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    I have used weight/height/BMI calculators on the internet before, but found this one this morning and seems to be the best I've found yet.

    I personally update my digits regularly and recalculate what my nutritional needs are every few weeks.

    Here it is, for those who would like to check it out:

    Body-Mass Index, Waist-to-Height Ratio and More...


    /LU
    Last edited by Louisa655; 10-10-2012 at 06:57 AM.
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    Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

    Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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    Gosh I can't imagine the 10 potatoes I bought not being enough for two days. Some of them are huge. I'm bringing two into the office for breakfast. There are two already on my desk for lunch. I can have two for dinner. I can also stop at the store if it's not enough. I don't think I will do this for 10 days. I was going to try for 2 days and see if anything happens, if I can choke them down, if I feel okay eating just potatoes, if there's any change in my waist size. Two days probably isn't enough for a change in my waist size, but if it changes, hey maybe I can justify continuing. If nothing else, I hope that the cracking and popping of my joints from eating fake olive oil for a month will see some relief.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    Day 3 for me on the potato experiment. No weight loss (yet), but since this has been easy for me to follow I'm not quitting. I've been weighing my little potatoes before I eat them and logging all of my food in MFP, primarily to make sure that I'm not overdoing it and not sneaking something in that I really shouldn't.

    I found it interesting that for the first 2 days my calories ended up being within my normal targeted range. I wasn't aiming for the calorie targets, it just sorta happened. I'm not as hungry today and have only had my 1.5 cups of coffee. I have several baked potatoes waiting for me in the little fridge under my desk when the hunger hits.

    I have been running and walking for my exercise since I'm gearing up for a race in a few weeks. I have no energy issues and feel great. I'm just hoping that my n=1 isn't going to turn out that this won't work for my skinny-fat self.

    Potato Experiment Stats:
    10/8: 139.5
    10/9: 140.9
    10/10: 140.6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louisa655 View Post
    I have used weight/height/BMI calculators on the internet before, but found this one this morning and seems to be the best I've found yet.

    I personally update my digits regularly and recalculate what my nutritional needs are every few weeks.

    Here it is, for those who would like to check it out:

    Body-Mass Index, Waist-to-Height Ratio and More...


    /LU
    Wow, using that calculator puts my body fat percentage at 27.7%. Not the more respectable 25% I put in my signature.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    Gosh I can't imagine the 10 potatoes I bought not being enough for two days. Some of them are huge. I'm bringing two into the office for breakfast. There are two already on my desk for lunch. I can have two for dinner. I can also stop at the store if it's not enough. I don't think I will do this for 10 days. I was going to try for 2 days and see if anything happens, if I can choke them down, if I feel okay eating just potatoes, if there's any change in my waist size. Two days probably isn't enough for a change in my waist size, but if it changes, hey maybe I can justify continuing. If nothing else, I hope that the cracking and popping of my joints from eating fake olive oil for a month will see some relief.
    The BMI site that I was just on states that a reduction of 1" of waist size results from a 5-7lb loss of weight. My thought is that n=1, right?

    I'm enjoying this experiment and as long as I'm seeing results, I'm good to go. I made Latkes on the weekend and stored them in airtight containers. I have a container at home, and at work so I have something in a 'pinch' when I get hungry. I'm boiling potatoes for dinner, mashing 'em and eating approx 17 ounces for dinner. I'm eating 3-4 small Latki's for brunch. Total potatoes for the day = 1.3-1.5 lbs (approx).

    I'm eating two meals per day to keep the insulin spikes to a minimum.

    Let's carry on and see what the next few days bring. No matter what, I have to stop this experiment on Sunday because I'm off to a conference and my colleagues will exonerate me if all I'm doing is eating potatoes for the conference. At some point I'll have to appear as a normal human being My biggest challenge is that my suits no longer fit --- so I have no idea what I'll be wearing to this conference. Oh well, one hurdle at a time.

    Lu
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    F, 48, 5'10"
    Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
    Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

    Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beckie View Post
    Day 3 for me on the potato experiment. No weight loss (yet), but since this has been easy for me to follow I'm not quitting. I've been weighing my little potatoes before I eat them and logging all of my food in MFP, primarily to make sure that I'm not overdoing it and not sneaking something in that I really shouldn't.

    I found it interesting that for the first 2 days my calories ended up being within my normal targeted range. I wasn't aiming for the calorie targets, it just sorta happened. I'm not as hungry today and have only had my 1.5 cups of coffee. I have several baked potatoes waiting for me in the little fridge under my desk when the hunger hits.

    I have been running and walking for my exercise since I'm gearing up for a race in a few weeks. I have no energy issues and feel great. I'm just hoping that my n=1 isn't going to turn out that this won't work for my skinny-fat self.

    Potato Experiment Stats:
    10/8: 139.5
    10/9: 140.9
    10/10: 140.6
    Thanks for the update. What's your total consumption of potatoes on a daily basis (in lbs)?

    /Lu
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    F, 48, 5'10"
    Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
    Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

    Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louisa655 View Post
    Thanks for the update. What's your total consumption of potatoes on a daily basis (in lbs)?

    /Lu
    Day 1 was ~2lbs, Day 2 was ~2.5lbs

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    I just went back and looked at my log. Here's the exact numbers:

    Day 1: 770g potatoes (~1.76lb), 400g rice
    Day 2: 1100g potatoes (~2.52lb), 280g rice

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    Interesting n=1 expirements going on here. I may have to give this a shot
    Male, 32y, 6'0" tall
    SW 306lbs (6/1/12)
    CW 244lbs (1/17/13)

    BP down from 120/80 to 110/74

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    This an interesting experiment, and I think it's pretty awesome that people are continually changing things up. In my opinion, I think in the end the caloric deficit is the main contributor of the fat loss. As long as satiety is controlled, a caloric deficit is fairly easy to maintain. So, all the potatoes (starch) makes this possible. In another scenario, someone could do the same thing with protein, eat moar chicken/tuna. For those concerned about lean muscle retention and continuing a workout routine during this experiment, I might recommend a Protein-Sparing Modified Fast (PSMF) as suggested in Lyle McDonald's "Rapid Fat Loss" book.

    I realize this is another n=1 experiment with white starches, and I'm only hypothesizing the basic fat loss reasons behind the experiment, while also suggesting its similarity to other approaches.

    Thanks.

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