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Keeping in mind that Professor Dr. Haub lost 27 pounds on the "Twinkie Diet", should we just focus on counting calories instead of choosing healthy foods?

Keeping in mind that Professor Dr. Haub lost 27 pounds on the "Twinkie Diet", should we just focus on counting calories instead of choosing healthy foods?
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  • focusing on a single variable of a complex problem is bad science

    Simple calorie counts cannot possible take into account the complexities of the human body, and insuring those needs are met in a healthy fashion. Seems dangerously irresponsible to do so in fact, fad diets have been known to cause plenty of health problems, a simple google search can prove dozens of examples.

  • We should not just focus on calorie counting, but rather eating healthy foods overall.

    No, we should not just look at calorie counting, but instead, it is important to focus on eating more healthy foods overall. It is important to eat a balanced diet, that is a well-rounded diet. It is important to consider the broader nutritional value of the foods we consumer, not calorie count alone.

  • No, healthy foods are important to a healthy lifestyle.

    No, the belief that counting calories trumps the need for an overall healthy diet can be detrimental to a person's long-term health. In the Twinkie Diet, the vitamins and calcium necessary for healthy hair, teeth, and bones are absent. The fiber needed for proper colon health is nonexistent. In the short term, eating small portions of unhealthy foods can be a way to lose weight, but if this way of eating continues, the body will surely suffer from serious deficiencies.

  • Health is about more than calories

    Although weight loss is sometimes touted as simply about "calories in, calories out," long term health requires us to look at the quality of those calories. Diets like Weight Watchers consistently rank as one of the best diets for losing weight because they focus on (1) fitting every day foods into our diet, and (2) teaching the healthy skills needed to stay on a diet. Simply focusing on calories doesn't teach you how to find foods that keep you full and satisfied, which is key to long term weight loss and maintenance.

  • Get rid of the Twinkie Diet!

    We should not just focus on counting calories instead of choosing healthy foods. This would be a HUGE mistake if people starting adopting something like a Twinkie diet. Although some people will lose weight, others will become sick and even gain weight from their inability to process sugar overload well.


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