Junk Food Diet – The Hidden Truth About Wacky Diet

by Colin Carmichael

Okay, last week we talked about Professor Haub and his "Twinkie Diet".

Summary: While his calorie count was a strict 1800 a day limit or less … most of his calories came from junk food like Twinkies, powdered donuts, Doritos, and other assorted "junk foods".

And as crazy as it sounds…

He lost weight. And his cholesterol went down.

There are really a lot of things I want to say and discuss about this experiment. (I'll cover many of these in the days and weeks to come.)

However, one thing jumped out at me when I first read this story.

First off, we had many excellent observations at the previous blog post on what my observation may have been.

Most of the thoughts on what may have happened never even crossed my mind. (I'm a little too trusting and naive sometimes. I don't always look for the hidden causes.)

As pointed out by subscribers, it's very possible that there were things going behind-the-scenes that were not mentioned or discussed as part of the publicized version of this story.

For example…

Was he taking cholesterol drugs or natural fat blockers?

Then there are the realistic possibilities that the data wasn't being looked at and interpreted properly by the average observer..

Example: What if the weight he lost was MUSCLE and not fat? (This is a HUGE and often overlooked topic.)

And because it was such a brief experiment on only one person, we'll never know about long-term consequences of continuing such a risky diet. (Although I think most of us can accurately predict a not-so-healthy long term outcome, right?)

Okay, without further adieu … the one "aha" moment I had when I first read this article was in this paragraph:

Two-thirds of his total intake came from junk food. He also took a multivitamin pill and drank a protein shake daily. And he ate vegetables, typically a can of green beans or three to four celery stalks.

I went from thinking this story was an April Fool's Day type prank to saying "AHA, more proof that confirms what myself, my family and clients have known for years. That your body will let you get away with more "bad" stuff, provided you have the proper 'good' or 'eraser type' foods and supplements to offset it.

Look, ideally we'd all eat a mostly raw vegetarian diet. Add in a little meat for protein.

We'd eat nothing artificial or fake. Only organic, whole foods.

But the demands on our time and the cravings of our taste buds make it almost impossible for most of us to pull this off without feeling deprived, irritable, and cranky.

That's why I suggest you do what worked for me.

Do what worked for my wife and other family members.

Do what's worked for countless clients over the years.

And that's to add in natural supplement formulas and sneak in some of the very best foods that act almost like "magical erasers" and allow us to get away with more "bad foods" vs. if we didn't eat these special foods.

And according to the paragraph mentioned above … one of these foods was part of Professor Haubs' daily diet.

The food I'm referring to is…

Celery.

Professor Haub ate 3-4 stalks of celery on most days.

Don't get me wrong here. I don't mean to dismiss the green beans and protein drink he supplemented as well.

And I should also point out that I'm still not convinced there weren't other things going on here that haven't come out yet.

Having said all that..

I'm 100% convinced that his daily dose of celery played a large role in his favorable results.

As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome below.


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Judy July 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I have been diagnosed with “fatty liver”, A specialist took me off of niacin and put me on low dose Lipitor (10mg). My liver enzymes stopped spiking and that was good for me. As a bonus I have a total cholestrol of 174 (70 hdl and 104 ldl). I do not drink alchohol but I am overloaded with stress in my life living with two disabled loved-ones. Diet and exercise does nothing to lower my sugar levels which are getting close to full blown diabetes. What should I do?

Colin July 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Judy, I’ll email you directly on this, but a couple thoughts to share with everyone…

Too much stress can undo a lot of good health practices. Bad eating = stress on your body. Regular stress (work, marriage, finances, whatever) is also putting stress on your body.

If we could remove stress and inflammation from our bodies … we’d have a REALLY tough time getting sick if we wanted to!

Something to think about.

On the diet and exercise not helping with blood sugar…

I’ll go over your diet in the email, but I’ve NEVER heard of exercising not helping blood sugar levels. Exercise is always a good thing. Always. ;-)

- Colin

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