Mark Haub, a researcher at Kansas State University, tried out a restricted-calorie junk foot diet for 10 weeks to see what would happen. That meant lots of Doritos, Hostess cakes, and Twinkies in place of his normal meals, plus a daily protein shake and a few vegetables. He did, however, only consume 1,800 calories a day, compared to 2,600 of healthy foods like he usually did.
The result? Mark lost 27 pounds in two months and now weighs 174 pounds. In addition, he lowered his LDL cholesterol, upped the good stuff (HDL), and reduced his triglycerides by 39 percent. His body fat percentage dropped from 33.4 to 24.9 percent.
But even though restricting his caloric intake meant Haub came out of his experiment measurably healthier, dietitians and even the researcher himself don't recommend trying out the experiment.
"There are things we can't measure," said dietitian Jackson Blatner when interviewed about the results. "How much does that affect the risk for cancer? We can't measure how diet changes affect our health." Haub added, "I'm not geared to say this is a good thing to do."
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