Day 1: 178.3
Day 2: 182.0 (gained 4lbs in one day, undoing most of my hard low-carb work - delightful!)
Thanks everyone for the replies and advice. Good point, flyingpig, about 'why go from one extreme to the other'. The answer is that I am trying to find something that produces weight loss for me - I thought the science behind low-carb/moderate-protein/high-fat/calorie-deficit was totally plausible and therefore that it would work, but it didn't. It was only by avoiding all the things that might make the approach fail (too much protein, too many over-all calories) that I could test it properly. I'm less sure of the science behind the potato diet (purely because it hasn't been studied as much) but I'd like to test it properly, without variables that might affect the results (adding in protein or fat). I don't expect to eat this way for the rest of my life, but I find that if I don't see results from a WOE I get very discouraged and want to give up. Now, that might be a character flaw of mine and and your response might be 'you have to be patient', but it's just something I have to work with. I'll give up grains, legumes, sweets, sugar, Diet Coke and sitting on the couch, but I'd like some results in return!
So, basically, the reason I'm not starting by adding a few potatoes into my existing diet is that I just don't see how adding 100g or carbs to a low-carb diet can result in fat loss - I don't understand what mechanism would make that happen. I'm willing to try everything to lose weight, so it's on my list of things to try, but not at the top.
Now, as I mentioned, I've been doing things to blunt the blood sugar spike that comes with the potatoes (taking ALA beforehand, eating with vinegar, drinking some lemon juice just before). I read this comment by tatertot on Richard Nikoley's blog:
This is very interesting. According to this, it's not the resistant starch that makes this work, it's eating a highly insulogenic food with very low fat. However, my problem with it is I can't find anything to back up the claim that 'your body needs fat to manufacture insulin', or that it can use body fat for that purpose in the absence of dietary fat. Anyone have any thoughts?The theory is because your body needs fat to manufacture insulin, if you are eating ZERO fat, it has to pull fat out of storage to manufacture insulin. Because white potatoes are so highly insulogenic and create such a massive, high GI response, it needs A LOT of insulin – which requires a significant portion of fat. Since you aren’t eating fat along with it, it is forced to go to adipose tissue as a source – and needs quite a bit – to make all that insulin.
So when you start combining potatoes with outside sources of protein and fiber – like egg whites, fish or vegetables – you are destroying the “hack.” You are greatly reducing the insulin spike you’re supposed to get, which lessens the immediate fat need from your fat cells to manufacture insulin. The whole point is because potatoes are so massively insulinogenic. If you add stuff, it doesn’t work. It has to be all potatoes.