Man Is Eating Nothing But Potatoes This Year — and Has Already Lost 22 Lbs.

02/02/2016 at 11:34 AM ET

Spud Fit

From taco cleanses to pizza-only weight loss plans to this man’s remarkable potato journey, 2016 is officially the year of wacky nutrition philosophies. (We’re still trying to wrap our minds around the fact that a Chick-Fil-A diet exists.)

Andrew Flinders Taylor likes potatoes, but that’s not the reason why he decided to eat only potatoes for all of 2016. On day 32 of what he’s calling his “Spud Fit” experiment, Taylor hopes to lose weight and tackle his food addiction by eating nothing but potatoes for 366 days. (344 left to go.)

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“I am doing a potato only diet challenge,” he said in his first video uploaded to YouTube. “The bulk, 99% of my calories will come from potatoes … and then I’ll just have seasoning and stuff on them. The last couple of years I’ve not been anywhere near as fit and active as I’d like to be. Today I weighed myself and as expected I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, which is 151.7 kg … So I’m not happy about that.”

A little over a month into his experiment, Taylor has lost 10 kg, which is roughly 22 lbs.

He’s been uploading his progress to YouTube and Facebook with videos and photos.

In his most recent video, Taylor opened up about how eating only potatoes has helped him stop binge eating.

“I’m starting to change the way I think about food and what I’m eating. I changed more from seeing food as a way of getting comfort or a way of getting pleasure or of just spending time … but these days it’s more just about some good quality fuel in the tank.”

Charlene Crosse, spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, told BuzzFeed that Taylor’s Spud Fit regime was not healthy or sustainable.

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“If you only ate potato it would be hard to get all your vitamins and minerals – they’re all essential,” she said. “The body needs 40 different nutrients, and there isn’t one food that will give you all that.”

While we wish Taylor luck on his journey, we hope he finds some way to get the nutrients he needs. Potatoes are pretty amazing, but they’re not magical. (Except when they’re in mashed potato form.)

— Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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Sandy on

Don’t get scurvy, pal!

PCC on

The guy is either an idiot, attention seeker or both. He’s eating a food that is basically starch with minimal nutrients. And where is he getting his protein from? This is going to backfire big on him because the ill effects will start hitting him soon.

Karen on

While he likely could develop other micronutrient deficiencies, scurvy is not likely to be one of them. Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C.

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Francine on

If you overload on any food exclusively you are eventually going to lose interest in eating.

JD on

And then he’s going to get so sick of potatoes that he’ll overindulge once he gets off this ridiculous diet that he’ll end up re-gaining all the weight, probably plus more.

Catherine on

I’m guessing he picked potatoes because there are so many different ways to prepare them, and they are cheap and easy to find. And I love potatoes, but I can’t imagine eating them and nothing else for a whole year or even just a week.

Guest on

People, you are irresponsible for publishing under your “Great Ideas” column. This is in no way a safe or good idea.

Heather on

I am medically on an insane diet. Why would you do this to yourself? I’m already having trouble making sure I get enough vitamins. I can’t have gluten, high fructose corn syrup, lactose, apples, honey, garlic, onion, and many, many other things by doctor’s order. Its horrible! Some days I crave regular food so bad, that I take my anti-nausea medications, and my anti-spasm medication so I can have a little fun.

nancy on

this is for white potatoes only. Full of good nutrients AND protein! NO sugar and NO fat!

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 77
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 6 mg 0%
Potassium 421 mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 17 g 5%
Dietary fiber 2.2 g 8%
Sugar 0.8 g
Protein 2 g 4%
Vitamin C 32%
Calcium 1% Iron 4%
Vitamin B-6 15%
Magnesium 5%

Marty on

Before the Famine, Irish peasants ate only potatoes (10 lbs a day for an adult) and had milk (about 1 cup a day). They might get a little meat on Sunday. They survived on it, but it was the main reason the potato crop failures hit so hard…they had nothing else to eat.

Cornwall3 on

Search Dr. McDougsll and you will see how healthy and sustainable potatoes are. Lots of ignorant responses to follow no doubt. