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The Twinkie Diet Is As Stupid As It Sounds

(Side Note…yes I know the Twinkie Diet rage is old news.  It took me forever to post because I was waiting to hear if a publication was going to use it…and they did not.  Jerks.)

Sometimes smart people do stupid things.

I, for one, have done MANY stupid things, but I guess no one has ever accused me of being very smart so I guess I don’t fit that line of thinking.

However, I recently read about a human nutrition professor way down south at Kansas State University (as in like 3 hours from my studio) that really fits the “smart people doing stupid things” category.

What is The Twinkie Diet?

the Twinkie diet is stupid

Not appropriate diet food…no matter what the Stupid Smart Man says.

In case you haven’t heard, Professor Mark Haub, performed a little experiment on himself where for 10 weeks he ate some type of snack cake (Twinkies, Nutty bars, powdered donuts, Ho-Ho’s) every 3 hours to prove that when it comes to weight loss WHAT you eat doesn’t matter – it’s how much that takes the cake (my pun) and it has been dubbed “The Twinkie Diet.”

His total calorie consumption went from 2,600 per day to 1,800 per day on his “convenience store” diet.

You know what?

He was right!

Wow there’s a shocker! I could’ve told him that before undergoing this silly experiment.  If all you care about is how much you eat in your effort to lose weight, then it doesn’t matter what you eat.  Just ask an anorexic to prove that point.

I understand where he was coming from.  He wanted to prove a point, albeit a stupid point.

In a world where far too many people are overweight or obese, telling them what they eat doesn’t matter is stupid.

In a world where diabetes is skyrocketing, telling people what they eat doesn’t matter is reckless.

In a world where cancer is ravaging people’s lives, giving any thought to the notion that what you eat doesn’t matter is just plain silly.

In his defense, his BMI and body fat percentage decreased, his cholesterol and triglycerides were improved.

That’s not a shocker either as that’s normally what happens when you lose weight – although I’d be curious to see the numbers after say 26 weeks rather than just 10.

Also in his defense, he ate a serving of vegetables, took a multi-vitamin and had a protein shake per day because, ya know, protein shakes are pretty magical.

Regardless of his results or his rationale, doing a “scientific” experiment and dubbing it The Twinkie Diet is a reckless position to take and completely misses the point all of us in the fitness/diet industry are trying to make – the legit ones at least.

As a society we are too focused on “weight loss” in general and don’t put enough focus on real food.  Real food matters more than this experiment lets on.  Real food should not be poo-poo’d because it spoils before you eat it or because it costs more than a box of Mac ‘n Cheese.  Instead of worrying about it spoiling, how about eating it, or buying less at a time, or buying frozen?

As a society we already eat too much of processed junk the good doctor ate in his “diet” and we’re paying a high price for it in any number of different areas.  That cannot be argued regardless of what this 10-week (which is a very small time frame) experiment showed.

There’s not a week that goes by where I don’t have to tell someone that eating fruit will not make them fat, and this guy had on his Facebook page that he was disappointed he couldn’t eat Frosted Flakes as dinner so he had a Kit Kat instead.

the twinkie diet is stupid and so is Kansas State

Nothing I could say would make this picture any better 🙂

Stupid smart guy.

Yes, how much you eat is more important than what you eat if weight loss is the goal, but that’s short sighted because what you eat has a great deal of importance in your health, energy levels, immunity and whether you can run a block without getting winded because all you eat are Twinkies.

What you eat is important.

What you don’t eat is important and as a society we need to eat less of that junk.  It’s okay to have it on occasion, and no one is disputing that.

So please take Mr. Haub’s silly little experiment with a grain of salt, although not too much salt because the city of New York may fine you.

Have an awesome day!

Ed

P.S. – I think it’s also fair to note that as a die hard Husker fan, anything K-State does, even if it’s remotely stupid, is pounced on because any die hard Husker fan hates K-State.  You have to.  My neighbor is a K-State fan and I don’t talk to him for 3 months out of the year.  He tries to wave and I flip him the bird and yell “Wildcats suck!”  Okay, so that doesn’t really happen because he’s a nice fella.  But you get my point. Oh and the Twinkie Diet is stupid on so many different levels…okay, rant over.

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Ed Scow, also known as "The Fit Dad", likes long walks on the beach, snuggling, hand stand push-ups and pretending to work. He's also a fitness & nutrition expert, proud papa and husband to a smokin' hot wifey.

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