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November 11, 2010

Twinkie diet helps man lose weight

A diet of Twinkies and other snack foods helped a college professor lose so much weight over a couple of months that he went from being overweight to being normal.

Many media outlets have reported about this. Here's CNN's take.

But nutritionists say while he lost weight by lowering his caloric intake, they say there are tradeoffs. Nutritionists have long said that the amount of calories matters more than the kind of diet. 

While the professor lost weight, and even improved other numbers such as cholesterol -- atttributed to the weight loss and not the diet -- he may have put his health at risk for other problems such as cancer and other problems. No one was recommending the diet.

But could this really be a strong message that there is no one diet right for everyone. The right one is the one that helps you cut calories. What works for you?  

Posted by Meredith Cohn at 7:00 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Diet and exercise


... helps man 'loose' weight? In a major-market newspaper? how sad.

Learn the difference between lose/loose.

Loose: The opposite of tight.

Lose: To have something removed from your possession.

You should probably fix it to lose from the erroneous loose, at least in order to maintain a semblance of professionalism.

hi i loss my weight but iam brest feed so tell me what ido

What works is to eat more leaves than seeds. Corn, rice, wheat, soy and everything that is made from them - all seeds and all out of the diet. That this gent was eating 1800 calories a day and supplementing with multivitamins of COURSE he'd lose weight. Healthy is another question - I'd love to see what nutrient deficiencies he would have gotten had he stuck to his junk-food diet for a few years.

Did someone edit this copy? The word "loose" should be "lose". Come on guys! I hold you to a higher standard!

Eek. I may need a little more coffee. Thanks for pointing out. -MC

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.

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