Have you heard of the Twinkie diet? It’s also known as a convenience store diet. A professor of human nutrition decided to prove that the main cause of weight loss was counting calories, not the nutritional value of the food. So for two months, he ate a small meal of junk food every three hours. His meals consisted of Twinkies, Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Doritos, sugary cereals, and Oreos. That was two-thirds of his diet — the rest included a daily protein shake, some vegetables, and a multivitamin pill. His project was a success, in that he lost 27 pounds in two months.
Sounds great, right? When I heard this, I was thinking, “Where do you sign up for this kind of research?!?” What made his “diet” effective was that he limited himself to less than 1,800 calories a day. A man of his size would normally consume 2,600 calories per day. The key to his “diet” (and any diet) was to consume fewer calories than he burned. It makes sense. (That’s my approach, although it looks like I haven’t been eating enough junk food!)
You might assume this his junk food diet would make his health worse, but it actually didn’t. His “bad” cholesterol (LDL) dropped 20 percent and his “good” cholesterol (HDL) increased by 20 percent. His level of triglycerides (a measure of body fat) went down by 39 percent. That’s inconceivable.
So according to his research experiment and the documented results, you can eat Twinkies and Oreos and Doritos every day and become healthier! The numbers don’t lie.
At this link there’s a list of what his typical daily diet would include: Twinkie diet helps professor lose 27 pounds.
I almost hesitate to admit this next part because it might mean that the self-proclaimed “Important Doctor” might actually know something about nutrition and be right, but perhaps there is some validity to the bacon and cheese diet, if used in moderation. I decided to put that in here because it sounds like some research is in order… 🙂 We also need to add Cheetos and Oreos and ice cream to it. Then include copious amounts of Southern-style sweet tea, and it would be the most awesome diet ever.