Friday, November 12, 2010

Twinkie Diet Actually Proves to be Positive - I'm down with that.

Maybe not completely positive, but it is an interesting little experiment and incredibly relevant to what LapBand folks are going through.

A professor of human nutrition from Kansas State University did a 10-week-long experiment to find out if you would lose weight if you ate fewer calories even if what you ate was JUNK FOOD. He did. He lost 27lbs in 10 weeks because he consumed fewer calories. He ate snack cakes, chips, and other sugary, carb-infested goodies and STILL lost weight. He ate 1,800 calories per day of pure junk.

Here's the whole story on CNN.

He admits that the long-term effects of poor nutrition are not conclusive from his experiment, but that in a nutshell, he proved what he wanted to prove. That weight-loss is based more on calorie intake and not so much nutrition. He took a multi-vitamin everyday to keep from having issues - and his bloodwork proved that the multi-vitamin was sufficient for the 10 week experiemnt.

Is this not exactly what the LapBand life is all about? Less of anything is OK and moderation is the key.

I think the reason why his little study excited me so much is not because I'm going to go out and only eat Twinkies and Doritos, but because he has shown that Calories count and portions count - that makes me feel good about the decision I made to choose LapBand as my bariatric surgery and it makes me feel good about my everyday choices. They are over-all nutritious, but, when you splurge, it's all about the calorie in-take and balancing that out during the week.

I would like to see a woman do the same diet and see how the results might differ. However, I won't be the one volunteering for that ;)

8 comments:

Ginger aka Gidget said...

It probably only works for men. LOL! We on the other hand would GAIN 12 lbs. I do sometimes swap my more healthy foods for a sweet. Can't help myself. :)

KLRogers said...

Thanks a great kick in the pants to those people who say you that you can't have (fill in the blank) !!

Silverhairedgoddess said...

Me either - if I just look at sweets, I gain weight.

Gen said...

Interesting! I am not surprised at all. The big issue is controlling yourself once you start in on the Doritos and Twinkies!

Sam said...

I guess he really has proved that even if we do have a treat every now and then, we shouldn't let it derail our whole week :o)

Nikki P said...

very interesting, thanks Mary :)

Mary said...

Hey girl! How cool is that!!!!!!! There are two other girls from our great state that have blogs also!!! Have you found them yet? Email me I would love to talk with ya!!!! catmalonesellers@yahoo.com! How cool is this??? Same name, same state, almost same band date!!! ;)

Rachel said...

You night lose weight but I think I would be bouncing off the walls on this diet.