An unusual experiment offers a radically different perspective on dieting.
In a recent experiment, Professor Mark Haub of Kansas State University was able to lose 27 pounds in two months by eating a diet of only sugary cakes, Twinkies, nutty bars and donuts. To prove that losing weight has more to do with pure calorie counting and not the food’s nutritional value, Haub limited himself to around 1,800 calories a day (against the recommended 2,600 calories) for 10 weeks, which decreased his body mass index from an overweight 28.8 to a normal 24.9. He, however, cautions against imitating his experimental diet to reduce weight, as he is still researching for more information on his study.
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?”
Despite his temporary success, Haub does not recommend replicating his snack-centric diet.
“I’m not geared to say this is a good thing to do,” he said. “I’m stuck in the middle. I guess that’s the frustrating part. I can’t give a concrete answer. There’s not enough information to do that.”