GeneSmart diet, or Twinkie diet?


When we learned about the GeneSmart diet in Asheville, one of the key points that Dr. Chilton brought up was that Americans simply eat too much. He talked about how our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have large feasts, followed by periods of famine when food was scarcer. Today, people eat large feasts daily, with no famine or fast.

Kansas State University

Today I came across this article from CNN, about Mark Haub, a nutrition professor from Kansas State University who shed 27 pounds by eating nothing but Twinkies, powdered donuts, Doritos, and other convenience store junk food. The premise of his experiment? Nutritional value and exercise, while important, matter far less for weight loss than plain old calorie counting. While the average man of his size would consume 2,600 calories per day, Professor Haub limited himself to 1,800.

It’s important to note that while Haub did lose some poundage, he doesn’t advocate eating only junk food. We need proper nutrients. He simply proved his point, similar to Dr. Chilton’s – eat less calories, lose weight. It’s something to keep in mind as you compete in the Wellness Challenge and work to improve your overall health.