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The "Potato Diet" for fast weight loss?

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Created October 11, 2012 at 10:53 PM

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I've heard that a lot of people are following this "potato only" diet lately, and that IT WORKS. I love potatoes and since including them in my diet have experienced so much more happiness (used to be very low carb) and kind of just want to test this out method out since including them in my everyday diet has helped SO much. I used to think there was some magic trick about carbs or fat when I went paleo that would allow me to eat whatever I wanted WHENEVER I wanted but, I've found that weight loss really has to do, blatantly said, with a calorie deficient. Whether that's through Fasting 24 hours 1-2 days a week, Leansgains IF, exercising, eating relatively "low carb" (80-100-150g a day) or all the other methods talked about on here, that it all has to do in the end with achieving that calorie deficient through satiety or going hungry (haha i.e IF). Paleo helps us find REAL satiety, and thus a calorie deficient . It forces us to stay away from all the processed SAD crap that confuses those specific satiety signals that we become in tune with on the paleo diet. I love Paleo for that and feel SO much healthier on it and plan to stick with it for life but sometimes it's still hard for me to GET that calorie deficient, thus lose weight. For me I find it easier to not restrict calories everyday, but eat maintenance calories, and fast 24 hours a day 2x a week... but it's still kind of difficult (not that weight loss is easy) If this potato diet REALLY works, I kind of want to try it. Apparently it helps us create that calorie deficient voluntary, because plain potatoes with nothing added are SO satisfying. If it helps achieve that calorie deficient goal with more satiety than the two days of fasting a week... I'm kind of down/stoked on it. 10-14 days of only potatoes maybe repeated 2 or 3 times within a few months to lose that weight a little easier than STRAIGHT IF, what do you all think? If you've tried it, does it work and on average how many potatoes do you each day? (I will probably still continue IFing btw after wards at some points since I know fasting provides more health benefits than just weight loss)

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748 · January 12, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Well I don't know if it's because my gut flora is imbalanced, or if I just don't tolerate carbs well anymore, but I was only eating about 4-5 a day (400-500 cals) for 5 days, and didn't lose any weight except 1 lb of water weight I think, and I was TERRIBLY bloated the entire time and had terrible stomach pains. I peeled them too. Not a good experience. But it could've just been me, it might be different for everyone.

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748 · October 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Okay sad to report, some obligations didn't allow me start the potato diet but I'm going to try to start today. Going to eat 7 potatoes a day, or about half of my daily needs, (daily needs is about 1600 cals), and see if I have the same results as akman. I have a question though @akman do you think this is unhealthy to do for 4 weeks? And then 2 weeks off and then 2 more weeks? Or would you only suggest 2 weeks at a time?

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2422 · October 15, 2012 at 9:41 PM

@Amber awesome! Good luck with the taters.

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748 · October 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

@coffeesnob I'm starting it tomorrow! I'll let you know how it goes after 7 days :) But I'm going to try to do 14

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3180 · October 13, 2012 at 4:36 AM

I've done this twice and doing a 3rd now. The first time I lost 5lbs in 7 days and it stayed off, the second time 10lbs in 14 days and it stayed off. So far, 5lbs in 7 days this time...7 days to go. I had been weight stable at 175lbs (+/- 3lbs) for over a year eating low carb paleo. I am now at 160lbs.

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2422 · October 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

@ akman, have you tried any other types of calorie restriction protocols? Is the weight loss from this pototo-only diet more sustainable compared to other types of calorie restriction? I tried PSMF and lost 10lbs in 3 weeks only to gain it all back when I started eating regularly. How would you rank this potato-only diet among other forms of calorie restriction?

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2422 · October 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM

@Amber, if you decide to try this potato only diet, please update us on your weight loss progress. If you see results within 5 days, I am going to give this a try as well!

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2422 · October 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

@akman, when are you planning on starting this potato fast (or feast)?

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2422 · October 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

And, here is Guyenet's interpretation: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/12/potato-diet-interpretation.html

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3180 · October 12, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Here's the guy that started all this: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/12/interview-with-chris-voigt-of-20.html

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3180 · October 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I think it would be fine if your morning smoothie contains no fat or protein. This potato diet seems to work because it is starch based (plus the minimal fat and protein found naturally in a potato). Some have speculated it's effective because starch is easily digested in the small intestine and doesn't tax the liver, this seems to kick-start the body into burning it's own fat very quickly while restoring a good balance of gut microflora.

