In a Youtube video he posted in December 2016, Andrew Flinders Taylor detailed all of the things he learned after eating potatoes for every meal, every single day, for almost a year.
An all-potato diet sounds crazy, but for Taylor, who weighed in at 334 pounds when his experiment began, it led to noticeable results. The Australian native dropped 117 pounds after one year of what he calls his Spud Fit Challenge .
Today, Taylor no longer only eats potatoes, but his tater-only diet did help him become a healthier man. "My Spud Fit Challenge was only ever intended as a short term intervention to treat my own food addiction," Taylor said in an interview during November 2019. " My behavior with food mirrored that of an alcoholic with drinking so I decided to get as close as possible to treating it with the same abstinence model: I quit all food except potatoes."
When that year was over, Taylor says he moved on to a diet that was more well-rounded. "I still include a lot of potatoes, but also plenty of other unprocessed plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes," Taylor says.
And the physical benefits of Taylor's Spud Fit Challenge remain, he says. "I've maintained the weight loss and I'm still free of the daily grind of battling with food addiction. I had a check-up a few weeks ago and my doctor was very happy with the state of my health."
Taylor says that he was clinically depressed and anxious before undertaking his all-potato diet, "which is no longer an issue for me," he says. "My mental health is much better these days."
During his challenge, Taylor ate all kinds of potatoes, including sweet potatoes. To add flavor to his meals, he used a sprinkle of dried herbs or fat-free sweet chili or barbecue sauce. If he made mashed potatoes, he only added oil-free soy milk.
He also didn’t restrict the amount he consumed. Instead, Taylor ate as many potatoes as he needed to satisfy his hunger. For the first month, he didn’t work out at all and still dropped 22 pounds, but then he added 90 minutes of exercise to his routine every day.
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