Calories do count: Teacher loses with the Ding Dong diet

A nutrition professor at Kansas State University has bucked common dieting sense by losing 27 pounds in two months on a steady regimen of Hostess snack cakes and other assorted junk foods.

Limiting his intake to under 1,800 calories daily, Mark Haub set out to prove the foundation of portion control as a means to weight loss — regardless of the source of said calories.

“It may be an issue of portion size and moderation rather than total removal,” Haub said of junk foods. “I just think it’s unrealistic to expect people to totally drop these foods for vegetables and fruits.”

Indeed, the packaged food diet may not be the healthiest way to shed pounds, but the results still show in such markers as cholesterol levels, blood pressure and diabetes.

“Generally, you will see these markers improve when weight loss has improved,” said dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner.



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