Have you ever been on one of those fad ‘diets’ where you are restricted to eating a certain food but in unlimited quantities? Probably the one that was most ‘famous’ back in the 70’s was the grapefruit diet where you could eat as much as the fruit as you wanted due to its ‘amazing’ fat-burning ability. How would you feel, however, about eating only ONE food every day for a year? That is exactly what Andrew Flinders Taylor, from Melbourne, proposes to do when he declared 2016 to be the year of the spud: he will be eating only potato for the entire year (read more here: http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/02/01/16/44/melbourne-man-adopts-potato-only-diet-in-bid-to-transform-health )
I am trying to understand what this guy is thinking – I mean, he says he is hoping that by embarking on a potato-only diet, it will improve his relationship with food. How is eating one food, and running the risk of vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies, doing anything to make his relationship with food better? If anything, his obsessive quest to eliminate all foods, except one, from his diet is the perfect way to ruin any ‘healthy’ relationship he hoped to have with food.
If he is hoping to lose weight following this regime (and he does mention a 10kg weight loss since he started on 1st January), then I can assure you his seemingly great results so far will be non-existent in no time. Firstly, a potato does not contain all the vitamins & minerals essential to constitute a balanced diet. He will eventually become deficient in protein, iron, calcium and many other important nutrients, which means his body will not perform at its peak health level. As a result, he will suffer ill-health and his body will cease losing weight due to the stress created by being malnourished.
The other big problem with potatoes is their high Glycaemic Index (GI). GI is a measure of the way certain foods effect your blood sugar levels, and white potatoes are the worst for causing blood sugar ‘roller coasters’ due to their ability to quickly elevate and then drop blood sugar levels. Not only will Andrew be feeling fatigue due to these blood sugar swings but he will be prone to weight gain due eating food that encourages metabolic syndrome developing.
Is Andrew trying to jump on the bandwagon for ‘being famous for nothing’ (hello Kim Kardashian)? That is the only logical reason I can establish for this crazy regime that will only be detrimental to his health (if he last the whole year) and will see his initial weight gain ground to a big halt.
Andrew, you are really just trying another fad diet AND this is NOT a long term solution to solving your weight issue. At The Natural Way, our clients are not on a ‘fad diet,’ rather they are beginning a lifestyle change which promotes successful maintenance and good health WITHOUT compromising their metabolism or health.
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