From taco cleanses to pizza-only weight loss plans to this man’s remarkable potato journey, 2016 is officially the year of wacky nutrition philosophies. (We’re still trying to wrap our minds around the fact that a Chick-Fil-A diet exists.)
Andrew Flinders Taylor likes potatoes, but that’s not the reason why he decided to eat only potatoes for all of 2016. On day 32 of what he’s calling his “Spud Fit” experiment, Taylor hopes to lose weight and tackle his food addiction by eating nothing but potatoes for 366 days. (344 left to go.)
“I am doing a potato only diet challenge,” he said in his first video uploaded to YouTube. “The bulk, 99% of my calories will come from potatoes … and then I’ll just have seasoning and stuff on them. The last couple of years I’ve not been anywhere near as fit and active as I’d like to be. Today I weighed myself and as expected I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, which is 151.7 kg … So I’m not happy about that.”
A little over a month into his experiment, Taylor has lost 10 kg, which is roughly 22 lbs.
In his most recent video, Taylor opened up about how eating only potatoes has helped him stop binge eating.
“I’m starting to change the way I think about food and what I’m eating. I changed more from seeing food as a way of getting comfort or a way of getting pleasure or of just spending time … but these days it’s more just about some good quality fuel in the tank.”
Charlene Crosse, spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, told BuzzFeed that Taylor’s Spud Fit regime was not healthy or sustainable.
“If you only ate potato it would be hard to get all your vitamins and minerals – they’re all essential,” she said. “The body needs 40 different nutrients, and there isn’t one food that will give you all that.”
While we wish Taylor luck on his journey, we hope he finds some way to get the nutrients he needs. Potatoes are pretty amazing, but they’re not magical. (Except when they’re in mashed potato form.)
— Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda