The ‘Twinkie Diet’ isn’t about simply what you eat

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By Dr. James Stapleton

If you think you have to stop eating junk food to lose a ton of weight – this is going to shock you.
Here is why:  According to a CNN article, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, lost 27 pounds in 10 weeks on his “Twinkie Diet.”
What’s the “Twinkie Diet?”  For 10 weeks, Mark ate a Twinkie every 3 hours instead of meals.
Yes, you read that right: According to the article, “to add variety to his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too.”
As it turns out, the good professor was doing his own little experiment.  His theory is that when it comes to weight loss, caloric intake is what’s most important, not the quality of food.
So Haub consumed fewer calories than he burned.  He limited himself to less than 1,800 calories a day.  A man of his size usually burns 2,700 calories per day.
Results? His body mass index went from 28.8, considered overweight, to 24.9, which is normal. His weight went from 201 to 174 pounds.
But wait:  Just because he lost weight doesn’t necessarily mean he’s healthier, right?
According to the article, Haub's “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, dropped 20 percent, and his “good” cholesterol, or HDL, increased by 20 percent.
He reduced the level of triglycerides, which are a form of fat, by 39 percent.
“That’s where the head scratching comes," Haub said. "What does that mean? Does that mean I'm healthier? Or does it mean how we define health from a biology standpoint, that we’re missing something?”
Great point, Professor Haub.
Clearly, how most people define health has made and kept them sick for a long, long time. For example, most people think that if you do not have physical symptoms, then you are not sick.
If your back does not hurt, there is nothing wrong with it.  If you don’t have a fever, aches and pains and don’t feel sick, you are not sick.
Well, here’s a question for you:  What’s the first symptom of heart disease?
That’s right, a heart attack.
But, clearly, that heart attack was building for many years…even decades.
What’s the point?
There is a monstrous gap in between what many people, doctors and scientists consider “healthy” and what, in reality, actually is healthy.
Clearly, not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
In other words, real health is something science simply does not yet have the ability to measure. Just because it cannot be measured with the tools science presently has, does not mean it does not exist. That’s why, at some point, everyone has to make a decision about what’s best for them with the use of current scientific research and a little common sense.  
Ask yourself – is a Twinkie every 3 hours healthy, even if you lose weight?

Dr James Stapleton is an owner of Shelby County Chiropractic. You may reach him at 633-1073 or visit www.shelbycountychiropractic.com.