Mark Haub Junk Food Diet

January 3, 2012 by staff 

Mark Haub   Junk Food DietMark Haub Junk Food Diet, An American professor of nutrition has undergone a 10-week diet of biscuits, cakes and other high-sugar, fat-laden junk food and has lived to tell a tale of weight loss, deeper sleep and better general health.

Mark Haub, associate professor, department of human nutrition at Kansas State University, decided to become a guinea pig for his students while teaching a syllabus course on energy balance. His aim was to investigate the metabolical, mental and sociological effects surrounding body weight.

After eating sponge cakes, biscuits, some raw vegetables and drinking full fat milk and a protein shake every day, Haub revealed this week that he had lost 12.1 kilograms from his original 91.3-kilogram body weight.

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Twinkies sponge cake was among the foods Mark Haub enjoyed during his diet.

After an initial “rough” few days, he reported that he was snoring less and sleeping better. His other health indicators also showed improvements through a lower body mass index, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, he said.

But before lovers of junk food can start finding solace in Haub’s experiment, note he limited his intake to a maximum of 1800 calories (7531 kilojoules) a day, exercised heavily throughout the period and took vitamin supplements in addition to “muscle” protein shakes.

At one point he estimated to have burnt, and not replaced, more than 800 calories through an “abnormal” strenuous workout.

“I am not recommending or promoting this approach. I am simply in the process of illustrating that foods deemed to wreck diets, cause obesity, lead to diabetes, etc… do not – in and of themselves – do that,” he said on his Facebook profile page after four days and a 3.2-kilogram loss.

One of Australia’s leading nutritionists, Dr Rosemary Stanton, said Haub’s experiment proved one thing.

“He showed he lost weight because he reduced his calorie intake,” Stanton said.

“He felt better because he lost weight. His weight loss was sufficient to reduce his blood pressure and BMI.”

Dr Tim Gill, associate professor at the University of Sydney’s Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise, agreed the calorie intake was key in achieving the results.

“Any change in your diet usually results in weight loss. Generally when people change routine, they eat less and reduce their calories, so they lose weight short-term,” he said.

Stanton said Haub’s immediate need for nutrients may have been fulfilled by the high-protein shakes and vitamin capsules he took each day.

“They stopped him having any nutrient deficiencies,” she said.

Gill said the experiment followed a global trend to take diets to the extreme which started with the Super Size Me documentary in 2004 and is now enjoying traction among reality TV shows. He said it did not take into account the benefits of good nutrition over a person’s lifetime.

“You can’t see that in 10 weeks,” he said.

“What [Haub] is trying to say is that if you don’t go over the 1800 calories you won’t have any worsening effects. What I’m saying is most people who might try this will go over 1800 calories and in the long term will get ill effects.”

He said the experiment was not helpful to the scientific community because it was not known whether other factors such as stress reduction, rest or exercise had influenced the results.

“Plus a lot of these [body] measures are not very stable,” he said.

Stanton questioned why a professor of nutrition should be overweight to start with and said the experiment sent two clear messages.

“The right message is that calories matter. The wrong message is that health doesn’t,” she said.

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