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Can You Believe That There's A Junk Food Diet?

Sat, November 13, 2010 9:00am EDT by Add first Comment

College professor Mark Haub spent 30 days eating prepackaged junk food and he actually lost weight. We can’t help but wonder if this sweet diet is way too good to be true.

We’ll pass on the baby food diet, but there is one diet that sounds way too good to be true. Mark Haub, a Kansas State University nutrition professor spent a month eating 1,800 calories worth of Twinkies, snack cakes and pretty much every sweet treat that Little Debbie has to offer, with a few vegetables thrown in for good measure. Why would he willingly throw his body into sugar shock? In order to prove that junk food might actually help people lose weight, while foods regarded as nutritious may in fact, be worse. “Is it truly weight we should be concerned with or should it be what we eat?” asks Haub. “If we lose weight, this diet should be viewed as healthy.”

Jen Schefft is on her own version of the junk food diet — the pregnant former Bachelorette is craving Big Macs!

The professor conducted the experiment as part of an obesity-related energy balance course he’s teaching. “I never would have guessed I’d get paid to eat junk food,” he laughs.

Mark, 40, admits that he lost weight on this sweet-lovers dream diet, but does admit that after only 36 hours his head felt like “it was in a vise” due to the increase in his blood pressure and cholesterol. But he’s quick to point out that eating nothing but low-fat, low-calorie foods would be equally unhealthy as just ingesting junk food.

The other bonus to this diet, is the super-savings at the grocery store. According to Mark, his daily food budget was only about $5! Sure, this diet sounds too-good-to-be-true and we’re sure that it is. When we want to drop a dress size, we’ll stick with walking a few extra miles on the treadmill and cutting out the trips to the drive-thru.

–Amy L. Harper

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