Paleo Followers Lose Weight on The Potato Diet?

December 21, 2012

I eat low carb and paleo from time to time,but never for the long term. My belief is that there really isn’t a need to exclude carbs from your diet to lose weight.

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This year a popular paleo forum had a guy who switched to the potato diet and began dropping weight. Several others followed his lead and experienced the same thing. I found an article on that.

The evidence showed that potatoes are non-toxic, filling per calorie, remarkably nutritious, and can be eaten as almost the sole source of nutrition for extended periods of time (though I’m not recommending this).

Traditional South American cultures such as the Quechua and Aymara have eaten potatoes as the major source of calories for generations without any apparent ill effects (3).

Potatoes appear not to cause fat gain, and in fact frequently cause fat loss and improve metabolic health in people who are overweight.

The potato diet works because: Potatoes have a low calorie density and a high satiety value per calorie.

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James Duffy December 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm

This is going to be difficult for the low-carb fanatics to twist in their favor ;)

What’s interesting, though, is that you’ll find people will have a reduced appetite just from making a change in their diet. When I first moved to Korea, I wasn’t used to eating a lot of rice, so I found I would feel full after eating only a couple hundred calories. Martin Berkhan cited a study on breakfast a while back that found something similar — breakfast eaters who stopped eating breakfast lost weight, but surprisingly, breakfast skippers who started eating breakfast also lost weight! It’s almost as if your appetite gets confused when you change your eating habits. This might explain why a lot of people have success in the beginning of any diet, then hit a plateau — their appetite and metabolism finally adapt to their new diet and catch up with them.

Another factor here is just eating a mono-diet. Studies have found that the more ingredients or food choices you have in a single meal, the more you tend to eat. Think of how much you end up eating at a pot-luck or buffet, because there are so many options. If you reduce your food options to a couple ingredients, there’s only so much of it you can eat before feeling full.

But in the end, while the results of the potato diet are interesting, who the hell would actually want to eat that way?! I find that by simply 1) replacing breakfast with black coffee and pushups/pullups, 2) making one of my two daily meals super-healthy, and 3) getting as much sleep as possible, I’m able to stay lean year-round while eating “unhealthy foods” almost every day. Why cut out pizza and beer if you don’t have to?

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