We’ve lost count of the number of diets that circulate our new feeds on a daily basis, but we have found one which is, without doubt, a strong contender for the weirdest and most bizarre. In an attempt to fight his food addiction, sober living Austin, thirty-six-year-old Melbourne man, Andrew Flinders Taylor decided he would eat only potatoes for the entire year.
The Australian decided to take this somewhat drastic action to not only lose weight but to more importantly “improve his relationship with food”.
“The last couple of years I’ve not been anywhere near as fit and active as I would like to be… Today I weighed myself and as expected I am the heaviest I’ve ever been, which is 151.7kg”, said Taylor.
Further explaining his main motivation for starting this unusual challenge, he continued, “I have had trouble controlling my food intake, and I see myself as a bit of a food addict.” He considered going to this long term drug rehab center to get rid of his addiction forever so he can be healthy.
As he points out later in the below video, with drugs or alcohol, the standard method of beating an addiction is simply to remove them completely from your system and stop taking them on a regular basis. However, you cannot do that with food.
Watch the full video from Taylor’s YouTube channel, Spud Fit, as he explains in detail his motivation and reasoning for the potato only diet.
The father of one, also set up his Facebook page and already he has attracted over 3.5k followers. Interestingly, after one month of his potato only diet he has lost 10kg!
Taylor has been experimenting with a variety of cooking methods and recipes for potatoes, and he has actually inspired quite a few fans to try his favourite potato pancake recipe. The only ingredients are potatoes, some potato flour, and a little bit of maple syrup for some flavour.
He usually adds flavoured salts, or a little sauce to his potatoes, but in reality he reckons that 99% of calories come from the vegeable itself. We’re currently running a competition were you could win a selection of flavoured salts from The Very Salt Co, so if you fancy starting the potato diet but are looking for some extra spice and taste for your spuds, we have you covered!
Some dietitians have questioned whether Taylor will be getting enough vitamins and minerals from his potato-based diet, but the Melbourne man claims he has cleared everything with his nutritionist and he is fully confident that what he has embarked upon is perfectly healthy.
“I’m getting 600% of my daily iron requirements and 400% of vitamin C requirements from potatoes… and the only supplement I’m taking is for vitamin B12”, he said.
To put it in perspective, a small potato with its skin on will have on average 3-4 grams of protein, less than 0.5 grams of fat, and just over 29 grams of carbohydrates. That all works out at around 130 calories per small potato.
To ensure that he remains healthy and safe throughout the year, Taylor is having regularly check-ups with his nutritionist and doctor to monitor his progress and how his body is reacting to the large amount of potato.
It will be intersting to see how this story develops over the course of the year. Do you think he will last the next 11 months, or will he have to stop the challenge? Would you try this potato diet, or have you tried anything similar in the past?
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