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  • #31
    I think i will try it next after I have a few weeks on unstructured, happy diet of whatever good food I wish to eat
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    • #32
      Start of day 4 - down 5.2kgs to date

      Dinner last night and breakfast this morning
      ~300g baby potatoes boiled with mixed herbs, veggies and greens mixed in.

      Potato protocol *salad *-*
      1 kg baby potatoes mixed in with finely chopped 1/4 hot chilli, 1/2 spring onion, bunch chives, fresh mint, and a bit of red pepper finely chopped and mixed thru, about 1/2 cup total of herbs, veggies and greens into 1kg of potatoes. Enough for a couple of meals

      This tasted bloody great, the taste buds have really settled down, in the past a potato salad would have had bacon, egg, mayonnaise and about 3 times the calories. Still feeling good, no major cravings. I do get hungry a bit more but have either cold rice or potatoes in the fridge ready to go. Did a 20 min body weight work out on gym rings last night, energy and strength levels are good, appreciating the weight loss

      Cheers
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      • #33
        Edit double post

        Cheers
        Last edited by fat belly frog; 11-09-2012, 04:40 PM.
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        • #34
          water loss is a classic issue with low carb and/or low salt, whereas most people on spuds are not only on high carb by definition but also tend to be a little generous with the salt. Especially by the 3rd day...

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          • #35
            Mmm... Why is "denshand" pasting what I posted as their 3rd ever post?



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            • #36
              Originally posted by AlanC View Post
              Mmm... Why is "denshand" pasting what I posted as their 3rd ever post?



              AC
              He wants us to eat MOAR spam.

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              • #37
                Thanks for creating this thread!

                I only had a few days to try this out, but feel like it worked for me. Here are my results:

                I only did 3 days of potatoes, averaged about 2lbs of potatoes/day. I will say that my weight prior to starting was around 140-141 and I had been that weight for about a month and within the range of 138-140 for the last year. However, right before starting, I had a few glasses of wine on Saturday & Sunday and that always adds weight for a couple days for me.

                Monday starting weight - 143.4
                Tuesday - 140.6 (overnight = -2.8)
                Wednesday - 140.6 (overnight = 0, total weightloss = -2.8)
                Thursday (back to regular food) - 139.4 (overnight = -1.2, total weightloss = -4)
                Friday - 138.6 (overnight = -.8, total weightloss = -4.8)
                Saturday (today) - 138.6

                You can look at it one way and say that I lost 4.8 lbs for 3 days of potatoes or probably the more realistic viewpoint is that I lost 2lbs from my base weight (prior to a weekend of wine). Either way, I'm pretty happy with my results for just 3 days of potatoes.

                I tried every kind of preparation but my favorite and easiest way to eat the potatoes were just baked (I would bake a bunch and have them on standby in the fridge). I would scoop out the insides and mix with salt & pepper and maybe some beef broth, then broil the skins for a few minutes and eat those with a little bit of ketchup.

                Like others have said, I'll keep this in my back pocket as trick to use in the future. May give it another whirl before the holidays in December.

                Good luck to everyone!

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by denshand View Post
                  water loss is a classic issue with low carb and/or low salt, whereas most people on spuds are not only on high carb by definition but also tend to be a little generous with the salt. Especially by the 3rd day...
                  This is bunk because the body uses up energy whenever there is a calorie deficit, which most people are, severely, eating only potatoes. If you have excess glycogen when starting the potato diet, you are going to lose all that glycogen before the body turns to body fat. Hence water weight loss.
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                  • #39
                    I just realized this is my first post ever on MDA! (whoo hoo!!) Apparently it took potatoes to get me to join a conversation

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                    • #40
                      I did a weight lifting workout on Wednesday and today. Happy to report no loss in strength, no dizziness or any issues at all with eating just potatoes. I've been surprised at how steady and stable my mood and fitness have been. I really expected to be a grouchy beyotch at this point, but am feeling pretty happy. I have about 3 days left, weight is continuing to drop. It's probably just because that is where my attention is focused, but I feel the loss mostly in my stomach, which is awesome.

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                      • #41
                        If you have excess glycogen when starting the potato diet, you are going to lose all that glycogen before the body turns to body fat. Hence water weight loss.
                        Why exactly would you run out of glycogen when stuffing yourself with starch all day?

                        And just how much is "excess"?

                        Perhaps more to the point, why are you arguing if it works or not, on a thread created for people to discuss their (actual) experiences with it?

                        I've experienced water weight loss before when low-carbing. Then you really do get that "dried out" look and feel, rapidly plumping back up again when you reintroduce carbs.

                        When you're munching on potatoes you never really run out of available carbs - but you DO seem to burn fat?

                        With my first attempt at this I measured my arms, legs, chest and waist. I track my workouts too and the only things that went down were my weight and waist measurement. That simply doesn't jibe with my previous experiences of 'syrup shrinkage' (water weight loss from losing glycogen).

                        Your results may vary but have you actually tried this yet?



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                        • #42
                          I don't want people to be misinformed about basic nutrition....also, I want to clarify for myself because I really don't understand how your logic works in terms of how the potatoes are metabolized.

                          When you are burning energy because of the caloric deficit, you are burning the glucose from the potatoes + glycogen in your body?....unless I'm missing something here on the deficit part of it.
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                          • #43
                            I was going to question what you said sakura_girl, but having thought about it I agree with you.

                            When someone is in a significant calorie deficit, water loss is coupled with fat loss via glycogen depletion regardless of the macronutrient content of the diet.
                            F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                            • #44
                              Day 5 - no weight loss yesterday, now up a bit from the day before. sitting on 106kgs total loss 4.9kg

                              Full day of activerty yesterday, 3 hours at the beach in the morning assisting with kids surf club training out in the water on a paddle board, the 3 hours in the afternoon kitesurfing. No noticeable loss in energy.

                              B- 400g potato salad as above
                              L- three cups rice with chilli, spring onion, chives, red pepper and hot chili sauce mixed thru
                              D- 400g mashed potato as above with chopped chili, chives and spring onions mixed thru.

                              Ate a lot more yesterday as I was more active, but cal would still have been under 2000
                              "Times fun when you are having Flies" Kermit the frog

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                              • #45
                                Day 6 - no weight loss today, Still sitting on 106kgs total loss 4.9kg (10.8lbs)

                                Appetite has dropped right off as well, skipped breakfast yesterday and today eating ~ 1000-1200 cals per day. Feeling full and have plenty of energy. Down the beach again yesterday morning for 4 hours swimming, paddling, running
                                "Times fun when you are having Flies" Kermit the frog

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