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    Default Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

    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 in Chicago, Illinois.

    "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.

    Study: U.S. obesity rate will hit 42 percent

    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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    That is a fascinating story considering the other thread we had about Happy Meals. In my mind, it's always about moderation. Do not make anything taboo but limit the foods that are less healthy and you should be fine. This however, is a bit extreme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loveevhsince79 View Post
    That is a fascinating story considering the other thread we had about Happy Meals. In my mind, it's always about moderation. Do not make anything taboo but limit the foods that are less healthy and you should be fine. This however, is a bit extreme.
    There was a guy on the Today show last year, a retired fireman, who lost a ton of weight eating nothing but McDonald's.

    He used to be this big strong fireman guy but once he retired he balooned up to 250 or something.

    He dropped close to a hundred pounds on a strict diet of McDonald's and he spent an entire segment going over his daily intake and how you can eat healthy at McDonald's. His doctor and wife were part of the deal too talking about how his sodium, cholesterol etc all dropped during the diet to below what they were below.

    He ate tons of simple cheeseburgers, salads, yogurt etc and stayed away from the fries and super sizing stuff.

    If I were McDonald's I'd have put that guy in my commercials. They need to do a better job of fighting the negative press and the busy-body know-it-alls.
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    Wasn't Jared a firefighter, too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    Wasn't Jared a firefighter, too?
    was he?

    You know, Subway seems to have written the book on great pub because they serve a bunch of slop there and it's hardly the case that you can eat anything there and be "healthy." They serve just as much fatty shit and processed foods as anyone else they've just really done a fantastic job of putting all the emphasis on the fact that you can eat various things there that are in fact low-cal, low-fat etc.

    They've done a great job of not letting themselves or their image be controlled by others.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    yes, just having a lower calorie count will cause you to lose weight....and poor nutrition over a period of time will also cause you to lose your teeth and hair too

    why not just eat more vegetables and leaner meats?....and move around a bit more...that should do it.


    why do we have to have to make such a mystery about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    yes, just having a lower calorie count will cause you to lose weight....and poor nutrition over a period of time will also cause you to lose your teeth and hair too

    why not just eat more vegetables and leaner meats?....and move around a bit more...that should do it.


    why do we have to have to make such a mystery about it?
    Which is exactly why the Atkins Diet is not something anyone can or should stick with for a long period of time. Depriving your body of carbs both good and bad may cause rapid weight loss but you're also likely to pass out like my sister in law did on it.
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    I've been calorie counting since the first week of October and have lost ten pounds as of this morning. It really is the single biggest factor in losing weight. I've worked out since my 20s, but those workouts have slipped a lot in the last few years. I haven't upped my exercise that much since I started the diet (a little), so it really isn't that large of a factor. I consume no more than 2000 calories a day--usually closer to 1750. It's mostly just portion control and no excessive junk food. If I'd known it would be this easy, I would have done it a long time ago.

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    Just goes to show you that there really isn't anything bad for you foodwise, its just all about moderation and good choices. A cheeseburger and a milkshake isn't going to kill you as long as it is 6 of them

 

 

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