Here at Sip & Savor we often write about the key to maintaining a healthy weight: energy balance. More simplistically, that means balancing the calories you take in from everything you eat and drink (regardless of their source) with the calories you burn through physical activity.
So today, we thought we'd share an interesting news article about a Kansas State University Nutrition Professor who embarked on a 30-day experiment to eat what would be deemed by many as an "unhealthy" diet. During his experiment, Associate Professor Mark Haub primarily consumed snack cakes and cookies several times a day, with only vegetables for dinner. The assumption by most may be that he would gain weight during this time and have some unhealthy outcomes. Yet, he lost 17 pounds - and had some health improvements. Haub didn't alter his physical activity level, and while he did drastically change his diet, he focused on keeping his calorie intake at 1,800 calories per day. You can hear him talk about his experience by listening to this brief interview on Kansas City NPR affiliate KCUR-FM.
Now we aren’t endorsing or condoning his experiment. But, as was pointed out in an ABCNews.com article, Haub was "trying to prove a point" that it is "not what you eat (so long as you meet certain nutritional standards), but how much you eat, that really matters."