Limbaugh: Don’t Diet, Eat Twinkies Instead

November 9th, 2010 at 1:21 am | 20 Comments |

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From Rush Limbaugh’s transcript:

RUSH: I told you I was gonna have fun with this story: “Twinkie Diet Helps Nutrition Professor Lose 27 Pounds.”  I love stirring the conventional wisdom pot, as you know.  And I love being right.  Folks, it’s a thrill.  I have to tell you, you don’t know what it’s like to be right as often as I am, particularly when you’re simply following instincts, when being right really doesn’t have that much to do with formal education, just being street-wise smart, just having common sense, having the guts to say what you know to be true regardless what the reaction to it is gonna be and when it eventually is all proven like “I hope he fails,” all this stuff.

What have I told you about diet and exercise?  Exercise is irrelevant.  What matters in losing weight is what you eat, pure and simple, and how much, nothing more than that.  And everybody tries to tell me I’m wrong, that I don’t know what I’m talking about.  And every time a story comes out on this I am validated, and nobody has ever said, “Rush, you know, you were right about this.”  This is CNN, their Web page:  “For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too.” This is a nutrition professor.  “His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most — not the nutritional value of the food.  The premise held up: On his ‘convenience store diet’ –” now, remember, this is what Michelle (My Butt) — uh, that’s the second time I’ve done that and I apologize.

You know, I have sworn, folks, that I’m not gonna pass on stories to you that have to do with her fashion sense, ’cause I, frankly, don’t care.  I really don’t care.  But some of it’s getting too hard to stomach now.  The fact that she’s a fashion icon, I’m sorry.  When she gets off the plane wearing something that looks like it’s got grease splotches on the dress, looks like she ran up against the hydraulic machine on the airplane and they’re calling it a fashion statement, I’m sorry, it doesn’t cut it with me.  And I don’t care.  But when you go that far overboard to claim she’s making fashion statements, like, they call it vintage.  (interruption)  No, I haven’t forgotten the diet story.  Look, it works here.  They’re calling it vintage.  Go back and wear old-fashioned stuff that you shoulda thrown away from the eighties that you still have and then you mix it with what somebody bought you today and call it a fashion statement called vintage, when basically you wear what fits.  You and I know a lot about that.  You and I, we wear what fits, to hell with fashion.  We don’t have time for that.

Anyway, Michelle Obama’s on this big obesity kick, right?  Gotta eat healthy stuff, gotta eat the garbage that she grows in the garden, nothing but fruits and vegetables. You can’t go out and grab a burger like her husband does every chance he gets.  I mean here comes some foreign leader, the last one was Dmitry Medvedev, and where does he take him?  To a burger joint in Virginia.  That’s because he doesn’t get to eat that stuff at home, and he is the president of the United States.  So he’s having to eat all this so-called healthy stuff and Michelle Obama wants to spend $400 million to combat food deserts.  She’s all upset that the only food available to poor urban people are convenience stores, the 7-Elevens.  What did Biden say, you can’t go in one without finding an Indian?  Yeah, that’s what Joe Bite Me said.  So she’s complaining about food deserts, and Michelle Obama wants to punish Big Food and Big Retail for not putting quality food stores in poor neighborhoods, right?  And that’s why there’s an obesity epidemic, right?

Okay, along comes Mark Haub, professor, human nutrition, Kansas State University, who ate a Twinkie every three hours, and when he got tired of Twinkies, he ate Doritos, sugar cereals, and Oreos.  And he was out there to prove that pure calorie counting is what matters most, not the nutritional value of the food.  And the premise held up on his convenience store diet available in what Michelle calls food deserts. He lost 27 pounds in two months eating Twinkies, Doritos, Oreos, and sugar cereals.  “For a class project, Haub limited himself to less than 1,800 calories a day.” He didn’t care where they came from.  It was 1,800 calories.  “A man of Haub’s pre-dieting size usually consumes about 2,600 calories daily. So he followed a basic principle of weight loss: He consumed significantly fewer calories than he burned. His body mass index went from 28.8, considered overweight, to 24.9, which is normal. He now weighs 174 pounds.”  He weighed 201.

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20 Comments so far ↓

  • buddyglass

    Man. He sounds even more ridiculous when you read it in print. Read the CNN article:

    1. He maintained the same level of “moderate physical activity”. So he wasn’t entirely sedentary.

    2. In addition to the snacks, he had a protein shake daily, a multivitamin, and ate various vegetables.

    3. He ate no meat.

    4. He ate 1800 calories a day, down from 2600 calories a day.

    While this is one possible way to lose weight, it sounds pretty miserable to me. Not to mention untenable in the long-term. And, of course, Rush takes it as some sort of repudiation of Michelle Obama’s efforts to advocate for healthier lifestyles.

  • drdredel

    Gotta eat healthy stuff, gotta eat the garbage that she grows in the garden

    Only someone who was repeatedly sodomized with a huge carrot (or maybe even a small cabbage) would utter such an absurd phrase.

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  • NRA Liberal

    So exercise and balanced diets are now “liberal”, I suppose.

