DISCLAIMER: I’m not advocating any of these diets!
Time and time again people talk about good foods, bad foods, how much fat, sugar, and gluten is in this food etc.
The fact is you can certainly lose weight eating a diet of quote on quote “junk” food.
There’s a caveat to that, being in a consistent calorie deficit (expending more calories than you’re consuming on a daily, weekly, monthly basis)
Are the Twinkie and Ice-cream diets the best way to lose weight? CERTAINLY NOT!
I’m sure many of you are thinking this is just bonkers and a really unhealthy way to do things and why would I even bring up such craziness?
As much as I would generally agree with most of the above, and the two participants certainly didn’t particularly feel great during both of these diets at some stage, when they reached the end of their diet some of their key health markers IMPROVED as a result of their weight loss:
✔ HDL (“good”) cholesterol increased in both diets – GOOD THING!
✔ LDL (“bad”) cholesterol decreased in both diets – GOOD THING!
✔ Blood triglyceride levels which are an indicator of risk of heart disease decreased in both diets – GOOD THING!
Just to point out again, I’m not advocating actually using any of these methods and I most definitely don’t use them with my clients. I’m very much a proponent of a balanced diet which includes healthy nutritious food with some “fun” foods included along with that.
However the key take homes from these, we’ll call them “extreme” diets is a calorie deficit is the key to weight loss as regardless of the types of foods we eat.
The second take home is sure our lives tend to be better for when we've lost some weight we needed or wanted to lose.
When you do actually lose a significant amount of weight and maintain a "healthy" weight and it might sound really obvious but your general health will IMPROVE, even on these shocking diets, weight loss has improved the health of the two individuals that did them.
When we improve our health, we’re potentially adding more time to our lifespan to do more of the things we like with the people we like (or don’t like) as the case may be is a fantastic thing.
Thoughts on the Twinkie, and Ice-cream diet?