You've all seen the Twinkie Diet.  The nutritionist who rigorously restricted his calories, ate Twinkies and Ho Hos, and lost weight.  Just a few basic thoughts:

  • People have been trying the Twinkie Diet for decades.  Eat junk food, (try to) restrict calories.  THAT IS AMERICA'S DIET PLAN.  We've been eating the Twinkies all right.  One problem: no one seems to be able to restrict calories.  Most people find it incredibly hard.  For every Professor Haub who did it, there are 10,000 who failed.
  • You can always find someone who seems healthy doing any eating plan.  Lamar Odom.  Michael Phelps
  • If people do the Twinkie Diet and have long-term success, more power to 'em.  I'm not holding my breath.

For more detailed and scientific responses, here is Stephan at Whole Health Source, RG at Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger.  And Don at Primal Wisdom.

 


5 Responses to “The Twinkie Diet (aka, the diet Americans have been trying for the last 30 years)”

  1. Art De Vany says:

    This "study" should have been done in a controlled setting, as any scientist who wanted to seriously study this diet.

    He has his 15 minutes, but his tenure review committee will not look kindly on this.

    If he is a good nutirtional scientist, why did  he have 27 or so pounds to lose in the first place?

  2. Vince says:

    Read the story before but interesting to see the opinions of the paleo community on that topic. My favorite was when RG refered to Mr Straub as a FAT ASS. I thought he was a doctor but since I’m a fat ass too maybe my morbid obesity made me misread his credentials …

  3. Levi says:

    I actually have a friend who lost weight by following a similar junk food/calorie restricted diet in high school. He also nearly went completely bald. 

    • WordVixen says:

      Very true. About 10-12 years ago, one of my brother’s friends lost a LOT of weight by eating extremely high carb, low fat, low protein and swallowing about 1/2 a bottle of ginseng supplements every day. My brother tried to copy his friend’s diet and within a month or so was in the hospital, almost dead, had to have part of his intestines removed (lovely- the part that absorbs B12 and digests fat, not even sure that he can do proper Paleo or Primal for that reason- anyone know?), and has had extremely nasty chronic Crohn’s and internal yeast infection issues ever since.  He now is also diabetic and still ends up in the hospital every few months, and has been on steroids for the Crohn’s for almost a decade (not to mention several other meds).

      I haven’t yet seen anyone suffer from a high fat or high protein (or combination thereof), but I’ve definitely seen bad reactions to high carb!

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