My theory on the potato diet is that it boosts fat loss by suddenly removing fat and excess protein from the diet while the body is in fat-burning mode and doesn't have its glucose-burning metabolism cranked up. Hence the body is forced to increase burning of stored fat, and will burn that glucose far less efficiently than someone coming from a CW SAD diet.
Thus the context from which one switches to the potato diet is key. And the reason why it only works as a short-term clever hack.
The low-carb fundamentalists would never spot this because all they can do is bleat 'All carbs bad always'.
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.