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748 · October 12, 2012 at 5:16 AM

So I guess it would be a modified version of this potato fast, but I could probably do it a little longer because of the added nutrients, say 15-20 days. I think it would still put me at a good calorie deficient, as my drink really makes me feel full and nourished and would hate to lose that. But then again is it just worth it to suck it up do 10-14 days of just potatoes, then 2-3 weeks of normal paleo food, and repeat like the diet recommends. I'd think my "modified" one would work to, but I don't know.

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748 · October 12, 2012 at 5:10 AM

@akman If this whole thing is based on a calorie deficient though can I still have my normal breakfast and just have only plain potatoes for dinner and still have results? In the past I don't like how I feel on potatoes for breakfast, and I don't really want to wait till dinner (2-3pm) to eat. Right now I have 2 meals a day and would like to continue that. Plus since my breakfast is a green smoothie I think I'd feel more nourished (unsweetened almond milk, kale, spinach, 8ish small strawberries, a little stevia, and a dollap of coconut cream round' 140 cals) Do you think this would still work?

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270 · October 12, 2012 at 4:15 AM

I heard on NPR a while ago that women and men respond differently to exercise and that, for women, exercising causes more hunger signals to make up the calorie deficit.

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3180 · October 12, 2012 at 3:46 AM

I tried rice and found I could eat way more rice than potatoes. Never tried sweet potatoes. White potatoes worked perfectly for me.

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748 · October 12, 2012 at 2:44 AM

@coffeesnob The thread says any potatoes are fine except... sweet potatoes. dont know why tho!

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748 · October 12, 2012 at 2:43 AM

The thread comments some rice is okay too... but I'd think potatoes would cause me to eat less. Did you ever eat rice on your three different cycles?

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2422 · October 12, 2012 at 2:42 AM

What about sweet potato only diet? Do you think it would be as effective? Or is sweet potato too palatable (high reward)?

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18635 · October 12, 2012 at 2:11 AM

This one is a review http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/adis/smd/2006/00000036/00000003/art00005

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18635 · October 12, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Then this one is a review I meant...

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18635 · October 12, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Then this one is a synopsis http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/adis/smd/2006/00000036/00000003/art00005

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18635 · October 12, 2012 at 2:06 AM

The weights gotta come from somewhere. Your either breaking down lean mass, losing water weight, or losing fat. The studies just show a higher percentage of the loss is fat rather than lean mass when you eat higher protein. Here is results from a 21 day study http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0026049594900051 I don't have access to the whole study though.

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748 · October 12, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Yah exercise is good... but the potato route just sounds like so much less work. HA but no I hear yah I do need to whip out HIIT again.

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9402 · October 12, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Would you really lose significant muscle mass so quickly? In just 2 weeks?

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3521 · October 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM

@BBF There are a lot of studies which show in an increase in insulin sensitivity on very high carb diets. I highly doubt carbohydrates are the cause of insulin resistance, they could exacerbate it, but they are not the cause.

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5381 · October 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM

What about just exercising?

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12677 · October 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM

I'd bet against you in a heartbeat on that, bonebroth.

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5160 · October 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM

You'll probably give yourself more insulin resistance than insulin sensitivity.

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18635 · October 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Most studies on macros indicate two things are important in retaining lean mass during weight loss....resistance training and PROTEIN. I'm just not comfortable with were my weight loss would be coming from on a diet so low in protein.

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9402 · October 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Great series from Stephan on potatoes including the quote "On one hand, if I had to pick a single food to eat exclusively for a while, potatoes would be high on the list." http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/09/potatoes-and-human-health-part-i.html

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9402 · October 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM

According to fitday, 1 large white potato has 7.2g of fat and 5.0g of protein (and 58.1g of carbs).

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9402 · October 11, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Great series from Stephan on potatotoes including the quote "On one hand, if I had to pick a single food to eat exclusively for a while, potatoes would be high on the list." http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/09/potatoes-and-human-health-part-i.html

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9402 · October 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Also, I think potatoes are more micronutrient dense than cabbage.

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1021 · October 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM

potatoes contain fat?

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748 · October 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Wow very cool! I love potatoes (all I ate when I was a little kid), so I think I could do this very easily. Being a 5"1 131 lb girl, I feel my normal intake is around 1200 cals, so hopefully it will still result in a calorie deficient for me, but maybe I'll get full on less we'll see. Excited! Thanks! :)

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748 · October 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I hear you on that, and that's what I thought too, but I think the trick is that potatoes more satisfying, and have protein, fat as well, rather than eating JUST grapes or something.

