The Twinkie Diet. Really?

My coworker came across a CNN article a couple of weeks ago and, knowing I’d be horrified, immediately forwarded it on to me. The article features a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University who lost nearly 30 pounds on the Twinkie diet, an 1,800 calorie plan he created that includes sugary cakes and other processed foods.

The point of the study was to prove that calorie reduction is the most important thing when it comes to weight loss. Duh. What’s obnoxious is that the professor isn’t taking a stand on whether the Twinkie diet is a good thing to do. He says he can’t say one way or the other if the outcomes of his study are healthy. I am more than happy to tell you they aren’t.

We are in enough of a mess with food as it is, we don’t need  more encouragement to eat a processed snack cake over an apple. While reducing calories is necessary to lose weight, learning to eat quality food is equally important.

I like this response in the LA Times to the overhyped study. James Fell, a certified fitness specialist, writes that he is surprised so many people are shocked that you can lose weight eating Twinkies. He stresses that you can lose weight regardless of what you eat if you reduce your calories, but that doesn’t mean quality should be ignored. Fell writes, “An entire pound of fresh spinach has the same number of calories as a single Oreo cookie. Which do you think satisfies the appetite more (not to mention being more healthful)?” Well said.

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2 responses to “The Twinkie Diet. Really?

  1. Hehehe…I could almost say “I’ve read it all now….” Good Lord.

  2. twinkies!! oh god i can’t even imagine how much bolusing that would be!! That alone would make me gain weight as a type 1!

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