You have seen me say it again and again: If you want to lose weight, you simply need to eat less calories than you burn.
The Issues Surrounding Weight
But I’m not the only one who would like to tear his hair out over the neverending claims that this or that has to be eliminated from your diet for you to lose weight. Mark Haub, professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, wants to show in a self-experiment that you can lose weight by only eating junk food. He told food-navigator-usa.com:
“The purpose is to illustrate metabolic, mental and sociological issues surrounding weight. The principle is simple: eat fewer kilocalories than I expend”.
According to AOL News for the month after finishing this endeavor he plans to gain weight by only eating foods deemed as healthy, to challenge the idea of “junk food vs. health food”. Which is just as well, as a while ago I read a report by British authority Lacors that found children in kindergartens are fed so many whole grains, vegetables and fruits and so much fiber that they hardly get enough fat and calories – you can have too much of a good thing.
All I can therefore say is: More power to Professor Haub. There would be a lot less obesity and ill-led “healthy living” if there was more understanding about how nutrition works.
You can find an exclusive follow-up interview with Prof. Haub here.
Thanks to Jess, whose blog on nutrition led me to discover Prof. Haub’s undertaking.