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The Twinkie Diet

fat_twinkie_twilight_edwardMy girlfriend Beverly shares the same passion I do for help in helping people, especially with their health and fitness. She is a major contributor to online groups that share health information with each other. Bev has gathered quite a following from people who look to her for advice on what’s really true and effective with health and nutrition, because of so many conflicting messages out there – especially with the mass media who seems to be more confused than a chameleon in a bag of Skittles.

Here is an example of a comment from one of her advice seekers:

“Just came across this – curious what your thoughts are:”  http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/

This article was about a nutrition professor who went on a Twinkie diet involving copious amounts of junk food. He claimed this diet improved his health and caused weight loss.  He set out to prove that reducing his calorie intake to 1800 cal a day would result in weight loss, because this was a reduction in the calories he normally eats. The article was of course parroted by the mass media because it’s so sensational, which I’m sure was this professor’s true intention, but I digress and will include Beverly’s response below instead of ranting on like I usually do.


Thanks for posting this article. I love stuff like this. I think his premise that, “In weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most — not the nutritional value of the food.”…..is BOGUS!!!!!!! This is a shameful statement – coming from a NUTRITION professor. 

ANYONE knows that nutrients are what feed the brain and help the body achieve it’s optimum health. There are PLENTY of well-designed, legitimate studies to prove this point. 

In a nutshell, this is a pathetic excuse for an “experiment”. A 10 week time period tells you nothing about the true affects of his “diet”. BMI is a worthless indicator. I would like to see some actually useful statistics like muscle lost, etc. The ultimate epitome of bad science is using a study group of 1 and having the study only go for 10 weeks. 

This is a completely uncontrolled experiment because we are expected to trust him and his report based on blind faith of someone we don’t even know, who had absolutely no supervision. He didn’t even attempt to involve a single legitimate scientist. 

Professors pull publicity stunts like this all the time to advance themselves in their career and get attention. There have been plenty of cases of them being exposed after the fact as a fraud. 

Most studies that intend to produce bias results are notorious for lasting 12 weeks or less, because bad scientists know that in this amount of time you can tweak the variables to prove just about anything you want. This is why so many pharmaceutical studies last only 12 weeks, even though they know full well that their customers will be using their products for months, if not years. 

Well-designed, legitimate studies last a year or more with hundreds (or thousands) of subjects involved. Even though this professor’s “experiment” had a sample of 1, I’d still like to see this guy continue this diet for a year or more, closely observed 24-7 by an independent, unbiased scientist ensuring he’s being honest and consistent with all foods, activity, etc. to control variables. I’d be willing to bet the bank that he wouldn’t make it a year without ending up in the hospital from some nutrient deficiency disease or major health event.

For those of you who want to know how to discern what is believable and what is not in regards to experiments and science, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1RXvBveht0

My comments/rant (I can’t help it):

Well said Bev!

His poor, young, impressionable students unfortunately think of him as an authority because he is their “Professor” and this horrible lesson will stick in their minds, causing them to mislead other people and perpetuate this gross and negligent display of misinformation.

This pathetic excuse for a teacher is a perfect example of the typical nutrition professor and the ridiculous, absurd things they teach the nutrition students of today. It’s no wonder why current students are still spreading major misinformation, as most traditional dietitians are direct contributers the obesity pandemic in this country. They tell people to eat “healthy” whole grains and other advice that makes people sicker and fatter, instead of advice that actually works, like cutting out all grains completely. Most dietitians also continue to preach the fatally flawed, “Calorie In – Calorie Out” theory this professor is trying to substantiate with this complete joke of an experiment.

Shame on him!

Note:  I purposely didn’t mention the professor’s real name in this post, because I refuse to give him any bump in exposure with the search engines, since I suspect that is part of his intention behind this crazy scheme.  Most people who pull stunts like this show everyone their true colors: That that they care nothing about the health and welfare of the public, but only about their own selfish ambition to attract attention.

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PJ and Bev Caught at the NW Chocolate Festival!

chocolate festival 14Yep, it’s true. I must admit that Beverly and I were indeed at the Northwest Chocolate Festival. In fact, we bought the full sh’bang all-access weekend pass!

How much chocolate did we eat? About 2 small pieces worth. And those were sweetened with coconut nectar.

So why were we there then, if not to binge on chocolate like everyone else? Well, Beverly was there to scope out the chocolate makers at their booths and I was there to take classes and learn stuff. In fact, I was in classes nonstop all day Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM and it was awesome! I learned a ton, met a lot of great chocolatiers and was reinforced with the knowledge I already had about the science of chocolate and its health benefits (when done right).

One of the things that made the biggest impression on me was (more…)

Is Your Kitchen Lonely?

Copyright Eliot Cohen - Zeitgeist Photography email: eliot@zeitgeist.com.auWhen is the last time you spent some quality time with your kitchen?

My philosophy is all about getting healthy through food and proper nutrition. This involves eating REAL food instead of processed foods, and eating the kinds of foods we ate 200 years ago – before the processed food revolution hooked us on instant gratification and tore us away from our kitchens. 

Heck, even as recent as 40 years ago, we spent time every day in our kitchens, cooking real food that had one ingredient for each item. These items didn’t need a food label or nutrition facts either, because the ingredient list was just one word – like, “spinach” or, “salmon.”

Then along came the processed food revolution, starting with (more…)

Restoring Your Youthful Metabolism

Remember when you were a kid, how you could stay skinny despite eating whatever you wanted? Well, here’s a video with some practical ways for you can get that kind of metabolism back at any age!


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