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I Gained 27 Pounds Eating One Twinkie

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I Gained 27 Pounds Eating One Twinkie

A few days ago my oldest son sent me a link to an article on CNN.com. The article is titled “Twinkie Diet Helps Nutrition Professor Lose 27 Pounds.” It’s been garnering a lot of internet attention, and shows up on Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs page as an “influential” post.

I can see it now – millions of unhealthy, obese Americans rushing out to the nearest 7-11 to stock up on these new diet foods, then wondering why they got sicker and fatter than ever.

Whatever the professor’s results from his 10-week junk-food binge, it’s not sustainable either as a weight-loss method or a lifestyle.

Lots of health bloggers have been writing about his experiment. There are good analyses here and here from people with science credentials.

I would like to point out that one person’s anecdote is not science – any more than my assertion that I gained 27 pounds eating a Twinkie. (Since I don’t eat them at all, that would be hard to do). I do know that for many years I’ve gained weight so easily, and lost it with such difficulty, that I’ve often told people I can gain 5 pounds just filling in the word “brownie” on a crossword puzzle.

I’ve seen my sister in tears because she couldn’t lose weight on a very reduced-calorie diet while swimming for about an hour each day. I’ve felt helpless for years as all my efforts at “sensible” weight loss plans accomplished nothing and I got sicker and sicker.

Heck, with all that I’ve learned in the past few years, I still am having a tough time losing weight, although it is coming off s-l-o-w-l-y.

Frankly, I think the professor, Mark Haub, has set nutrition back decades with his wacky experiment and the irresponsible publicity that followed.

That said, we’ll be taking a closer look at Mr. Haub’s junk-food binge over the coming weeks to see what its likely influence would be on his health in the long term. Not surprisingly, the words “leaky gut,” “diabetes,” and “chronic disease” will come into play.

Stay tuned. . .

Photo by Christian Cable on flickr

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