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  • This thread is just a huge facepalm...

    An all potato diet?

    God forbid anyone on the Primal Blueprint forum actually follow... The Primal Blueprint in an effort to lose weight, gain strength and become healthier!

    knock yourself out guys.

    (as in literally)
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    • Originally posted by TheFastCat View Post
      This thread is just a huge facepalm...

      An all potato diet?

      God forbid anyone on the Primal Blueprint forum actually follow... The Primal Blueprint in an effort to lose weight, gain strength and become healthier!

      knock yourself out guys.

      (as in literally)
      891 posts since Apr 2010 and this is the first you've heard of the Potato Diet?

      Must be like when someone trying the SAD CW diet advice of 'Eat whole wheat, low fat, and lean meat' first discovers Primal/Paleo/Atkins...Eat fat--lose weight...WHAAAAT....?????

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      • Originally posted by spacegirl View Post
        Thanks for the reply. I realise the body needs small amounts of fat for various processes (some vitamins are fat-soluble, etc) - this is one of the reasons why paleo is pro-dietary-fat. I find it hard to square the argument that we need to eat fat to be healthy with the idea that in the absence of dietary fat, the body will just used stored fat for whatever it needs. They can't both be right!

        But anyway - you're right - I should just do the experiment.

        Day 1 - 178.3
        Day 2 - 182.0
        Day 3 - 181.5 (so down half a pound, but I've still gained 3.2 lbs on this diet so far).

        On a side note, I think I have developed a tolerance to vinegar in the space of a day - I can't taste it anymore!
        Hey, Spacegirl - I know how you feel with the conflicting advice that's out there. Whatever you do, give each attempt at least a couple months to work. Try the potato diet for a week, then continue with healthy PB eating, but keep fat in the 50% of calorie range. For your carbs, keep them at about 30%, but be sure you are getting almost all of them from potato, rice, or sweet potato--not sugar or sugary fruits.

        If that doesn't work after a while, increase fats and protein and lower carbs.

        A big mistake a lot of folks make is eating higher carbs for a couple days then higher fat and flip=flopping back and forth. If something is working stick with it. If it's not, change it.

        Best of luck!

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        • Originally posted by gopintos View Post
          I try to keep them always ready to go in the frig. I use to bake them. Now I buy reds and boil them whole. Could not be easier.
          I've been making them in the slow cooker. Fill it with potatoes and 1" of water, set to high for a couple hours and they are perfect. I ruin too many by over-boiling them.

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          • Originally posted by otzi View Post
            I've been making them in the slow cooker. Fill it with potatoes and 1" of water, set to high for a couple hours and they are perfect. I ruin too many by over-boiling them.
            I will have to try that. Maybe it "could be easier" haha
            65lbs gone and counting!!

            Fat 2 Fit - One Woman's Journey

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            • Just wanted to add, I don't put any water in my slow cooker - I just stuff it full -o- potatoes
              and turn it on high.

              Never had a scorched one yet and they all came out perfect from bottom to top!

              Julie

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              • slow cooker sounds good.
                BTW I have lost some of the weight I put on after going off track, my will power is not that good, I love the taters with a small amount of vinegar and salt. They are soo good

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                • Hello! I have been reading all of these potato posts like crazy! I have hit a stall and was wondering what to do when I heard from another website about the Potato hack! I'm in, for sure. Today I started (tried to start on Saturday but complications arose) and have just finished my second cold potato and sea salt and vinegar. Delish! I have 2 questions: Is is possible to have baked sea salt potato chips (Kettle makes a simple one, only a few ingredients) ? What do you think of a few nips of Potato Vodka? I'm normally a wino, but obviously that is OUT!
                  Great Thread, by the way... I usually eat on the low carb end of Primal, so this a a bit different, but tasty!

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                  • Originally posted by Auroralaura View Post
                    Hello! I have been reading all of these potato posts like crazy! I have hit a stall and was wondering what to do when I heard from another website about the Potato hack! I'm in, for sure. Today I started (tried to start on Saturday but complications arose) and have just finished my second cold potato and sea salt and vinegar. Delish! I have 2 questions: Is is possible to have baked sea salt potato chips (Kettle makes a simple one, only a few ingredients) ? What do you think of a few nips of Potato Vodka? I'm normally a wino, but obviously that is OUT!
                    Great Thread, by the way... I usually eat on the low carb end of Primal, so this a a bit different, but tasty!
                    I wouldn't eat any store-bought potato chips, baked or otherwise, unless the only ingredients was potatoes and salt--then should be OK. You can make your own with one of these: Amazon.com: Mastrad A64601 Top Chips Maker and Slicer Set: Kitchen & Dining

                    I have one, it's pretty cool.

                    A few nips of vodka would be OK, but not like 2 shots every day! Maybe a half a shot every other night. I personally pass on everything with calories while doing a potato diet..makes it much easier and you can't wonder afterwards if you should have done something differently.

