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Man eats nothing but potatoes for 60 days, prospers

Postby a_real_man » Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:42 pm

http://www.forksoverknives.com/getting-well-on-twenty-potatoes-a-day/

Chris Voigt is the executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission. In an effort to educate the public about the nutritional value of potatoes, he ate 20 potatoes a day, for 60 days straight. That’s right, his diet consisted of only potatoes and nothing else. No toppings, no chili, no sour cream, no cheese, no gravy – just potatoes and maybe some seasonings or herbs and a little oil for some of the cooking.

Watch the video about Chris Voigt’s potato diet:


Chris’s diet started on October 1, 2010 and ended November 29, 2010. His mission was to show the world that the potato is so healthy that you could live off them alone for an extended period of time without any negative impact to your health.

Of course, those of us involved in the science and practice of healthy living were curious what impact this would have on his health and well-being. We all know how potatoes have received a lot of bad press over the last few years. They’ve been said to be high in the glycemic index, will raise your blood sugar, increase your risk for diabetes, raise your triglycerides and increase your risk for heart disease and even possibly some cancers.

For the record, his goal was not to lose weight but to consume enough calories (2,200) to maintain his weight – which is the equivalent of 20 average potatoes a day.

Take a look at Chris’s numbers:

Before (9/24/2010)
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 197
BMI: 26
Cholesterol: 214 (high)
Triglycerides: 135
HDL: 45
LDL: 142 (high)
Glucose: 104 (high)
Chol/HDL ratio: 4.75
LDL/HDL ratio: 3.15

After 60 Days (11/29/2010)
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 176
BMI: 23
Cholesterol: 147
Triglycerides: 75
HDL: 48
LDL: 84
Glucose: 94
Chol/HDL ratio: 3.0
LDL/HDL ratio: 1.75

Overall Results (After 60 Days)
Weight: -21 lbs (-11%)
BMI : -3 pt
Cholesterol:-67 pts (-31%)
Triglycerides: -60 pts (-44%)
HDL: +3 pt
LDL: -58 pts (-41%)
Glucose: -10 pts (-9%)
Chol/HDL ratio:-1.75 pts (-37%)
LDL/HDL ratio: -1.40 pts (-44%)

As we can see, even though Chris was not attempting to lose weight, he did; but more importantly he had highly significant reductions in his cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, glucose, TC/HDL ratio, LDL/HDL ratio. These numbers indicate that Chris dramatically reduced his risk for heart disease and diabetes.

The improvements were in fact greater than what we see from drugs and many intensive lifestyle programs. And he did it all in 60 days!

While I would not recommend an all potato diet for the long-term for anyone, all of this points to the simple fact that in spite of all the bad press, potatoes are a nutritious and healthy food.


TL;DR man eats 20 potatoes a day and nothing else for 60 days. Despite the common belief that potato is unhealthy, he lost weight and lowered other indicators of risk. Dieticians and nutritionalists continue to hamsterbate.
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Re: Man eats nothing but potatoes for 60 days, prospers

Postby a_real_man » Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:46 pm

An even more extreme follow-up: man eats nothing but potatoes for A FUCKING YEAR!

http://nypost.com/2016/12/14/man-eats-nothing-but-potatoes-for-a-year/

You can see his transformation on youtube. He is <10 days away from a year.

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Bro needs to lift, but remarkable transformation nonetheless. Nutritional experts and dietitians continue to hamsterbate about high glycemic index.
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Re: Man eats nothing but potatoes for 60 days, prospers

Postby EddieS » Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:32 pm

There is a book out there called 'the starch solution' by a bloke named McDougall. It's worth reading for those wanting to understand why this works and a bit of the science and stat's behind the value of fueling the body with good starches.
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Re: Man eats nothing but potatoes for 60 days, prospers

Postby G001 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:25 am

It isn't 100% conclusive. Chances are, that the consistent reduced intake would have meant weight loss, and the weight loss contributed to his better figures.
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