Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Twinkie Diet

A professor at Kansas State just spent 10 weeks eating Twinkies, Doritos and other crap and lost 27 lbs. His good cholesterol went up and bad went down. He did also take a multivitamin, a protein shake and the equivalent of a can of vegetables each day. The key: he stuck to 1800 calories a day. Pushing away from the table is a huge factor. Knowing when enough is enough is the key, whether poor or rich. Golly, I guess those poor people exploited by megacorporations must be just consuming too much.

This reminds me of Supersize Me, which was a mega-hyped and entertaining documentary. I liked Morgan Spurlock's presentation about health and food in general in that film, which the quest for 30 days of McDonald's served as a framework to weave around for 90 minutes. He shows some interesting statistics in the documentary, and it is worth a watch. What I did not like was a slight "not the whole truth" fault in his 30 day quest. If you hear his doctor talk to him when the doc gets worried, he says Morgan has to cut out the milkshakes. It also looked weird that his bags were always so full if he was just eating a meal deal (even if supersized). Spurlock was sucking down milkshakes on top of his regular 3 MickeyD's meals. He boosted his calorie intake to 5K per day, and look at their menu, it's tough to get to 5K with just 3 meals. A Canadian professor ate only McDonald's for 30 days and lost 17 lbs. Swedish research showed similar non-scary results. I liked Spurlock's message of eating healthy, but his non-stop demonization of McDonald's got in the way of doing a documentary. He turned the truth into a truth he wanted to portray. If you read the Les Sayer essay on why he did his month long McDonald's diet, there is that fear that people see something and accept it as truth. As Howard Zinn once wrote, there is no pure fact.

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