Healthy living * Weight loss

Man ends 60 day potato-only diet

Man s 60 days potato-only diet comes to an end Loses 18 pounds, looks forward to variety

A US man claims to have lost 18 pounds in weight by eating nothing but potatoes for two months.

Chris Voigt, 45, decided to show the nutritional value of potatoes after the US Institute of Medicine recommended that the federal budget should not be used to buy potatoes for the Women, Infants and Children programme, which buys food for those in need.

Mr Voigt, who is executive director of the Washington State Potato Company, said potatoes are rich in potassium, fibre, vitamin C and protein, and have suffered from a bad press.

To maintain his weight, he estimated he needed around 2,200 calories a day. As each potato has around 110 calories, his daily diet consisted of 20 potatoes. He did not garnish the potatoes with butter, sour cream, cheese, baked beans, tuna or other toppings.

Instead, to add 'variety' to his diet, Mr Voigt ate potatoes cooked in every way possible; baked, boiled, steamed, chipped and mashed. His wife even shaped mashed potatoes to look like a turkey for Thanksgiving, and served pumpkin-flavoured potatoes instead of the traditional pie.

On his blog, Mr Voigt said that at the end of his diet his blood cholesterol level, which was borderline high at the start, had dropped by 67 points, and his blood sugar level had also fallen.

However, like all fad diets, even he found the potato-only diet difficult to stick with. In one post on his blog, Mr Voigt said: "Yesterday was tough. It was just one of those days where you really wonder what the heck you're doing.

"While I know I love potatoes, it was hard to keep eating them. I hung in there, but I was the star of my own little pity party yesterday."

This article was published on Tue 30 November 2010

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