Monday, November 15, 2010

Is that right?

Here at Jungle, we always say loosing weight is about caloric balance,  calories in and calories out. Well, this piece we publish today reafirms it. Enjoy it in the company of a good Little Debbie. :)

Snack-filled diet yields 27-lb. weight loss

By Jennifer LaRue Huget

It's the calories, dummy.

You may have read recently about the Kansas State University nutrition professor who lost 27 pounds while eating a diet rich in... Little Debbies. Mark Haub reportedly went from 201 pounds to 174 pounds over two months; his meals were centered around packaged snacks, sweet and savory, such as can be bought in convenience stores. He augmented those snacks with canned green beans and celery sticks. He also took a multivitamin and drank a protein shake daily.

Haub's experience adds a new element to the ongoing question in nutrition circles: Should we focus on certain food groups, such as proteins or carbs, as keys to managing our weight, or in the end is losing pounds simply a matter of consuming fewer calories than you expend. Haub's weight loss seems to support the latter: Without changing his level of physical activity, he cut back from something like 2,600 to 1,800 calories a day.

Twinkies were one of the foods Haub ate in his snack diet test. (AP)On top of that, Haub says other markers of health such as his levels of good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides have improved as he's lost weight. You can read more about his experiment on the Facebook page he set up.

Of course, Haub's short experiment doesn't shed light on the long-term effects of eating a diet filled with convenience-food staples. But to my mind it takes some of the angst and mystery out of the whole weight-loss equation. Eat less and you'll lose weight. Period.

What do you make of Haub's weight-loss experience? Are you likely to try a similar regimen yourself? (Or are you already on one?



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