(July 15, 2013. After a months long absence Twinkies are back on the market. The original Twinkies had 150 calories. The new Twinkies are smaller and now have 120 calories each. In the examples below the Twinkies may be multiplied by 1.25 to find the equivalent numbers. The conclusions remain the same.)
In 2010 a college professor named Mark Haub went on a “convenience store” diet consisting mainly of Twinkies, Oreos, and Doritos in an attempt to demonstrate to his students “that in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most—not the nutritional value of the food”. He lost 27 pounds over a 2 month period, returning his body mass index (BMI) to within normal range.
Professor Haub also said that he would not state whether this diet is either healthy or unhealthy. There is not enough data. (You can also read more about the Twinkie diet here from CNNHealth)
I was astounded (not really) that Twinkies were not a part of any other weight loss plan or program. What’s up with that? Twinkies have been around since 1930 and over 500 million are sold each year. I think folks like Twinkies. (Before you comment about how bad Twinkies are to eat and the bad things that they do to you, please understand that I’m using Twinkies as a metaphor. That being said, please read on.)
I ate dinner last Sunday evening with friends at an upscale restaurant in Hartford, CT. The fellow sitting next to me told me that he lost over 60 pounds about 20 years ago by restricting his diet to only health things. The major thing that he cut out of his diet was cheese. He loves cheese and just can’t help himself if it is anywhere near him. He doesn’t buy cheese and he won’t even allow it in his house. He claimed that by not eating his beloved cheese he was able to not only lose weight but keep it off for all these years. Can you guess what he had for dessert? If you guessed a giant cheese platter, you would be correct. He ate every crumb.
Restricting your diet to only healthy foods and denying yourself foods that you crave is one way to do it. You crave Twinkies! So how many Twinkies can you have on the popular diets plans out there? That would be zero. How many Twinkies do you want on these plans? You would like to eat most of the 500 million sold each year.
Let’s take a hypothetical look at a Twinkie-meister. Bob is a 50 year old man who’s diet consists of Twinkies and only Twinkies. Bob is 5’11” and he weighs 240 pounds. His Body Mass Index is 33.4. Bob is obese. Assuming that Bob is lightly active, the total that Bob needs to consume is 2918 calories each day to maintain his current weight. With each Twinkie coming in at 150 calories Bob needs to eat 19.45 Twinkies every day. If Bob were to consume only 16.12 Twinkies per day or 2418 calories per day he would lose 1 pound per week. That’s cutting 500 calories per day out of his intake. Lets assume Bob continues to cut his Twinkie intake to 500 fewer calories than he needs to maintain his reducing weight for 61 weeks. He will achieve a normal weight of 179 pounds. If Bob continues eating 16 Twinkies per day he will maintain his new weight.
The key point in Bob’s example is that he continued eating whatever he wanted (Twinkies) he just ate fewer per day. He didn’t deny himself anything. That’s a pretty easy way to do it.
How can you lose all the weight you want without denying yourself the foods you love and keep it off permanently? There is an easy way to a slim and trim you. Its called Relax and Lose Weight. You can find it here: http://relaxandloseweight.org
How many Twinkies can you eat on Relax and Lose weight? The answer is: As many as you want. The interesting thing is that when you get the correct motivation going in the proper part of your mind you find that you are making better decisions, eating less and you’re satisfied with less because that is consistent with your new found motivation. You lose weight and keep it off permanently because you have changed your attitude and motivation about food. You never feel deprived because you can eat what ever you want.
Go to http://relaxandloseweight.org and see how the program works and how it will work for you.
(Please note that we don’t advise folks to eat snack foods to lose weight or to add Twinkies to your diet. The Twinkie is used as a metaphor for whatever food you are now eating that is not helping you lose weight. Even if you are eating only the healthiest foods on the planet, if you eat more calories than you need you will gain weight. If you eat fewer calories than you need to maintain your current weight you will lose weight. I also realize that for every ten pounds Bob loses he has to cut his Twinkie intake by about 1/2 Twinkie per day to continue losing weight at the same rate. Please don’t comment about how bad Twinkies are for you. Thanks – Frank)