The Super Secret Potato Project
Okay, not really so secret - but ANYWAY, this is where some of us from the PPD thread
in the Nutrition section are going to start a potato diet hack for 5 days, starting Monday
the 3rd through Friday the 7th.
We'll be recording whatever we want and documenting it in this thread.
Most of us will be eating potatoes and ONLY potatoes, some others may choose to
add other nonfat veggies to *their* hack.
All are welcome to post any stats or just results at the end of the hack as they so choose.
Party on potato peeps!
It's on like ping pong for me in 10hrs.
I'm doing a 10-day modified high-potato diet from 12/2 to 12/11. I am adding other low-fat high-carb foods: sweet potatoes, rice, fruit, etc. Keeping protein and fat limited to the natural amount in the plant foods.
I have no agenda other than collecting data for my personal knowledge base. Weight loss would be a fantastic side effect.
Follow my blog posts about it: http://j3nn.net/blog/2012/12/02/the-...all-mini-diet/
Last edited by j3nn; 12-02-2012 at 11:09 PM.
First Primal post ever!! I'm in this with you guys! Have a few potato dishes ready and I'm excited to see what happens. Good luck guys and know I'm here for you for accountability if needed.
I will be breaking at 5pm on Friday (Christmas out with my BFFs) I will take my measurements and weight in about an hour. I was successful at getting my Thanksgiving gain off last week plus a little extra, so I am ready for more forward progress.
I'm in for 5 days. Rebounded 4.5 lbs over the weekend from a low of 150.0 lbs after 2 days of potatos only last week. Then only 3 moderately "non-primal" meals in 2 days and all that weight comes bounding back - frustrating! I'm hoping for weight loss that I can make stick.
Signing off to go bake a potato for breakfast! See ya!
Although the first potato thread I found about three weeks ago raised my eyebrows, I decied to give it a try because it is simply intriguing. I started yesterday.
Ingredients so far: potatoes, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic, duck bone broth (with almost no fat), an insignificant quantity of olive oil just to prevent sticking. Roasted potatoes have always been a favorite of mine (although they are much better with butter or lard), and my potato soup is surprisingly delicious and filling.
I am not yet sure how long I will be doing this, but I hope to withstand at least until Friday. Afterwards, it will depend on my social life.
Good luck, everyone.
I did four days of taters last week but used combo of white/sweet. This week doing only sweet because white flared my RA and I felt poorly. Two days off and the swelling in my hands has subsided.
Days 1-4 last week of first experiment. 147.2-145.6
Today. 145.6 after moderate meals all weekend. Happy no rebound. I missed my taters!
I'm planning all sweet potatoes through Friday night.
Supplements: multi, calcium citrate, magnesium citrate. Last week I suffered foot cramps pretty quickly. Mag. Helped immediately.
Good luck, potato-heads As always, will be watching with fascination as do not dare try!
Here, I'm cutting/pasting my post from yesterday on the other thread to this thread so it's in a central location. Started today. Well, I haven't eaten yet, but I did peel a ton of potatoes. I can already tell I'm going to get tired of peeling these things. Oh! but I bet it's easy to get baked potatoes at pretty much any restaurant. Even Wendy's. I might use that crutch a couple times in the next few days while out and about. Anyway, here's the post I'm pasting:
Gonna Start Tomorrow
Ok, I stopped by Sprouts after the gym this morning and picked up 15 pounds of organic potatoes, one single sweet potato, and some mineral water (and a bar of dark chocoalte that I destroyed on the way home). Here's the plan for the PPD. All ideas/feedback welcome, as I really haven't thought this all the way through.
-I'm gonna be pretty strict with just the potatoes. All I'll put on them is hot sauce, salt, pepper, chili powder, apple cider vinegar...I dunno, whatever other seasonings I have around. No supplementing protein or fat or anything, just a multivitamin and fish oil and green tea. I also just realized I should probably buy more foil today.
-Planning on finishing off the 15 pounds just as I get hungry; no set amount of days. As I'm running out of those 15 pounds I'll evaluate if I want to squeeze out a couple more days or not, then either buy more or don't.
-I'm going to keep my activity level pretty much the same as always, but my joints need a deload week pretty bad right now, so I'm going to lower the weight in the gym pretty substantially for the course of the potatoes. I'll still get my other weekly activities in (especially with this awesome 65 degree December weather here in Denver).
-Tomorrow (Day 1) I'm going to do a normal (heavy) workout fasted in the morning, then start eating the taters afterwards. After that, the deload starts.
-I'm not going to obsessively track everything. Sorry. For metrics, I'll 1) know how long it took me to plow through 15 pounds, 2) take a picture first thing tomorrow morning, and first thing in the morning after I stop eating taters, 3) MIGHT way myself a couple times, but I don't think it's a great indicator for me as I'm pretty lean and can fluctuate 3-4 pounds easily just by eating too much salt or boozing or drinking water or whatever. I think just looking at the pictures will be the best way to evaluate how it works for me.
-Tomorrow in the gym, first thing I'll do is warm up and load up 225 on the bench and see how many I can rep out in a row. I'll do this the day after taters, also. It's not a great scientific strength retention study, but eh. Maybe I should do a lower weight for max reps...I dunno. 225 isn't ridiculously heavy for me, but it's challenging and I usually squeeze out 7 or so when I'm lifting that amount. Maybe there's another exercise I should test, also.
-I want to make this clear: I'm just doing this because it seems like a fun personal challenge (just wrapped up No Shave November) and I'm curious. I've always treated my body as a fun science experiment anyway, so I want to see what happens. I'm not obsessing over losing weight, or anything else. I don't think there's any way a few days of taters is going to wreck me. I'm very good at listening to my body--if it's telling me at any point that only eating potatoes is a really, really bad idea, I'll stop. However, I'm very stubborn and really don't care about eating monotonously, so I expect I'll be fine at least getting through the 15 pounds relatively easily.
It was weird looking at the potatoes and knowing that that's all my food for the week. It's nice because there's so little planning involved, but a bit intimidating too. Also, spending only like $12 for several days' worth of food is kind of funny.
What about sauerkraut? I have a nice big delicious organic jar. Can I still have a little a day for probiotics, or should I stop while on taters?
I'm going to polish off all my ready-made food today (liver pate, sour cream, a roast, bacon, eggs, broccoli, avocados, etc). It's not a lot of each; actually just about perfect for a normal days' worth of food, so that worked out pretty nicely. I have tons of frozen/canned stuff, but I'll leave that alone.
I'm going to miss the hell out of some bacon. Today is day 13 in a row eating bacon...
Anyway, let me know what you think, and I'll get started and then put everything up when I'm done. I'm not planning on daily updates like "oh, I was down .4 lbs this morning; my energy feels blah, blah, blah". It's just not me. I'll just get it done and let you guys know how it goes afterward. Might check in if I have more questions during the taterfest.
Anything I missed?
Last edited by Mr. Anthony; 12-03-2012 at 08:42 AM.
I have a little kraut sometimes, but I do miss the pork that is suppose to be in there with it