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Old 11-08-2010, 10:51 AM   #1
Richard Joy
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Twinkie Diet

Interesting story on cnn.com about a guy who ate mainly junk food and still lost weight (presumably) because he limited calories:
Twinkie Diet

Things I thought were interesting:
1) His body fat percentage went down (he basically maintained lean body mass.)
2) His cholesterol numbers improved

Questions I have:
1) How would this have gone without the multivitamins and protein shakes?
2) What do his insulin numbers look like?
3) What about other health markers, e.g. blood pressure?
4) How hard was it to restrict intake with this food? (i.e. what would the compliance look like in a large sample trying to do this diet?)

Anyway, I'm not giving up the paleo diet for twinkies anytime soon, but I will take this as a reminder that 4000 calories from paleo compliant food will still make me fatter.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:16 PM   #2
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Re: Twinkie Diet

Wild. Proof that even eating only 1800 calories worth of crap is still better than the SAD of eating 3500 calories worth of crap. lol.

He was probably saved by the whole milk, protein shake and espresso.

I was pretty surprised by the cholesterol numbers though. But, apparently, calorie restriction has shown to change those markers similarly before.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20746251/ (WFS)

It kind of makes me wonder how well we actually understand cholesterol if a diet like that can "improve" the numbers. Seems like instead of taking lipitor the prescription should be to stop eating so much.

And unfortunately they choose to focus on the calories and saturated fat without mentioning how much sugar he was getting.

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Old 11-08-2010, 06:34 PM   #3
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Re: Twinkie Diet

People post garbage like this and it makes me angry. Now some idiot is going to go and stuff his/her face with twinkies b/c most people are too dense to use any form of judgment.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:42 PM   #4
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Re: Twinkie Diet

I'm curious why meat caused his cholesterol to go back up when he added it back into his diet.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:16 PM   #5
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Re: Twinkie Diet

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People post garbage like this and it makes me angry. Now some idiot is going to go and stuff his/her face with twinkies b/c most people are too dense to use any form of judgment.
I guess I should not have eaten that box of Twinkies. DOH!
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:32 PM   #6
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Re: Twinkie Diet

It's just calories in calories out. It really is as simple as that.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:51 PM   #7
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It's just calories in calories out. It really is as simple as that.

For him yes. I KNOW that if I ate that way I'd loose muscle and get fat.

Interesting quotes "Haub's body fat dropped from 33.4 to 24.9 percent."

and

"On August 25, Haub, 41, started his cake diet focusing on portion control.

"I'm eating to the point of need and pushing the plate or wrapper away," he said."

That man has a lot of self control. Sugary foods always lead me to over eating them.

In the end, like most experiments and studies, it worked for him, might work for some other people, might not.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:12 PM   #8
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Re: Twinkie Diet

To try to answer a couple questions of the OP, from 'Prof Haub's Diet Experiments' Facebook page...

WEEK 10 Update:
Body weight pre= 200.8 lb; post = 174.2 lb (-26.6 lbs);
Body fat pre= 33.4%; post =24.9% (-8.5%)...


Blood results...

Total cholesterol: Pre=214; wk10=184
LDL-C: pre=153; wk10=123
HDL-C: pre=37; wk10=46
...TC/HDL ratio: pre=5.8; wk10=4.0
TG:HDL ratio: pre=3.3; wk10=1.6
Glucose: pre=94; wk10=75
Blood Pressure: pre=108/71; wk10=104/76

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Old 11-09-2010, 04:27 AM   #9
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I'm curious why meat caused his cholesterol to go back up when he added it back into his diet.
Meat is a source of saturated fat and cholesterol both of which will increase serum cholesterol levels.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:02 AM   #10
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Re: Twinkie Diet

I get the point of these novelty contrarian diets, but why choose something as dull and tasteless as a twinkie? At least choose something somewhat appealing, like black and white cookies or cookies and cream milkshakes or something...
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