    This starts to get silly. Dogs=conservative, cats=liberal, etc.

  • TerryF98

    Look around any Walmart in the country and you will see what overeating junk food has done to America. We are now a country of fat Ba$$tards.

    I reckon 20% of people over 50 are so overweight the only way to get around is with a motorized scooter, provided free of course with the help of socialized government healthcare. Of course that are all teahadists.

  • pampl

    I’ll listen to Limbaugh’s advice on dieting when/if he reaches a healthy weight. Before then he shouldn’t really pretend to know what he’s talking about.

  • Xclamation

    I’ve never actually listened to Rush Limbaugh’s radio program (mostly because I always just sort of assumed that he was angry and only vaguely-informed on the issues and if I wanted to get yelled at by “that guy” I could just call my father), but if all of his shows are like that I will start listening to him religiously. I mean, I could seriously use some more ‘wtf?!” in my day.

  • narcissa

    When you start asking why students at top universities flee the Republican party, why the idiocy in the party rises, right here is your example. That he is not laughed off the air makes me feel that maybe these are end times after all.

    Who could possibly object to the first lady telling kids to eat their vegetables? Or get some fresh air, and go outside and play?

    As a Democrat and mother, I can only stare at the voice of your party in disbelief and despair, and a shock-induced aphasia. Don’t whine about elitism, and say we don’t respect you. If you say or defend statements like this, we just can’t.

  • Jay

    Well he is right, If you just want to lose weight cut calories, but who wants to be skinny and unhealthy? I assume he is playing to the same crowd who gets angry when the Government suggests buying different light bulbs could save them money!

  • nwahs

    Silly me. I thought exercise helped keep your metabolism up when you decreased food intake. Has Limbaugh discover that metabolism rate remains constant even if food intake is suddenly decreased? Has he discovered exercise has no effect on this?

  • nwahs

    I checked some of the stories on Mark Haub, and I don’t see where he mentions how much exercise he does on an average day ( i.e., whether he is sedentary or not). I’m guessing Limbaugh made up the exercise part.

  • baw1064

    You go Rush! And to wash down those twinkies, feel free to have a few shots of whiskey, and as many cigarettes as you please. And don’t ever let any liberal tell you it’s bad for you!

  • PatrickQuint

    It’s no surprise that Rush Limbaugh understands nutrition so little, or that he would misrepresent the facts to justify his views.

    Calories in – Calories out = Weight gain/loss

    The idea that exercise has no effect on the “calories out” part is shockingly, willfully ignorant. There’s just no way that could *work*. Also note that the equation above says little about health. You could be at a “healthy weight” while being quite unhealthy in terms of nutritional intake.

    Thanks for the info buddyglass. It makes a lot more sense that way.

  • easton

    jay, amen to that. “What have I told you about diet and exercise? Exercise is irrelevant. What matters in losing weight is what you eat, pure and simple, and how much, nothing more than that.”
    Yeah, clogged arteries, wheezing as you get off your chair, these are fine if you can be not as fat as you once were.

    Remember when he went blubbering to the hospital in Hawaii because he had an attack of indigestion thinking it was a heart attack? Please Rush, keep up the stupidity and when you stroke out see who cares.

  • dmnolan

    He’ll be interviewing G. W. Bush today. Maybe they can have a snack together.
    America can be proud these two soldier on to keep the brand alive.

  • Xclamation

    Is it possible that in Limbaugh’s world diabetes is, like climate change, just a liberal myth?

  • Xunzi Washington

    Limbaugh is not surprising, nor are his asinine views about health. What is surprising is that millions and millions of people listen to that diatribe and furiously and self-righteously shake their heads in agreement as they drive their cars, or listen to him while at work. And THOSE people move elections. That’s what’s scary.

  • CentristNYer

    Limbaugh’s idiocy appeals to people like my mother who reflexively hate anything that the government wants you to do. She despises seat belts and only wears them because it’s the law, but if given the option she’d never buckle up. Never mind the fact that I’m only alive because of seat belts (I was once struck head-on by a drunk driver and my car was totaled); the fact that the government insists on them is reason enough to disdain them.

  • Diomedes

    Great idea Rush! I recommend you adopt this diet immediately. Make sure you combine it with your current oxycotin intake. And smoke more cigars as well.

    Heart Attack: T Minus 5, 4, 3…….

  • OregonStream

    What Limbaugh apparently doesn’t get, despite his self-proclaimed “common sense”, is that beneath all the hype this IS “conventional wisdom”. What’s amazing that so much attention was given to what boils down to plain old calorie counting. Portion control has always been a big factor, and that’s what Haub did, along with some supplementation. He showed that calories in vs. calories out is more important for weight loss than the source of calories. The cholesterol change he saw is just a question mark, given that it was one person’s response over a short period. If someone ever actually makes a scientific connection between a steady junk diet and healthier cholesterol levels, that would be more intriguing. As soon as someone hints at the possibility, I’m sure Rush will be all over it like a pair of fat lips on a twinkie.