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Old 11-08-2010, 08:56 AM   #1
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http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08...ex.html?hpt=T2

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Old 11-08-2010, 09:03 AM   #2
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I was just about to share this link! As the author states, I wouldn't recommend eating like that...but it's interesting.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:06 AM   #3
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What's more important when it comes to calories, qaulity or quantity?

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08...ex.html?hpt=T2

This is posted elsewhere on 3FC, but I thought I would re-post for my calorie counting friends. I certaintly wouldn't recommend eating this way (as the author also states), but it's interesting nonetheless...
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:42 AM   #4
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Very interesting article! Thanks for sharing it here.

I am suprised his glucose levels didn't go up from all that sugar. But then again, I've never really eaten snack cakes so I am just assuming they have a ton of sugar. I wouldn't have thought they were as low as 150 calories each either.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:59 AM   #5
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Definitely an interesting "study." I wonder what his total fat intake was, though. I can see it now... snack cake companies pushing the diet. I think I am going to stick to my lean meats and fresh veggies. It is still very interesting that he lost weight just by watching his calories. That is one reason I like calorie counting - you can fit in foods easily to your plan.
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Interesting article. I think that this goes to prove that the way the human body works, fuels itself and functions is a far greater mystery than medical science would be willing to admit.
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i wasn't able to read the whole article, but i have a hard time believing it. while calories is very important, healthy food is important for the many health benefits. in the short term, eating healthy produce (and other very filling healthy foods) instead of junk food helps keep us satisfied on a diet. i can't eat pop tarts for breakfast. they might only be 200 cals, but 5 min later i'm asking myself, did i eat breakfast? there's no staying power! plus the lack of energy anyone would have. we just can't do our best w/o if we are tired before we even start.
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Never have liked Twinkies, but this is a very interesting article, thanks for re-posting it.
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I can 100% believe it. I have a brother in law who is pretty much the perfect weight for his height. Has a six pack. Doesn't work out and eats nothing but sweets and fried food. Has a job where he sits all day. His numbers on a recent blood test were all better than mine by FAR and I've been working my butt off to get them that way. A lot of it I think has to do with an individual's metabolism and just genetics overall. So I can see how this can happen, but just as with calorie counting, Atkins, etc., it's not something that will work for everyone if everyone tried it.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:18 AM   #11
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i wasn't able to read the whole article, but i have a hard time believing it. while calories is very important, healthy food is important for the many health benefits. in the short term, eating healthy produce (and other very filling healthy foods) instead of junk food helps keep us satisfied on a diet. i can't eat pop tarts for breakfast. they might only be 200 cals, but 5 min later i'm asking myself, did i eat breakfast? there's no staying power! plus the lack of energy anyone would have. we just can't do our best w/o if we are tired before we even start.
My thoughts exactly! This guy must have been dragging through his day. I know I would from eating all that sugar. And I totally agree that one twinkie every couple hours is not going to hold me for more than a few minutes. And as much as I love sweets, I'd probably start hating them after a week of eating like this.

Now, I know that 20 years ago I would have been all over this diet. But I'm older and wiser and know what fuels my body and what to eat to lose weight. I'd like to see a women try this diet and see what the outcome would be. Honestly, if I even took those calories down to 1500 a day, I don't think I'd lose more than 3-4 pounds a months eating all that junk.

But it was interesting how his cholesterol improved. I wonder had it done it longer if the numbers would eventually change.
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I too believe it. Every other time I've lost weight and counted calories I didn't necessarily eat the healthiest food.

I remember in high school (when i was at lowest weight) I had cereal for breakfast, then a sandwich for lunch and cheesy poofs or soup (school always served a soup) and a little debbie. Then dinner was always one of those little tubs that give a cup of food maybe but it was things like beef stew or ravioli and then again little debbies or ice cream or something. I ate maybe 1200 calories per day max and did NOT exercise. I lost weight (130s high 120s for a few weeks) and I kept it there until i started eating 'like a normal person' again. I did it again later in college but I tried to eat somewhat healthier and exerecised and I never made it back down to my high school weight or a healthy weight in general (under 145 for my height). I ended up giving up and now here I am!

I'm hoping I can get down to 145 healthfully but we shall see!
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I found this article interesting.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08...ex.html?hpt=T2
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:43 AM   #14
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thanks for the link, interesting indeed.
i agree with the notion that total calories eaten in a day DO matter, but yeh like the prof said, eating JUST processed junk food - not so good. and i agree giving up these kinds of foods forever is not realistic, at least for me. for me personally, i would let myself eat something if i really want it, but then get back on track again.

like the prof said you could be eating Healthy., but way too many calories, so you wont see fat loss.
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This raises so many questions.

I mean, I don't want to take away from my reading that Twinkies are better than meat for your cholesterol levels. I just can't go there.
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