10 weeks ago, KSU nutrition professor Mark Haub began eating a reduced calorie diet of Little Debbie Pecan Spin Wheels for breakfast, Hostess Twinkies for lunch, birthday cake for supper and Doritos for dessert.

And as crazy as it may seem, after 10 weeks on his Twinkie Diet, Dr. Haub saw:

  • His bodyweight drop from 200.8 to 174.2 (-26.6 lbs)
  • His body-fat percentage drop from 33.4% to 24.% (-8.5%)
  • His total body-fat drop by 25.25 lbs
  • His lean body mass (muscle) drop by 1.35 lbs
  • His total cholesterol drop from 214 to 184
  • His bad cholesterol (ldl-c) drop from 153 to 123
  • His good cholesterol (hdl-c) increase from 37 to 46
  • His blood sugar / glucose level drop from 94 to 75, and
  • His blood pressure stay around the same – pre=108/71 – post=104/76

So, does this mean that the Twinkie Diet is a success?

Is Dr. Haub correct when he says, ““it doesn’t matter where the macronutrients are derived from as long as essential nutrients are consumed at the recommended levels, and the fuel is consumed at a level at or below energy expenditure?”

Is he right when he says “if somebody can get their nutrients from a supplement and then they get their fuel from whatever is available, does it matter that they’re not getting fruits and vegetables and whole grains”?

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On one level – YES.

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However, as I said back in September,  before people start swarming  their local 7-11 to get the last box of Diet Twinkies, we need to remember that this is a short term experiment that is limited in scope & depth.

It will not measure:

  • The damage caused by the over-consumption of trans fats, artificial colors, petroleum derived flavorings, chemical emulsifiers, chemical preservatives, etc…
  • The effect that the high levels of HFCS & other sugars is having upon Prof. Haub’s  poor ole pancreas
  • Any increase in systemic inflammation and ph levels
  • The increased cravings for sugar…. brought upon by those twinkies and peanut butter oreos
  • The lack of enzymes, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, non-vitamin cofactors, sterols, polyphenols, flavonoids, phytosterols, carotenoids, prebiotics, probiotics, triterpenes, mineral salts, amino acids, etc…

In short, Professor Haub has shown us that when you eat less food, you lose body-fat.

And skinny doesn’t always mean healthy.