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Lean Individuals and High-Starch, Low-Fat

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 02, 2012 at 2:17 PM

So there's been a lot of talk about the potato diet recently- (http://paleohacks.com/questions/159661/is-the-potato-protocol-the-latest-rage-in-the-paleo-community)

I'm really interested in how that's working- just calorie deficit, or something deeper? I read the post over at Hyperlipid (http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/protons-zero-fat_3.html) and it seems that something more is happening.

Have any already-lean individuals tried this? Or, really, anyone with a lower or nonexistent calorie deficit?

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on December 02, 2012
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It is most definitely deficit, mono dieting will almost always create a deficit in calories, nothing surprising there, the durianrider crowd have been doing this for ages with their "banana island" etc. stuff. But that being said, I think that the potassium might help too, so many people (especially the LC and paleo crowd) are potassium depleted.

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on July 06, 2013
at 09:29 AM

I've also been wondering about this. Paleo for ~1 year, pretty low carbs (50-70g a day, give or take) and stalled out on weight loss.

I don't have much advice to give, but I've heard from quite a few people on this site that upping the carbs and dropping fat led to quicker weight loss.

I think it's also gender-dependent, though. I hear of many more men getting thinner on starch than women. Any thoughts on this?

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on December 02, 2012
at 08:09 PM

I tried it. I did not restrict calories and was eating about 2000 calories per day. I stopped after 6 days because my pants were getting tighter. I gained an inch on my hips and thigh also in 6 days. Obviously 2000 per day was more than I needed... On high fat I had to keep it under 1800 to see any weight loss.

I only ate white and yellow fleshed potatoes, and the pale sweet potatoes. With salt, pepper, and or hot sauce. Nothing else for six days.

The people who are losing weight fast are eating like 1000-1400 calories per day it seems.

I think it's simply the deficit. Now, if I did it long term, like a month or more, I think there would be some weight loss even at a higher caloric intake, due to the very low protein and low fat, but I can't verify that by experience. And I have no desire to eat nothing but potatoes for a month - I'd rather do high carb low fat on fruit if I was going to..

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on December 02, 2012
at 09:27 PM

It is most definitely deficit, mono dieting will almost always create a deficit in calories, nothing surprising there, the durianrider crowd have been doing this for ages with their "banana island" etc. stuff. But that being said, I think that the potassium might help too, so many people (especially the LC and paleo crowd) are potassium depleted.

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