12-14-2012, 05:17 PM
Otzi, my goal is to drop down to 130-135. I want to lose fat fast. I have been gaining slowly ever since starting a vlc ketogenic hflc diet... About 25 lbs, to be more precise. I think I want my money back!!!!!! Lol. Really though, I underestimated how many calories I was eating and packed it on, especially after carb binges once a week. Did. Not. Work. Out. So there you go. :0) I am going to bump my carbs up from less than 40/ day to 75-100 and see if that helps after the hacks get me down where I want to be. I'm a 27 year old girlie, about 5'5", and super muscular. But fluffy as well.
12-14-2012, 06:16 PM
I've been following this thread for a while and started the PD (not totally PPD unfortch) a couple of days ago. Starting weight was 60kg at 164cm. I lost 1.5kg in the first 1.5 days which is similar to the initial results i get IFing. Enjoying potatoes especially served as hash browns with a little tomato sauce, bbq and mustard (a little sugar, no fat. gonna let these slide for the mo). I am interested in the low food reward aspect of the diet as a way of retraining my appetite.
I have been eating 4-6 potatoes each day plus a little condiment with 1 meal only and a f***ton of black coffee/tea. My energy levels are normal, no coldness as of yet and cravings for other foods have definitely decreased.
My aim is to continue the PD until new year to see if I can break through my sticking point of 58kg.
Will update as I progress.
P.S. did not dare to weigh myself this morning as i drank a fair bit of alcohol last night.
12-14-2012, 10:38 PM
I'd say if you want to lose 25-30lbs over the next couple months, start with 5-7 days of just potatoes, nothing else (except salt, pepper, vinegar, coffee, water). Drop a few pounds in a hurry, then eat a week of healthy Primal with whatever you want, then a week of potatoes--but with a little bit of added meat and maybe a few more non-potato veggies. Get a feel for where you are losing best--if it takes all-potato, do it--but alternate it with healthy weeks with plenty of fish, liver, big-ass salads, etc... I spent a year trying to lose 10lbs, I can now do it in 2 weeks with just potatoes. You should be able to lose 30lbs in 10-15 weeks realistically.
Originally Posted by Lovelykati
12-14-2012, 10:44 PM
Oh thank you for the input! I think on Monday I'll shoot for the moon and try 7 days with vitamin supplements. I will post progress.
12-14-2012, 10:45 PM
Hashbrowns are definitely good! I find the whole potato project very interesting. The food reward aspect definitely looms over it as the biggest impact, but I think there is also a big 'gut flora' aspect as well. Plus, it makes slipping up very hard and it's cheap.
Originally Posted by tasham
I always had good energy levels and no coldness. It also made me question a lot of things I had been eating prior, like nightly coconut milk smoothies, dark chocolate, nuts, etc... I was eating out of habit rather than hunger. Eating a single-food diet for a few days or weeks gives you time to reflect on your eating habits for sure--I found it very liberating to be able to say, "Today I eat POTATO" and then do just that. Good luck!
12-14-2012, 10:51 PM
Buy 25lbs of various potatoes, if you have the luxury of picking through them, get ones that weigh 1/2 pound. It makes it easier to gauge how many you will need day-to-day. Also, boil or bake a bunch (5 or 6) ahead of time and keep in fridge for munchie attacks. Potatoes take so dang long to cook you might slip up if there's nothing ready....
Originally Posted by Lovelykati
Also, give the waffle-maker/Foreman Grill Hashbrown's a try. Best way to eat potatoes in my opinion, but also easiest way to over eat, except it takes a bit of effort to shred and cook them that way. Boiled and chilled potatoes are probably the best if you just need food in your stomach--they fill you up and it lasts a looong time! I like to take these for work lunches. One or two and I'm good til supper.
12-15-2012, 08:31 AM
Atticus, I think you should start a fresh post with this in the fitness part of the forum. I would be interested in the commentary from the folks that spend time on posts there who may not have the interest to wade through the land of the potato hack.
Originally Posted by Atticus
12-16-2012, 02:34 PM
Here are the stats on my second round of potatoes. Please note that no attempt was made to actively restrict calories, I just fixed my plate on top of my food scale and then tallied up the results at the end of the day. All food was measured to the gram. Always ate to satiety. On the last 3 days I had dinner in the style of the "Mary's Mini" McDougall diet - with added veggies, no fats. I've attached a pic of what this dinner was like
December 10 - 138 pounds
Calories consumed: 845
Calories Burned: 1768
December 11 - 136.2 pounds
Calories consumed: 783.7
Calories Burned: 1954
December 12 - 135.8 pounds
Calories consumed: 618.5
Calories Burned: 1923
December 13 - 135.6 pounds
Calories consumed: 676.2
Calories Burned: 1765
December 14 - 135 pounds
Calories consumed: 909
Calories Burned: 2018
December 15 - 135 pounds
Calories consumed: 919
Calories Burned: 1719
December 16 - 135.8 pounds
Calories consumed: 960
Calories Burned: 2369
December 17 - 136.8 pounds
I have stopped the potato fast because it is now a few days before TOM, so I will continue to gain weight which will come off the week after TOM - hopefully with a whoosh! I am currently retaining a lot of water because my fingers are like sausages. Over this past week I feel that my upper body feels smaller, but bum and thighs are unchanged
Overall, I have found the potato fast is great for controlling your relationship with food and appetite. It is really satisfying, especially if you can do the Mary's Mini style with added veg. I could have gone on for way more time, but I feel it is time for more nutrient dense foods. I will certainly use it in the future if I feel that my appetite and blood sugar are getting out of control.
It has not proved to be a miracle weight loss thing for my body - I have not been able to get below 135 pounds during 2012, and the potato fast didn't help that. I will go back to normal low carbish paleo to drop the weight because I know that has worked for me in the past.
I'm glad I tried it though! A great tool in the paleo toolbox that may come in handy in the future
12-16-2012, 03:44 PM
So after 4 days I'm still down the same 1.5kg (58.5kg) i was after a day and a half. My stomach definitely is flatter and I am surprisingly not sick of potatoes yet.
I'm finding that while I am satisfied on about 6 potatoes a day (maybe ~1.2kg) I am kind of fatigued and have a bit of muscle soreness that definitely is not from working out. I took a magnesium and a multi this morning so hopefully these will resolve the muscle soreness.
I will continue through to day 7 and reassess my progress then. If weight loss is stalled above 58kg I may not continue through the second and third weeks unless I still really dig potatoes...no pun intended.
A note on exercise: I have been doing daily cardio eg. 30 min jog/40 min bike/2 hr walk because I am currently recomping to reduce muscle mass as well as fat mass (put on wayyy too much muscle [for my aesthetic sensibilities] in 2012 when I switched over to resistance based/HIIT workouts).
12-16-2012, 04:37 PM
OK, 27-year-old 5'7", 155-lb (~23-25%BF) female over here - how the heck are you people sated with 6 potatoes a day? I'm on day one and have already eaten 3 lbs of potatoes and am STARVING every 2-3 hours. I couldn't take it anymore and am diving into a tub of Greek yogurt as we speak.