The potato diet could help you lose nearly a stone in just a week – but how does it work and is it safe?
Losing weight seems to be something we can always count on to be on most people’s New Year’s resolutions, but how they go about achieving results can really vary.
While some prefer to stick to counting calories, more exercise or simply eating a bit healthier following the indulging Christmas period, others give quirky diets a try – like the potato diet.
What is the potato diet?
As the name suggests, the potato diet involves eating nothing but – you guessed it – potatoes.
It’s considered a crash diet, as it’s not a balanced diet and does not supply you with a wide range of nutrients and vitamins, but case studies suggest it can bring results in a short amount of time.
Potato diet plan: how do you follow the potato diet?
The rules are simple. You can freely use herbs, spices and oils to season them and they can be boiled, baked or mashed – as long as they’re not chips.
The amount of potatoes you should be eating everyday is two to five pounds.
Sweet potatoes or yams are not included in your potato allowance.
Another don’t is heavy exercise, so you’ll have to forgo gym visits if you decide to give the potato diet a go.
Potato diet results
While not recommended by experts for a long period of time, the diet seems to work during a short period of time.
On Channel 4’s How to Lose Weight Well, a woman named Caroline managed to lose 12lb over the course of the seven days on the potato diet, while her friend Charmaine lost just 4lb doing the cabbage soup diet.
Speaking about the plan before she saw the results, Caroline confessed: ‘I’m literally sick and tired of potatoes.’
But when she saw the weight she’d lost, she said: ‘I can’t believe the potatoes!’; while her friend added: ‘I did lose 4lb which is good for one week.
‘I would rather have just had potatoes for one week if I was going to lose 12lb.’
While you may be tempted to give the diet a try, beware experts advise crash diets are not recommended for longer than seven days in a row.
Host Dr Xand van Tulleken said: ‘Do remember that, although popular, crash dieting is frowned upon by many health professionals for being unbalanced and losing a lot of weight quickly can be dangerous and might not offer long-lasting results.’
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