The Key To Weightloss: Twinkies?

by Stephanie Neville on March 28, 2014


The Key To Weight Loss: Twinkies? 


In November of 2010, Kansas State University professor, Mark Haub embarked on a “Twinkie Diet” to assess just how important calorie count was. At the end of his ten week experiment, Haub had successfully lost 27 pounds. This Twinkie Diet, also known as a “convenience store diet” consisted of eating only junk foods such as twinkies and other Hostess and Little Debbies snacks, chips, cookies and sugary cereals along with a multi vitamin pill. Does eating nothing but sugary goodness really allow one to shed the pounds? Professor Haubs’ experiment forces us to reevaluate our definition of health and examine what this definition of health means exactly. The conclusion of his experiments make you wonder whether weight depends solely on the quantity of calorie intake rather than the quality.

So often do we find people straying away from anything crispy, creamy or covered in powdered sugar, but is it true that we are able to not only survive, but lose weight as well? The premise for Haub’s experiments was that in trying to lose weight, all that really mattered was calorie counting, not eating healthy. The point of weight-loss is to consume fewer calories than you would burn off. So an average man Haub’s size would consume on average, 2,600 calories a day. As in normal weightloss, he decided to eat 1,800 calories a day, but of nothing but processed foods.

One would believe there to be a loophole in this diet plan and that it’s almost too good to be true. Of course, once you began to consume nothing but sugary snacks, it’s logical to assume even though your body mass went down, something would experience detrimental effects. But in actuality, this was not to case for Professor Haub. His LDL dropped by 20 percent and his HDL increased by 20 percent, both desirable outcomes. Along with this, his triglyceride count decreased by 39 percent; an overall success.

Professor Haub’s experiments proved interesting because it makes the public reconsider their definition of health. Does losing weight necessarily mean you’re healthier? Or does it mean that many of our definitions are incomplete? That our general knowledge of what is healthy is askew if eating only sugars and an empty diet can get you farther and faster results than eating more calories through a nutrient rich and balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and protein? So often people do not realize how important calorie counting is in trying to lose weight; it really does come down to calorie quantity, rather than calorie quality.

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