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Here’s a CNN story I read in mid-November. I hope you find it helpful; for me it was a true ‘light bulb’ moment. To prove calorie count trumps all, a nutritionist ate nothing but Little Debbie Snack Cakes for a couple of months and lost 27 pounds. Not only did he lose the weight, his blood work improved. Counter intuitively, his triglycerides and glucose levels got BETTER.

He doesn’t espouse Twinkies as a nutritional mainstay. It’s just an exaggerated means to illustrate the relationship between caloric intake and weight control.

Bottom-line: If you eat less than you burn, you WILL lose weight.

He is roughly my age and weight. So following his example I began a limited calorie diet the week before Thanksgiving (there’s an app for that.) I’m happy to report that in the intervening weeks I’ve lost 24 pounds, having gone from 200 to 176 pounds (as of this morning, 2/26/11.) And I’ve eaten everything from pasta to Mexican food—albeit in limited amounts.

Yes, I mixed in healthy foods too, but the freedom to eat what I wanted made this a maintainable diet.

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Comments ( 4 )

  1. / ReplySarah Cole
    Your page looks awesome Dean - very cool! As far as the 'Twinkie Diet', I'm waiting for the Ben&Jerries diet (choc. fudge brownie). That's a diet I can get on board with!
  2. / ReplyHal Johnson
    It seems like the debate rages on over the quantity of calories vs. the quality of calories with the fitness/nutrition gurus. Timothy Ferriss, author of "The 4-Hour Body," insists that quality counts, whereas Lou Schuler, author of the best-selling "New Rules of Lifting" books maintains that quantity of calories matters most. I wonder if it might be an individual thing: Some folks can eat a whole bag of Snickers with hardly a budge in blood-glucose, while others will spike big-time after a couple of tablespoons of catsup. There does seem to be a compelling body of research suggesting that keeping your blood sugar from spiking over about 100 more than twice a day results in better fat loss. Really, though, I think the best diet is one you'll stick with. In the past, I've had great results with a very-low fat regimen such as Pritikin or Ornish, but those diets are danged hard to maintain while traveling.
  3. / Replydeanmcole
    @Sarah Thank you Mrs. Cole. @Hal Thanks for the comment. I agree with everything you posted. I've long been a proponent of limited carb intake, especially processed sugars. Give me complex carbs and lean protein and I'm a happy man (as long as I can throw in the occasional Ben & Jerry's Sarah mentioned.)
  4. / ReplyMr. Gardemal
    I agree the comment and I want to read more of your book.

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