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Man loses 27 lbs on Twinkie diet

Bryan Alaspa's picture

Mark Haub is a professor of human nutrition at the Kansas State University. So, he is the type of person who you would expect to be against eating Twinkies. However, for 10 weeks Haub ate one of the Hostess snack cakes every three hours instead of his regular meals. He ended up losing 27 pounds.

In addition to eating Twinkies Haub also ate Little Debbie snack cakes and Doritos. To keep things interesting, according to Haub, he also ate sugary cereals and Oreo cookies. All of this was done so he could prove a theory that it wasn’t how nutritious the food was but the calorie counting that caused weight loss.

Premise worked out

It turns out his theory may have some merit. Haub has dubbed his experiment the “convenience store diet” and the professor lost 27 pounds by eating nothing but junk food. All of this was a class project where Haub limited his food intake to 1,800 calories a day. He stuck to a basic premise of weight loss by consuming less calories than he burned.

Haub stated that his body mass index went from 28.8, which is considered overweight, to 24.9 which is considered medically normal. He also stated that, apparently, he did not suffer any other side effects from his experiment. His “bad” cholesterol dropped 20 percent and his “good” cholesterol increased by 20 percent. He also dropped a key form of fat, triglycerides, by 39 percent.

Haub is quick to point out that he is not recommending this type of diet for those who are looking for a way to lose weight. The exact results of the experiment still have to be determined. For example, Haub admits he is not sure he would technically be considered healthier than he was before the diet started.

Haub also stated that there are a large percentage of people in the United States who consume large portions of sweets and snack foods. Families who spend money on snack food often do not have access to fruits and vegetables. Haub supplemented his intake of calories with a vitamin pill and drank a protein pill daily.

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