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3180 · October 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I know for a fact the potato diet works, because I've done 3 cycles of it in the past several months. The first time, I wasn't all that committed, lasted 5 days, lost 3lbs and cheated a little. Excited by that, I did 10 days and lost 6 lbs a few weeks later. Now I am on day 7 of a 14 day run and have lost 5lbs so far.

This is not a fad until Dr. Oz says it's a fad! I have tried single-food diets in the past and could not do it and developed a strong aversion to the food. With potatoes, I can eat them every day in many different forms and still crave more. I get full on 2-3lbs a day, which is about 1200 kcal., roughly 50% of my normal intake.

The nutrient content of potatoes is key. Full complement of amino acids (protein) and fat. Plug 3 pounds of potatoes in a nutrient calculator and you will be surprised by the vitamin and nutrients in there.

Try it! It works!

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3180 · October 13, 2012 at 4:36 AM

I've done this twice and doing a 3rd now. The first time I lost 5lbs in 7 days and it stayed off, the second time 10lbs in 14 days and it stayed off. So far, 5lbs in 7 days this time...7 days to go. I had been weight stable at 175lbs (+/- 3lbs) for over a year eating low carb paleo. I am now at 160lbs.

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2422 · October 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

@ akman, have you tried any other types of calorie restriction protocols? Is the weight loss from this pototo-only diet more sustainable compared to other types of calorie restriction? I tried PSMF and lost 10lbs in 3 weeks only to gain it all back when I started eating regularly. How would you rank this potato-only diet among other forms of calorie restriction?

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2422 · October 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

@akman, when are you planning on starting this potato fast (or feast)?

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2422 · October 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

And, here is Guyenet's interpretation: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/12/potato-diet-interpretation.html

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3180 · October 12, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Here's the guy that started all this: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/12/interview-with-chris-voigt-of-20.html

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3180 · October 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I think it would be fine if your morning smoothie contains no fat or protein. This potato diet seems to work because it is starch based (plus the minimal fat and protein found naturally in a potato). Some have speculated it's effective because starch is easily digested in the small intestine and doesn't tax the liver, this seems to kick-start the body into burning it's own fat very quickly while restoring a good balance of gut microflora.

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748 · October 12, 2012 at 5:16 AM

So I guess it would be a modified version of this potato fast, but I could probably do it a little longer because of the added nutrients, say 15-20 days. I think it would still put me at a good calorie deficient, as my drink really makes me feel full and nourished and would hate to lose that. But then again is it just worth it to suck it up do 10-14 days of just potatoes, then 2-3 weeks of normal paleo food, and repeat like the diet recommends. I'd think my "modified" one would work to, but I don't know.

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748 · October 12, 2012 at 5:10 AM

@akman If this whole thing is based on a calorie deficient though can I still have my normal breakfast and just have only plain potatoes for dinner and still have results? In the past I don't like how I feel on potatoes for breakfast, and I don't really want to wait till dinner (2-3pm) to eat. Right now I have 2 meals a day and would like to continue that. Plus since my breakfast is a green smoothie I think I'd feel more nourished (unsweetened almond milk, kale, spinach, 8ish small strawberries, a little stevia, and a dollap of coconut cream round' 140 cals) Do you think this would still work?

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3180 · October 12, 2012 at 3:46 AM

I tried rice and found I could eat way more rice than potatoes. Never tried sweet potatoes. White potatoes worked perfectly for me.

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748 · October 12, 2012 at 2:44 AM

@coffeesnob The thread says any potatoes are fine except... sweet potatoes. dont know why tho!

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748 · October 12, 2012 at 2:43 AM

The thread comments some rice is okay too... but I'd think potatoes would cause me to eat less. Did you ever eat rice on your three different cycles?

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2422 · October 12, 2012 at 2:42 AM

What about sweet potato only diet? Do you think it would be as effective? Or is sweet potato too palatable (high reward)?

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748 · October 11, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Wow very cool! I love potatoes (all I ate when I was a little kid), so I think I could do this very easily. Being a 5"1 131 lb girl, I feel my normal intake is around 1200 cals, so hopefully it will still result in a calorie deficient for me, but maybe I'll get full on less we'll see. Excited! Thanks! :)

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18635 · October 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Lol Noooooooooo!!! Now THIS is the definition of a fad diet. Why don't you just eat cabbage for 14 days? Or just eat "X" where X is ANY ONE SINGLE FOOD for 14 days. I bet it all works out just as well as the potato bit.

