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Published:February 14th, 2012 14:47 EST
Twinkie: A Great Diet Food?

Twinkie: A Great Diet Food?

By SOP newswire2

Twinkies - A great diet food

When Hostess announced that it was going bankrupt, people immediately began to grieve over the thought of losing their Twinkies. Sure, some were panicking about never eating a cupcake or Ho Ho or Ding Dong again, but it was the loss of the Twinkie that got all the attention and emotional outpouring.

Too bad. Twinkies are a great diet food!

Twinkies have been the symbol of junk food in America. They are the quick illustration of why America is fat and getting fatter and one of the prime targets of experts in the media who say America has to stop snacking on junk food.

But here`s the problem - No matter what experts say, they`re not going to get America to give up pizza and ice cream and Twinkies. And quite honestly, they shouldn`t. The best way to lose weight and maintain your proper weight is by portion control - cut down your calories by cutting down the amount of food you eat. Don`t change what you eat, just change how much you eat.

You won`t stay on any diet if you deprive yourself of foods you love. Rather, you should make sure that you are eating the foods you love, but in the right amount. If you want to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life, you have to change your mindset about food. So start thinking this way -

There are no bad foods when you`re trying to lose weight. Just bad portion sizes. The reason you gain weight from eating "junk" foods is the same reason you gain weight from eating any kind of food - because you are eating too much of them. Just like with other foods, you have to eat the right amount of "junk" foods. You eat Twinkies as a snack or dessert. That`s a great treat. But Twinkies are sold in packages of twos, and each Twinkie has 150 calories. So the problem people have with Twinkies is that they eat both of them in the package, for a snack or dessert of 300 calories. That`s too much.

The right amount of Twinkies you should eat for a snack or a dessert is one. A tasty, sweet snack or dessert that comes in at 150 calories is not going to make you fat or even gain weight, but it is going to satisfy you and help keep your portions in check during the rest of the day. We`re not saying you should have junk food everyday. We`d rather you snack on even more satisfying and filling foods. We think...

Leftovers are a perfect example of a great snack. Leftover steak or chicken or lasagna in your fridge are going to be very satisfying snacks...even more satisfying than candy or chips. But just remember...

The trick to snacking correctly is to snack on the right size portions of the foods you really love. And if you don`t have to feel nervous about eating a Twinkie, if you know you can have a Twinkie today and a Twinkie tomorrow and whenever you want, then it will be easier for you to eat just one Twinkie as a snack.

Unless, of course, they stop making them! 

 

Myles Berkowitz lost 46 pounds and has kept it off for over 4 years by eating whatever he wants, but in the right portion sizes.   

 

Together with Steven Kates, a fitness and nutrition expert,  he created Lifesize Portions which teaches people the portions Berkowitz ate for weight loss and continues to eat for weight loss maintenance.

 

Judyth Piazza interviews Myles Berkowitz, Co-Founder of Lifesize