still only ups it to 16 lbs.

It says he kept up the same physical activity as normal, but doesn't say what it was. If he goes to the gym 3 times a week and does some activities on the weekend, thats maybe 5 lbs. Throw in some water weight loss, and I could see it adding up to 27 lbs.
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

He's still not healthy at 25% bf.
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He's still not healthy at 25% bf.
24.9 BMI aint too bad.
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Wow, so Twinkies are good for something besides a murder defense.
Beat me to the punch, eh?
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

he lost 27 pounds, got down to 174 lbs....that means he was only 201 lbs!! That ain't a big achievement because he wasn't that fat to begin with! Let's see that work when he's 285 lbs!!
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Re: Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

I would think it would work even better if he was 285 because he would need even more calories per day to sustain it.

If he had weight 150 would it have been even easier than 201?
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If he had weight 150 would it have been even easier than 201?

yes, because he would then have to gain 24 pounds to hit 174 instead of losing 27
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I would think it would work even better if he was 285 because he would need even more calories per day to sustain it.

If he had weight 150 would it have been even easier than 201?
Youre right...

And this study shouldnt be considered ground breaking. Its no big surprise that if you take in less calories then you burn, you will lose weight. Not sure why we must complicate everything in this world.
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He sounds like a real Twink

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