Mark Haub, who teaches at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., told FoxNews.com he has lost 27 pounds in two months eating approximately 1,800 calories a day – and those calories came from foods like snack cakes, candy bars and even potato chips – basically anything he could get from a vending machine.
Source: Fox News
I wrote earlier that an average person weighing 150 pounds, and doing no exercise at all, will burn about 2,000 calories a day.
A 300 pound person will burn double those calories, about 4,000 calories a day, doing no exercise at all.
So obviously, if Mark Haub limits his diet to 1,800 calories, he's going to lose weight guaranteed no matter what he eats.
But some of that weight loss will come at the cost of muscle mass. Anytime, you limit your intake of foods, you also limit your intake of potassium. Potassium is what our cells are made of. Without it, our body cannot regenerate new cells. Hence what it does is rob muscle tissue for potassium to grow new cells for vital organs.
Unless of course, you eat lots of potato chips. Then you'll get plenty of potassium.
Still, eating lots of potato chips denies your body of other badly needed vitamins and minerals. Overall, you have to eat a balanced diet, take a vitamin supplement if you have to, and exercise. Exercise forces your body to retain muscle mass, and burn off fat instead.