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18635 · October 12, 2012 at 2:11 AM

This one is a review http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/adis/smd/2006/00000036/00000003/art00005

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18635 · October 12, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Then this one is a review I meant...

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18635 · October 12, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Then this one is a synopsis http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/adis/smd/2006/00000036/00000003/art00005

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18635 · October 12, 2012 at 2:06 AM

The weights gotta come from somewhere. Your either breaking down lean mass, losing water weight, or losing fat. The studies just show a higher percentage of the loss is fat rather than lean mass when you eat higher protein. Here is results from a 21 day study http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0026049594900051 I don't have access to the whole study though.

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9402 · October 12, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Would you really lose significant muscle mass so quickly? In just 2 weeks?

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18635 · October 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Most studies on macros indicate two things are important in retaining lean mass during weight loss....resistance training and PROTEIN. I'm just not comfortable with were my weight loss would be coming from on a diet so low in protein.

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9402 · October 11, 2012 at 11:44 PM

According to fitday, 1 large white potato has 7.2g of fat and 5.0g of protein (and 58.1g of carbs).

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9402 · October 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Also, I think potatoes are more micronutrient dense than cabbage.

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1021 · October 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM

potatoes contain fat?

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748 · October 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I hear you on that, and that's what I thought too, but I think the trick is that potatoes more satisfying, and have protein, fat as well, rather than eating JUST grapes or something.

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415 · December 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

It does work. I tried the potato diet for a week and felt great and was surprisingly satisfied. I wanted to make it sustainable so what I've done is added liver once a week, added sweet potatoes, some veggies and an egg here and there. What I've ended up with is more like an Okinawan diet.

The only other diet that's been as satisfying to me is keto. Root veggies are a completely different animal than other carbs. It's an altogether different feeling from when I was on McDougall but then I was eating a lot of grains and no animal foods. I was always hungry.

Every time I change my diet, I learn something new. I know I can't have grains and I can't mix carbs and fats too much.

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2043 · January 12, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Can sweet potatoes be used in place of regular potatoes for those who need to avoid night shades or is "the magic" in regular potatoes?

For the OP... Did you give the all potato diet a try? How did it go?

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748 · January 12, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Well I don't know if it's because my gut flora is imbalanced, or if I just don't tolerate carbs well anymore, but I was only eating about 4-5 a day (400-500 cals) for 5 days, and didn't lose any weight except 1 lb of water weight I think, and I was TERRIBLY bloated the entire time and had terrible stomach pains. I peeled them too. Not a good experience. But it could've just been me, it might be different for everyone.

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Ever since January I am eating potatoes. But I cut them in four pieces and put them in water overnight to remove the starch. I eat them only with fish, or tuna (love salmon too), with roman lettuce, beets, or carrots.I am not eating any pork, or beef, neither chicken. By March I lost 25 pounds , and then I decided to add a half hour walk in the morning. I am 30 pounds thinner. I have lots of energy, and I feel great.

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Eating Healthy is an always a big factor in any diet. This is the best tip for weight loss

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729 · October 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM

LOL youll get sick of potatoes reaaall fastt haha, i know i would

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3521 · October 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM

I have thought of going on an all tuber diet, not for weight loss but for the supposed insulin sensitivity benefits. I tried it for half a day but I felt hungry the whole day, maybe if I went longer the hunger would have gone away.

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3521 · October 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM

@BBF There are a lot of studies which show in an increase in insulin sensitivity on very high carb diets. I highly doubt carbohydrates are the cause of insulin resistance, they could exacerbate it, but they are not the cause.

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12677 · October 12, 2012 at 12:21 AM

I'd bet against you in a heartbeat on that, bonebroth.

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5160 · October 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM

You'll probably give yourself more insulin resistance than insulin sensitivity.

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You might take a look at http://www.herbsonline.net.au/. many people do find them useful and membership is not hugely expensive. On the other hand you have the right attitude to begin with, long term weight loss comes from long term change in diet, not from eating one apple a day. The harsher the diet the less likely it is to be of lasting benefit as your body reacts to this "famine" situation by slowing down your metabolism; greatly reducing your energy levels and hanging on to every ounce it can,,and when you give in and begin to eat more normally, your metabolism tends to lag behind,the end result is that you regain weight quickly and most people gain more than they lost in the first place.

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1772 · December 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Oh. Wait. You mean the diet entitled called "the Starch Solution" popularized by vegan Doctor McDougall?

Yes, that is the one. It works. It's nothing new. It's only new for paleo fat-asses who have been living under a rock (or denial) for their entire lives.

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