The potato diet goes by a number of names, potato diet, potato hack, potato reset etc… And there are a number of variations on how to do this diet.
Made famous by Penn Jillette and Kevin Smith in recent years. Penn using the potato diet to kick start his 100lb weight loss and Kevin after his heart attack.
I’m going to detail out what I’ve found about the potato diet and my take on it. I’m looking to have a go of this in a few days time and will post updates.
As with any medical/diet information you read on the internet, please consult your doctor!
The Potato Diet
From looking into this diet it looks to date back to 1849 and then updated by Tim Steele in his book The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified back in 2016. The book suggests that the potato diet will improve your gut health, strengthen your immune system, and provide plenty of nutrients to keep you energised while losing weight.
While a number of people have said this diet has helped them to lose weight, there are no scientific studies support these claims.
Rules Of The Potato Diet
From what I can tell from reading and seeing what others have done. There are very little ‘rules’ to this diet. If it’s a potato, eat it!
Eat only plain, cooked potatoes.
Eat around 1-2.5KG (2–5 pounds) of potatoes each day – Some say eat as many as you want.
Don’t eat any other foods, including condiments and toppings – I’ve seen people saying they’ve had ketchup, pepper etc.
Salt is okay.
Drink only water, plain tea, or black coffee.
If you are on medications keep taking these as directed by your doctor.
While you can have your potatoes any way you like, you can’t have chips (fries) or crisps (potato chips). Basically a boiled potato.
Weight Loss On the Potato Diet
OK so your only eating potatoes for 2 weeks, you’re going to lose weight. Kevin Smith has said that he lost 8KG (19lbs) in 2 weeks when he did the potato diet. From reading and watching how other people have done on this diet, it does seem to vary from person to person, we’re all different so it’s not surprising that some people will lose more than others.
You have to remember this is a short term diet, and not eating just potatoes for the rest of your life. Unless your Andrew Taylor from Spud Fit, he went a full year on just potatoes!
While it may seem a crazy idea to only eat potatoes they do contain a number of essential vitamins and minerals – vitamin C, potassium, folate, and iron. While the potato diet is restrictive it is an easy diet to follow. All your eating is potatoes so meal planning is now as simple as eating potatoes.
So weight loss should be a given if your only eating potatoes and not drinking your calories.
As the days go by, you will get bored of the same old potato. Below are some ways you can make your potato meals a little more intreating.
Oven-baked, oil-free hash browns
Oven-baked, oil-free home fries
Oven-baked, oil-free French fries
Videos On The Potato Diet
Below are some videos I’ve come across when looking into the potato diet. I thought it would be helpful to share them here for you.
The Bottom Line
This is a very restrictive diet and is classed as a fad diet. Does it work? From those that have done it, it seems like it does. You also have to remember that no scientific studies have been carried out and it’s only to be used as a short term diet.
With that being said, I will be trying the potato diet and will post along the way and let you know how it goes!