I finished up the last of my potatoes on Friday at lunch, then went on to a weekend of frivolity. My first “real meal” was a 10oz prime rib with baby Yukon gold potatoes. They were delicious (but a bit oily). I never get tired of spuds!
I ate “normally,” if there is such a thing, for the last 3 days. This morning, I was down 4 pounds from my pre-hack weight. While this may not seem like a monumental achievement, for people that are trying to lose lots of weight, 4 pounds is a great milestone. For me, using periodic potato hacks keeps me at my preferred weight year-round. The last time I’d done any potato hacking was last September when I did a full 30 days to show support for Andrew Taylor’s “Spudfit Challenge.”
Things I hear…
I heard from a lot of people last week! One thing that stood out, people have a hard time sticking to an all-potato diet. Did you read Critical MAS’ Five Stages of (Potato Hack) Grief blog post? Spot-on.
For first-timers especially, adhering to the potato hack’s “potatoes-only” rule seems insurmountable. Usually it’s the result of poor planning and the realization that a potato snack takes 20 minutes whereas M&Ms are immediate, and so, so good. If this describes you, then take a moment to reflect on why this might be. We’ve become so accustomed to everything “on-demand” that we lose patients when we are hungry. Plus, our houses are usually well-stocked with junk-food making it oh-so easy to grab a snack any time we please.
While potato hacking, it’s best to stick with potatoes. However, I’d say that you could get away with eating some fruit or vegetables, or even some very lean meat. One thing that will ruin the potato hack’s effects is to eat fatty foods during your potato diet. Stay away from nuts, avocados, fatty meat, oils, etc… A big part of the fast weight loss is due to the complete lack of dietary fat.
Starting with Denise Minger’s In Defense of Low Fat series a couple years ago, a resurgence of low-fat eating strategies have appeared on the scene. Rusty Moore recently wrote Do Carbs Make You Fat? I think it should be clear by now that “carbs” are not the enemy, but eating carbs and fat together is a recipe for gaining weight.
So, if you are gonna cheat during the potato hack…cheat with carbs, not fat!
Another thing I learned…
I was surprised by the number of people who were trying valiantly to make the potato hack work, but had never read the book. It’s always obvious to me when people start asking certain questions that they have not read the book, otherwise they’d know the answers.
I get it that people are sick and tired of chasing diets only to find they wasted another $20 on a book or a product that gets thrown away. Many of the people I met the last couple weeks were from the Facebook world, and not regular readers of my blogs, so I can understand.
Whether you are just trying to keep your weight in-check or trying to lose 100’s of pounds, the Potato Hack has something to offer you. The small daily/weekly losses add up over time, and give you good insight into your eating habits. The gut-friendly nature of an all-potato diet is not trivial. This is the only diet that I know of that truly captures the power of resistant starch and allows your gut to help you lose weight and heal from a lifetime of abuse. Eating just potatoes can be a daunting task for some. There are lots of variations to the basic hack in which many other foods are allowed. It’s all in the book! Have a read.