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Lose Weight on The Twinkie Diet?

 

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Would you hork down Twinkies, donuts and Nutty Bars for a month? Nutrition professor Mark Haub did. It was an experiment in saturated fat. A junk food marathon if you will. His idea was that even living on a diet of high-calorie and fattening foods, he could still lose weight.

If you're doubting results, don't. Haub lost 7 pounds in the first month. But his message isn't about how to lose weight... it's all about what's healthy and what's not. How many of us know people who drop pounds but are eating 100 calorie cookie packs for twice-a-day snacks? To be sure, some of Weight Watchers most vocal critics say the program allows for poor nutrition as long as you stay within points. In other words, just because you're succesfully dieting and losing weight doesn't mean your doing the best thing for your body. (Just to be fair, those critics have clearly never BEEN to a Weight Watchers meeting, where leaders urge the appropriate number of fruits, veggies, and healthy oil every day).

Mark maintained a daily diet of 1800 calories- the source of his sustenance was primarily unhealthy junk food. Haub closely monitored his body mass index, body composition, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels. Even though he lost weight eating junk food his cholesterol and blood pressure increased after the junk food diet.

Mark's theory is that living on low-calorie foods alone would be as unhealthy as eating a fixed diet of junk food. To prove his point next month he plans to gain weight by eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. We doubt that his cholesterol and blood pressure will stay elevated though.

If we're being honest, your Skinny Scoopers had visions of snack cakes and weight loss when we heard the words Twinkie Diet, but we know that wholesome, healthy foods in moderation is the best plan to lose weight and be healthy. We're still up for an occasional deep-fried Twinkie. If you haven't had one, save your POINTS and give it a try. Coming soon to a State Fair near you. Just don't count on fitting into your Daisy Dukes and tube top the next day!





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avatar Jules
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Interesting stuff girls! Aside from his elevated heart rate and cholesterol... I wonder how that diet made him FEEL. If I eat too much junk food one day, I feel crappy for the next several days. But, when I'm eating a balanced diet, my body hums along like a well tuned machine - easier to wake up, more energy throughout the day, etc. Thanks for the "Twinkie for thought" :-)
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avatar Carolyn
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No Thanks,I can't get passed 1,for the suger in them
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avatar Julie H.
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It all goes back to a sensible diet! and some exercise to boot!
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avatar Mandi
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"We doubt that his cholesterol and blood pressure will stay elevated though."

ZING! Good one!
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