Wednesday, November 10

The Twinkie Diet?

Kansas State University professor of human nutrition, Mark Haub, created a unique diet to which he adhered for two months. Haub lost 27 pounds, lowered his BMI, LDL and triglycerides and raised his HDL. This diet consisted of almost purely junk food, more specifically, snack cakes and chips (aside from a few stalks of celery or a can of green beans, a multivitamin and a protein shake every day). The catch? Haub was mostly concerned with caloric intake. Normally, a man of his build should eat about 2,600 calories, but during the two month span, Haub was only eating 1,800 calories a day. With conclusive evidence that such a radical diet yields impressive results, Haub is wondering whether we should re-think how we think about dieting and caloric intake,
"I wish I could say the outcomes are unhealthy. I wish I could say it's healthy. I'm not confident enough in doing that. That frustrates a lot of people. One side says it's irresponsible. It is unhealthy, but the data doesn't say that."

Here's the story:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/index.html

-Anna Gorman

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It looks like Ethan and I posted the same article! Oops!
-Anna

a.s.yang said...

Yep, seems like it!

An interesting study nonetheless - reminds me of some other calorie studies that have been done - remind me to mention them in class!

ay