Professor Loses 27 Pounds on a Junk Food Diet: Should You?

Controlled diet of even junk food can be properly digested for weight management.

Alyce Vayle Author

Have you heard of this guy? For 10 weeks, Mark Haub ate only junk food. He lost lots of weight, improved his cholesterol and got his BMI down to a healthy level. All by eating lots and lots of Twinkies. I am not kidding.

To make things even more interesting, he is a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University. He had been burning the candle at both ends and not looking after his diet. He was eating healthily but too much. His BMI had crept up to 28.8 – anything above 24.9 is overweight and 30 is clinically obese, so he could be considered very overweight – not a great look for a professor of nutrition.

“I was eating healthier, but I wasn’t healthy. I was eating too much,” says Professor Mark Haub.

this is a photo of junk food

What did he eat on his junk food diet? He ate Twinkies and hostess cakes…

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3 thoughts on “Professor Loses 27 Pounds on a Junk Food Diet: Should You?

  1. …where is sanity? Maintaining an ideal weight is not something which is done outside of the ‘whole’ self. The mind and the body are connected, and eating Twinkies or practicing the so-called “high protein” diet, or any other “diet” that is not a complete lifestyle is courting deadly consequences. There is not a quick fix magic bullet that suddenly allows us to eat without conscience. Oh we may drop a few pounds while stuffing our hole with junkfoods, and we may even drop a few more eating nothing but beef. But to actually ‘be’ at a consciously chosen weight means to be conscious and develop a lifestyle of healthy habits. Move more. Eat fresh whenever possible, and drink in moderation. It’s not difficult. It takes only committment. But who wants to take responsibility for the effects of behavior? Where’s the book in that? And hey, if we can’t mindlessly stuff our faces while sitting numbly on the sofa watching re-runs of Law and Order, what’s the point? 😉

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