The Twinkie Diet That’ll Leave You Frustrated

Let’s be real here, have you ever seen a more beautiful oxymoron?

Those two words oppose everything I stand for, they’re the bane of my existence and to be real with you, they’re a little frustrating.

The Twinkie Diet gives us hope and empowers us…but there’s more that meets the eye.

Here’s everything you need to know….in 5 minutes.

 

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NEED TO KNOW INFORMATION

2010. August 5. Kansas State University.

Mark Haub decides to be a good teacher and teach his kids the right way by actually doing the diet himself for a school project. *sigh* Teachers these days. 

For 10 weeks, Haub lived the American Dream. 

He ate 1 Twinkie every 3 hours AND threw in Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos wherever he liked…because why the hell not?

Are you ready for what comes next?

Over the 10 weeks, Mark Haub lost 27 pounds, reduced his body mass index by 3.9, lowered his “bad” cholesterol (LDL) by 20 percent and increased his “good” cholesterol (HDL) by another 20 percent.

In other words, he ate junk food and lost weight. 

 

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WHAT DID I JUST READ?

If that were all there was to it, you and I would be waking up right about now.

In addition, Mark Haub made sure to consume 1 protein shake daily as well as a multi-vitamin and vegetables (3-4 stalks of celery daily).

Furthermore, Haub counted everything. 

Weighing in at just over 200 pounds, he started himself off with 1,800 calories daily and lowered that number as he lost weight.

A man his size and weight would normally need to consume 2,600 calories daily but by lowering them to less than 1,800 calories, he’s not only losing weight but losing it quickly (around 2 pounds a week).

 

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CAN THIS WORK FOR ME? 

Frankly, I’m scared of this diet so I can’t tell you from personal experience. 

But to answer your question, if done correctly, this diet WILL work for anyone. 

A writer for the Food Network by the name of Julia Caroline Smith did try it for 48 hours and recorded everything.

That’s too soon to see any weight loss, but her experience is far more interesting.

Julia recorded a headache as soon as lunch on the first day, as well as, extreme thirst, unbearable cravings and limb shakiness. 

Lastly, she describes the diet as, “not the absolute worst”.

Probably not the best way to describe a diet but then again, she could’ve labeled it as “the worst diet ever”…nothing’s stopping you from trying it. Am I right?

Fortunately for us, there may be something.

 

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WHAT WE DON’T KNOW 

Weirdly enough, the scary part is the information we don’t know yet.

“There are things we can’t measure”, explains Blatner, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA), “how much does that affect the risk for cancer? We can’t measure how diet changes affect our health.”

It’s for this reason, that I’ll never try this diet. 

Sure, you’ll lose weight.

Sure, you might lower your body mass index and your “bad” cholesterol…but what about the changes that our computers can’t measure? 

Does losing weight outweigh the risk of permanently damaging your health?

Is that a risk you’re willing to take? 

 

 


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CITATIONS

  1. Park, Madison. “Twinkie Diet Helps Nutrition Professor Lose 27 Pounds.” CNN, Cable News Network, 8 Nov. 2010, www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/index.html.
  2. Smith, Julia. “Food Network Staffer Diary: I Attempted the Twinkie Diet for 48 Hours.” Food Network, www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/behind-the-scenes/2017/01/food-network-staffer-diary-i-attempted-the-twinkie-diet-for-48-hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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