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The Cake Diet

Michael Gray
Cake CAN help you lose weight...if you don't eat very much of it. That's what one American professor set out to prove with a crazy ten-week diet...
Mark Haub, a professor of nutrition at Kansas State University, set out to demonstrate that a reduced calorie diet is the key to weight loss - not the nutritional content of the food. To that end, he ate only Twinkies - e-number packed plastic-wrapped snack cakes beloved of American junk food junkies - every three hours, with an occasional snack of crisps or some other junk food item (he also supplemented with a daily protein shake and a modicum of fruit and veg, so he didn't get scurcy). The key? He made sure that he never consumed more than 1800 calories a day, a significant reduction from his usual intake of around 2600 calories.
Staub lost just under two stone, saw a significant reduction in his body fat, and reduced his BMI to the 'healthy' range. But does he recommend that everyone take on a cake diet?
"It may be an issue of portion size and moderation rather than total removal. I just think it's unrealistic to expect people to totally drop these foods for vegetables and fruits. It may be healthy, but not realistic."
Does this kind of news make you feel less guilty about what you eat? Or do you think that cake should 


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