Twinkie Diet

I heard an interesting story the other nite on the news about a professor losing weight on the Twinkie diet.   

Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

Matt Haub, a nutrition professor at Kansas State, got the majority of his calories from Twinkies, and snacks for 10 weeks.  He counted calories during the entire process to make sure he was taking in his 1800 kcals / day, around 800 below his normal caloric intake. 


Haub was out to prove that calorie intake is a more important factor than the kind of food being eaten.  Over the 10 week period, Haub lost 27 pounds, decreased his LDL (bad cholesterol) by 20%, and decreased his triglycerides by almost 40%.  On top of that his bodyfat decreased 9%.  Impressive numbers especially when you consider he was eating Twinkies and Bon Bons. 

“I’m not geared to say this is a good thing to do,” he said. “I’m stuck in the middle. I guess that’s the frustrating part. I can’t give a concrete answer. There’s not enough information to do that.”

It’s an interesting article and point that Haub makes, but by no means is out there claiming this to be the way to go as far as losing weight.

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One thought on “Twinkie Diet”

  1. I commented on this as well on my blog. I agree with the basic idea that losing weight trumps eating healthy as far as raising markers associated with health. But let’s be honest, how many people are struggling to maintain a calorie deficit because they over-consume healthy foods? Professor Haub says in the article that he had experienced that, but I just don’t know how common that is.

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