Day 314: The Twinkie weight-loss diet?

13 11 2010

For 2.5 months, Kansas State University human nutrition professor Mark Haub supplemented his diet every three hours with a Twinkie, rather than a small meal. Doritos, Oreos and Hostess cupcakes also were staples of his diet. This bizarre (but tasty) eating ritual was a class experiment done to help support the theory that counting calories is what helps a person lose weight – not the nutritional value of the food. By limiting his diet to less than 1,800 calories a day, at the end of the experiment, Haub weighed 27 pounds less, his LDL (“bad”) cholesterol dropped 20 percent, his HDL (“good”) cholesterol increased 20 percent and his triglyceride level dropped 39 percent. His body fat dropped from 33.4 to 24.9 percent.

Two-thirds of his total intake of food came from junk food. He supplemented his daily meals with a multi-vitamin, a protein shake and vegetables, (such as a can of green beans or a few celery stalks). In my opinion, it’s a little misleading to claim that his “Twinkie diet” made him lose weight. If he had lost 27 pounds by eating nothing other than Twinkies, then that might hold true. Reducing calories is what helps weight loss, which I don’t think is a surprise to anyone really. But if I could be guaranteed that it wouldn’t make me seriously ill to eat nothing but Twinkies and other junk food, then sign me up! That sounds much more fun than counting points.

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Whole wheat english muffin = 1 point
— 2 tbsp peanut butter = 2 points

Lunch:
— Power Bar = 3 points
— 1 glass LF chocolate milk = 3 points

Dinner:
— Turkey sub sandwich = 9 points
— Iced tea = 0 points

Snack:
— Skinny Cow ice cream = 2 points

Exercise points:
— 10 mile bike ride (60 minutes) = +7 points

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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