Lose weight, get healthy, eat Twinkies?

You've probably heard of "The Grapefruit Diet", "The Cookie Diet", or even the Taco Bell "Drive-thru diet", but, thanks to a Kansas man, a nutrition professor no less, you can now add "Twinkie Diet" to that list.  That's right, the Twinkie.

As far as "diet" foods go, Twinkies really take the cake (or is that the assemblage of mono and diglycerides, sorbic acid, cellulose gum, hydrogenated oil, and petrolium derived molecules that taste like cake?)  But, as far as weight loss is concerned, a calorie is still a calorie. 

By keeping his daily caloric intake to about 1,800, Mark Haub was able to lose 27 pounds and reduce his cholesterol by 30 points (take that Cheerios).  He stuck to what you could find in your average vending machine and supplemented only with a few carrots and celery sticks at dinnertime, milk, and a daily protein shake.  He didn't exercise either.

So, the moral of the story is that "Yes", you can lose weight eating just about anything, as long as you eat less of it than whatever you are currently eating.  A calorie is a unit of energy, and the law of thermodynamics doesn't discriminate between calories; whether they be from Twinkies or gogi berries.  Thus, the occasional slice of pizza, chocolate bar, or bag of potato chips is not going to ruin your weight loss efforts.

However, one must take into account factors like micro-nutrients (vitamins/minerals), body composition, inflammation, stress, sleep, stress, emotions, and spirituality in order to create a true picture of health.  Someone who is losing weight is not necessarily becoming healthier as evidenced by the weight loss associated with chronic infections, cancer, and AIDS.

With photoshopped, botoxed, and collagen injected models as on TV and fast food restaurants on every corner, the average person is caught between anorexia and obesity.  What's next, "The McNugget Diet"?

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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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  1. My co-workers could talk about nothing else the other day! Man, Twinkies and Hostess snacks to lose weight? Sign me up! LOL :)

  2. I love the idea of being creative in a diet. Eating food like these can definitely help you lose weight. Thanks for the info by the way.

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