4

Man loses 27 pounds on the Twinkie diet

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Popular diets speak to our society's insatiable desire to pin blame for the saddlebags and love handles on some evil type of food. But if you think stuffing yourself with meat and cheese (since you're cutting carbs) is a surefire way to get thin, you're probably not going to like Mark Haub's study.

The Kansas State University nutrition professor just lost 27 pounds in two months on a snack-cake diet. As in Hostess, supplemented by a hefty dose of Doritos and Oreos.

Don't go out and down a box of Twinkies in response, though. Haub's experiment was about portion control -- he limited his intake to 1,800 calories a day -- but he got two-thirds of those calories from junk food (and the rest from canned vegetables and a protein shake). And not only did he lose weight, but his overall health improved.

Though the results are far from conclusive, they at least suggest that it's the quantity, rather than the quality, of calories in the diet that matters.

So, yeah, America, we're fat because we're stuffing our faces, not because we're loading up on carbs.

You can follow Haub's bizarre progress on Facebook.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.