Praise the power of potatoes. This man says he ate only potatoes for a year and lost 110lb as a result. Whoa.
We’ll be honest – we were more than a little skeptical when, back in the heady, carb-loving days of 2016, Andrew Flinders Taylor announced the launch of the Spud Fit project, which would see him eating only potatoes for a full year.
‘I wanted to change the way I thought about food so that it’s not really controlling my life,’ Andrew said at the time. ‘Food is fuel kinda thing.
‘The last couple of years I’ve not been anywhere near as fit and active as I’d like to be…I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, which is 151.7kg (23 st, 8lbs)… So I’m not happy about that.’
Andrew stated that he would eat three kilograms of potatoes daily, choosing both sweet potatoes and regular potatoes to get in all his necessary iron and vitamins, and would not be using any oils to cook his food.
99% of his calories came from potatoes, with the remaining bits just seasoning and low-fat sauces.
When Andrew announced his plans, dietitians were concerned.
Chloe Miles a dietitian from for the British Dietetic Association told Metro.co.uk: ‘By just eating potatoes for a year he is very unlikely to be getting all of the vitamins and minerals he needs.
‘He is likely to miss out on iron, which will potentially lead to tiredness and, also, not consume enough calcium which will have an impact on his bone health.
‘It is, also, going to have an impact on his social life as this is a very restrictive diet. This sort of restriction could lead to disordered eating. I would strongly recommend other people don’t follow this diet.’
But amazingly, one year later, Andrew hasn’t just survived a potato-only diet – he’s lost 110lbs, just from his potato diet and around an hour each day spent cycling.
According to regular checks from his GP, Andrew’s health is perfectly fine, too, thanks to making sure he got in his fibre from eating potato skins, using calcium-fortified soy milk to mash his potatoes, and throwing in sweet potatoes to get the recommended daily dose of vitamin A and E.
‘My health just continues to improve,’ he told news.com.au. ‘I had high cholesterol but now it’s low, my blood pressure has dropped and my sugar level has dropped.
‘Every time I get a new blood test, it just gets better.
‘Eating only potatoes has improved my life in more ways than I could ever imagine.’
Before you head to Sainsbury’s and stock up on potatoes, though, it’s important to bear a few things in mind.
First off, every body is different, and while the diet worked for Andrew, there’s no guarantee it’d have similar results for anyone else.
It’s also worth noting that the weight loss Andrew saw was not necessarily down to the magical power of potatoes, but simply an easy-to-follow diet that helped him to cut out sugary, high-fat treats. The cycling probably helped, too.
Andrew spoke to dietitians and his doctor before he began the Spud Fit project, and checked in with his GP regularly throughout the process – and we’d recommend that anyone keen to follow this diet, or ANY diet for that matter, does the same.
But Andrew’s story does teach us one lesson that we can apply universally: Stop demonising potatoes just because they’re carbs. Potatoes are great.
We have, of course, reached out to Andrew to find out more about what it’s like to only eat potatoes (how does such a diet affect your poos?), and will update this story if we hear back.