                    If it works out for you, do it again a couple weeks or months later, but add some twists of your own.

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                    • Well, the chips were potatoes, sea salt vinegar and safflower oil... 3 grams of fat. I pretty much figured they might be out. I just baked up some incredibly ugly chips.... Sliced potatoes on the mandolin and tossed with vinegar and salt.... They actually got crispy! Only a slight spray of coconut oil spray on the foil.

                      I am disappointed about the potato vodka, but also not surprised. I guess there is no way in any form of eating habits to endulge in very much alcohol. Just one of my demons......

                      You guys are easier to talk to than a doctor, ya know?! They all say "eat less fat, more whole grains". Blah blah. I know that I can ask any question and get honest answers!

                      Laura

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                      • Originally posted by Auroralaura View Post
                        Well, the chips were potatoes, sea salt vinegar and safflower oil... 3 grams of fat. I pretty much figured they might be out. I just baked up some incredibly ugly chips.... Sliced potatoes on the mandolin and tossed with vinegar and salt.... They actually got crispy! Only a slight spray of coconut oil spray on the foil.

                        I am disappointed about the potato vodka, but also not surprised. I guess there is no way in any form of eating habits to endulge in very much alcohol. Just one of my demons......

                        You guys are easier to talk to than a doctor, ya know?! They all say "eat less fat, more whole grains". Blah blah. I know that I can ask any question and get honest answers!

                        Laura
                        The people on this forum are great. I get a bit of grief for including starch in my diet, but lots of people are starting to realize starch isn't the enemy. Ask away if you have questions!

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                        • Originally posted by tiuhjnvds
                          I have no problem with folks eating a calorie reduced diet and losing weight. In fact, that is the only way to lose weight, deniers of fundamental thermodynamics notwithstanding. I would and do have a problem with folks eating a diet that is deficient nutritionally. I also have a really big problem with uncritical ritualistic acceptance of anything, whether related to diet or otherwise.
                          Do you not see the beauty of the Potato Diet? These people trying it have not eaten one of the most nutritious foods (potatoes) in years thanks to low carb dogma. Once one realizes that starch is not the enemy it opens the world of eating healthy to you!

                          The Potato Diet is a very short term weightloss tool. Never meant to be long term, 1-2 weeks max. People FAST for that long regularly around here!

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                          • Day 1 - 178.3
                            Day 2 - 182.0
                            Day 3 - 181.5
                            Day 4 - 180.0

                            I found yesterday quite hard. In the early afternoon, sitting in front of someone eating a big steak, I first thought 'I can't do this'. I may be making it hard for myself by a) trying not to eat too many calories (trying to limit myself to 2lbs of potato per day) and b) trying to have just breakfast, lunch and dinner without snacking in between. Last night it got too late to cook without disturbing everyone in the house and I was sooo hungry - I did eat some macadamia nuts.

                            I don't feel great on this diet, but then I didn't expect to. My sinuses, glands, brain and fingertips feels as though they are stuffed with potato! I feel tired in the afternoons. Anyway, only 4 more days (including today) until the experiment ends.

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                            • Day 1 - 178.3
                              Day 2 - 182.0
                              Day 3 - 181.5
                              Day 4 - 180.0
                              Day 5 - 180.6 (+0.6 from yesterday, +2.3 over all)

                              utfsdh - I think you're probably right. I don't feel weird and 'stuffed up' anymore, although still sleepy and headachy. I expected water weight to come back when I started the potatoes, although I'm disappointed that my weight has gone up today. Still, it's useful to know how much water weight I do carry (about 3.7 lbs), and the experiment has been valuable for confirming that I do feel better over-all with low carb (although comparing 'low carb' to 'all-carb' probably isn't very fair). I am finding this quite hard to stick to now, feeling undernourished and craving other foods. I need to plan better so that I don't end up hungry late at night, tempted by nearby nuts.

                              I'd use this diet again as a way to get the benefits of a carb-up without unwanted weight gain. I have two recipes:

                              1. Potatoes cut into wedges/chips, sprayed with olive oil (I know - I'd never normally use this cack, but its a way to make chips with minimum oil) and baked. Served with lots of apple cider or malt vinegar.

                              2. Mashed potatoes - boiled potatoes, mashed with some added cold water, served with a gravy made from stock (mixture of my own bone broth, which tastes of NOTHING, and Bovril) thickened with potato flour.

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                              • Just an Update from me. I did 5 days of just potatos and lost 7 pounds, its been two weeks and have added in 1 pound of potatos a day into my normal eating, 1/2 pound at breakfast and 1/2 pound at dinner and eating paleo and have continued to lose in those two weeks 6 more pounds, I'm perfectly happy with that amount of weight loss.

                                For me eating nothing but potatos was a great reset after the holidays, when I go off the diet I usually go down hard and it's very hard to start back up with this I lose wight and get back on track quickly.
                                Last edited by azger; 01-23-2013, 10:50 AM.

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