Mark Haub,a professor of Nutrition at Kansas State University, set out
in 2010 to prove that a diet including Twinkies could yield weight loss.
Haub lost 27 pounds over a ten week period drinking soda and eating
Twinkies as well as Little Debbie Cakes. His cholesterol levels also
improved. These impressive results lead to a media frenzy and Haub's
food plan was nicknamed the name 'Twinkie Diet.' Anyone looking to lose
weight can use the Twinkie Diet so long as they follow Haub's plan
Things You Will NeedTwinkies!
Step 1Limit calories. Haub set a limit of 1800 calories a day, a reduction from his normal 2500 calorie intake. Even though Twinkies are involved, the diet is not an all-you-can-eat buffet. Calories still count.
Step 2Control portions. Haub did not eat the entire box of Twinkies in one sitting.
Step 3Keep a food diary. Food experts quoted in the Orange County Register credit Haub's food diary for some of his weight loss success. Knowing how many calories are consumed helps keep dieters on track.
Step 4Watch the macronutrient composition. According to an analysis by nutrition writer and filmmaker Tom Naughton, Haub's diet, on average, was 38% fat, 47% carbohydrate and 15% protein. Per Naughton this is markedly fewer carbohydrates than most Americans consume and is part of the reason Haub lost weight.
Step 5Eat small meals every few hours. The Orange County Register reports this is another reason why Haub was able to stick to his diet and not exceed his 1800 calorie a day limit, he never became too hungry.
Step 6Copy Haub's menu. While his day-to-day diet did include junk food, he also ate vegetables, protein, fruit, protein shakes and took a multivitamin. In a typical day, he ate: Banana, Hoho, hotdog, protein shake, pulled pork sandwich, fruit loops and milk.
With moderation and tracking, Twinkies can help you lose weight. Who knew?
Tips & WarningsHaub does not endorse the Twinkie Diet and many experts have concerns about the long term effects of consuming highly processed foods and excess sugar.
The diet exceeds the American Heart Association's guidelines for added sugar consumption and may contribute to the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes later on.