The Twinkie Diet: How Not To Lose Weight

Earlier this month, we heard all about a brave professors Twinkie diet experiment. For 10 weeks straight, Mark Haub ate one Hostess or Little Debbie snack every 3 hours as a substitute for meals. When he wasnt eating those, he snacked on Doritos, Oreos, and sugary cereals. Why would anyone subject themselves to this?

Haub was trying to prove a point: in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most, not the nutritional value of food. This seems to go against everything weve ever learned, yet Haub lost an astonishing 27 pounds over the course of this experiment. He consumed less than 1,800 calories each day (when he should have been consuming 2,600 on average) and burned significantly more calories than he ate. Therefore, the formula worked. He lost weight.

This is definitely NOT the recommended diet for any normal person and weight loss can be accomplished in much healthier ways. In fact, Haub advises others not to duplicate his extreme form of weight loss.

In a much healthier story of weight loss, Tony Posnanski lost 200 pounds by consuming less calories BUT eating more nutritionally. This story, from CNN covers the straightforward, yet extremely successful technique for efficient weight loss.

Posnanski went from consuming 10,000 calories a day to 2,400. He got rid of the processed foods and stuck to fruits, vegetables and lean meats. It is pretty boring, he said, but the results arent boring.

Keri Gans, a registered dietitian, acknowledges that this simple formula for weight loss may not be the most exciting, but it works. Consumers need to understand that health and the ideal body weight are not found from a gimmick, she said. It takes hard work. The end result is long-lasting success.

Its also important that the weight loss be as natural as possible. The human body may be able to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, but its not always healthy and it usually doesnt lead to long-term success. Posnanski himself tried alternative methods, finding that diet pills made his heart race and weight loss shakes left him hungry.

Experts say that the key to weight loss is making it a lifelong change. It cant be temporary and there are no shortcuts. To make this a permanent change, it is imperative to form and keep good habits.

In the grand scheme of everything, despite the latest diet trends, pills, shakes, fads, etc., weight loss is still best achieved through the simplest formula of all: healthy diet and exercise.

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