The Twinkie Diet: Professor Loses 27 Pounds on Junk Food Regimen

Thank God, a diet I can live with. Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, has reported astonishing results in a novel diet that he created to show that losing weight is all about counting calories –not what you eat. To prove his point, he went on a “Twinkie Diet” where he only consumed junk food every three hours consisting of Twinkies, Hostess HoHos, Little Debbies, Oreos, Dorito chips and the like. He lost 27 pounds in two months. Around the world, rotund fans are raising their Twinkies and Debbies in salute to you, Professor Haub.

Haub limited himself to less than 1,800 calories a day (that is 800 calories less than what he would ordinarily consume) What is astonishing is that his body mass index went from 28.8 to 24.9 and his”bad” cholesterol, or LDL, dropped 20 percent. Conversely, his “good” cholesterol, or HDL, increased by 20 percent. He reduced the level of triglycerides, which are a form of fat, by 39 percent.

Here is his sample diet for a day:

Espresso, Double: 6 calories; 0 grams of fat

Hostess Twinkies Golden Sponge Cake: 150 calories; 5 grams of fat

Centrum Advanced Formula From A To Zinc: 0 calories; 0 grams of fat

Little Debbie Star Crunch: 150 calories; 6 grams of fat

Hostess Twinkies Golden Sponge Cake: 150 calories; 5 grams of fat

Diet Mountain Dew: 0 calories; 0 grams of fat

Doritos Cool Ranch: 75 calories; 4 grams of fat

Kellogg’s Corn Pops: 220 calories; 0 grams of fat

whole milk: 150 calories; 8 grams of fat

baby carrots: 18 calories; 0 grams of fat

Duncan Hines Family Style Brownie Chewy Fudge: 270 calories; 14 grams of fat

Little Debbie Zebra Cake: 160 calories; 8 grams of fat

Muscle Milk Protein Shake: 240 calories; 9 grams of fat

Totals: 1,589 calories and 59 grams of fat

To his credit, Haub does not recommend the diet even though his health appeared to improve in important categories.

I would write more but I have to run to the store . . .

Source: CNN

17 thoughts on “The Twinkie Diet: Professor Loses 27 Pounds on Junk Food Regimen

  1. Wonderful. However, Haub is wrong on one thing; the Atkins diet is based in biochemistry fact; if a person is in ketosis (either dietary or by diabetic destruction of pancreatic beta cells or by alcohol poisoning) those people both burn body fat and absorb fewer calories from ingested fat. Dietary induced ketosis shuts down the insulin producing beta cells and thus insulin’s role in storing digested fat. All of this has been replicated by a hundred independent, peer-reviewed and published studies by medical researchers; and is taught as part of standard medicine. In fact dietarily induced ketosis is a known treatment for various medical problems.

    For the purpose of this article this means that losing weight is NOT “all about counting calories –not what you eat.”

    It can have quite a bit to do with what one eats.

  2. I know I would lose a lot of weight from a diet like that, but I don’t think the constant vomiting would be conducive to good health!

    As far as dieting goes, good health extends well beyond the calories consumed & a twinkee & hoho diet, like the Atkins, is probably not optimal for long-term good health even if they do lower total body weight.

  3. frank:

    “As far as dieting goes, good health extends well beyond the calories consumed & a twinkee & hoho diet, like the Atkins, is probably not optimal for long-term good health even if they do lower total body weight.”

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    I’ve had this discussion with my internist who keeps up with the literature. Atkins is healthy long-term; the problem is short-term with the incredible rise in cholesterol. The risks to short-term health overcome the long-term advantages.

  4. mespo, frank

    My doctor recommended South Beach for short term and long term … in my opinion, it is the best regimen when “retraining” one’s eating habits. I have found over the years that a daily walk is the best exercise for maintaining a healthy weight.

    My friends from across the pond walk to the store, to the park, to the druggist, to and from the clubs … I sometimes wonder if that cultural difference (Americans drive everywhere)contributes to our national weight problem … especially in children who seem to walk out the door to get on the school bus or climb in the car.

  5. Blouise,

    Walking is my favorite form of exercise. Unfortunately, walking didn’t help me shed the pounds I had gained as I grew older. I tried to eat healthfully, walk, pedal my exercycle, etc. Nothing helped until I finally hit on the weight-reduction method that worked for me. At the beginning of this year, I cut out pasta and bread…and the pounds just melted away. Although I hadn’t been eating much bread–pasta was another story. I think my method is akin to the South Beach diet. Now I eat pasta and bread on occasion.

  6. @Mespo: Your internist is wrong; as has also been shown both in theory and by empirical measurement, the no-carb diet reduces cholesterol levels immediately. The amount of cholesterol consumed is not correlated to the amount in the blood stream; consumed cholesterol is broken down by acids and never enters the blood stream.

    The biggest driver of increased blood cholesterol is the amount of carbohydrates and refined sugar consumed (sucrose). The digestion of sucrose into glucose produces a by-product that is the precursor of blood cholesterol and has been shown to be converted into cholesterol quite efficiently.

    Your internist is parroting 30 year old false information.

  7. Our host wrote: “I would write more but I have to run to the store . . .”

    lol

    (Now I know what I’ve been doing right all these years. Oh, those Newman’s Os were great with my coffee yesterday morning…)

    Interesting, insightful comments, all…

  8. A couple of thoughts:

    Green tea sometimes helps to curb one’s appetite. (Time-tested, in my case.)

    Omega-3 fatty acids (walnuts, salmon…) are sometimes helpful in decreasing cholesterol, triglycerides…

  9. a tape worm will make you lose weight too. there’s also the crack cocaine diet. with that one you can also lose family, friends, and self respect.

  10. I’m not entirely sure what some of those items in the list are but I like the gist of this! I shall substitute a few things for custard cream biscuits and I’ll be skinny by Christmas!

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