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Is Paul Jaminet's Take on the Potato Diet Good Advice?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 18, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Recently Paul Jaminet did a blurb on the Potato Diet that is gaining steam all over the place. He said at http://www.latestinpaleo.com/blog/2012/12/16/perfect-health-diet-qa-with-paul-jaminet.html

"What are your thoughts on the Potato Diet, which has been gaining some popularity in online Paleo communities as a short-term solution for weight loss? - Angelo (Yes, I snuck in one more question...) Hi Angelo, the Potato Diet like all highly restrictive diets is very effective for weight loss in the short term. It is probably better than many restrictive diets because potatoes are a healthy, nourishing food, and have relatively few toxins (thus we classify them as a ???safe starch??? and recommend their regular consumption). They also have a lot of an especially beneficial form of fiber.

Eating potatoes only is a lipid deficient diet, and this will have negative effects within a few months. Chris Voigt was on his Potato Diet for only 60 days and his serum cholesterol dropped from 214 mg/dl (perfect) to 147 mg/dl (severely deficient). This impairs immune function and over time would have negative effects. The Irish were famously healthy on a diet high in potatoes, but they drank large quantities of milk daily and that rounded out the diet, making it healthy.

If one were to stick to the Potato Diet for an extended period of time, two months as Chris Voigt did or longer, nutrient deficiencies would develop and the Potato Dieter would become increasingly hungry. The effect of malnutrition on hunger is discussed in our new edition (chapter 17). This would eventually make the diet intolerable.

So I would suggest that the best strategy is to eat a nutritionally balanced diet from the beginning ??? at a minimum, potatoes and milk, like the Irish, but preferably also with eggs, seafood, organ meats, and vegetables ??? and use intermittent fasting and conscious effort to achieve a calorie restriction similar to that achieved on the Potato Diet. This more nourishing diet is likely to be equally effective for weight loss and healthier in the long run.

Of course, with those changes the Potato Diet becomes an implementation of the Perfect Health Diet!"

Then in the comments of his blog http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2012/12/qa-with-latest-in-paleo-readers/#comments appears this gem:

"Loved your take on the Potato Diet. We had a few people doing just that on this thread: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread72366.html I think the consensus is that the satiety effect really only come through when sticking to potatoes, though.

Wonderful forum member, J3NN, charted her diet on her blog, http://j3nn.net/blog/2012/12/17/potato-plus-diet-results/ and included mega-info like blood sugar, weight, hunger, energy etc???

They have taken to calling it the ???Potato Reset??? and it???s been especially popular around the holidays. We look at it as a way to ???reset??? your eating, weight, and relationship with food.

These are the rough guidelines we came up with for the best version of the Potato Reset:

  1. Plan on eating mostly potatoes for 5-7 days (90%+ of calories)
  2. Eat between 2 and 4lbs of potatoes daily.
  3. Other foods allowed (but optional!): 1/2 cup sauerkraut, 1 cup bone broth, 1 tsp max daily coconut oil, olive oil, or butter, 1-2oz lean meat daily. Unlimited coffee, tea, and water.
  4. Spices, salt, pepper, and vinegar OK.
  5. Lifting of Heavy Things discouraged, think ???de-load week??? Lifting light things/walking OK.
  6. All normal supplements OK to continue
  7. IF???ing, especially by skipping breakfast encouraged.
  8. If you need to lose more weight, alternate the ???Potato Reset??? diet with healthy Primal Blueprint in 5-7 day increments.
  9. Not recommended for people who eat every 2-3 hours, have glucose issues, or have eating disorders.
  10. Highly recommended for people who have their hunger under control, have been eating PB style for 6 months or more, and are having trouble losing weight with the normal approaches."

So, who has the better Potato diet, or Potato Reset? Paul or Mark's Daily Apple?

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on February 27, 2013
at 02:41 PM

@JayJay Potatoes have starch and protein. Essentially it's a PSMF... minimizes lean mass loss.

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on December 19, 2012
at 11:23 PM

I suspect most would prefer being full on potatoes to being hungry.

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on December 19, 2012
at 02:04 AM

A high carb perfect health diet is the way to go.

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on December 19, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Or if your doing short term why not just fast? I'm sure you could lose the weight by just not eating.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on December 19, 2012
at 12:16 AM

Potatoes are fine....if you cant afford meat that is ;)

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on December 18, 2012
at 11:26 PM

I think Paul was being a bit tongue-in-cheek here, and in fact is recommending the full Perfect Health Diet, not merely a version of the potato diet. Yes, it is good advice.

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on December 19, 2012
at 02:04 AM

A high carb perfect health diet is the way to go.

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on December 19, 2012
at 12:54 AM

The key thing I read from it was that it is a quick short term thing, where Paul prefers a more gradual, balanced approach - which might defeat the purpose. Since it is short term, the lipid deficiency factor may not be much of a concern.

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on December 19, 2012
at 11:23 PM

I suspect most would prefer being full on potatoes to being hungry.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on December 19, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Or if your doing short term why not just fast? I'm sure you could lose the weight by just not eating.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 27, 2013
at 02:41 PM

@JayJay Potatoes have starch and protein. Essentially it's a PSMF... minimizes lean mass loss.

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on December 19, 2012
at 12:50 AM

You could just have the other foods mentioned and skip the potatos. I could practically live on kraut and bone broth.

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:13 PM

I tried it, and just potatoes didn't fill me up at all! I felt like I could eat forever.

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on February 27, 2013
at 12:47 PM

I think this potato fast is fascinating and I am giving it a try for 14 days, since i gained 20 lbs from going paleo.

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