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Nutritionist Hopes Unhealthy Diet Experiment Will Disprove Weight Loss Fallacies

September 2, 2010: 09:42 AM EST
A U.S. nutritionist is determined to disprove some commonly-held beliefs about weight loss and health. Prof. Mark Haub says he will eat nothing but fatty, sugary snacks for a month – the experiment began August 25 – to shed light on obesity-related issues and health, including the lack of a strong definition of healthy weight loss. Haub hopes to prove that foods known to ruin diets may not actually do that. His diet includes breakfast pizza, donuts and sugared cereal. Haub lost seven pounds in four days by eating 1,800 calories worth of foods high in saturated fats and sugar a day. Acknowledging it’s a risky, unhealthy diet, Haub wants to prove that eating fewer calories than expended causes weight loss, no matter where the calories come from.
Mark Haub, "K-state Professor Using Snack Cake Diet to Counter Popular Health Beliefs", News release, Kansas State University, September 02, 2010, © KSU
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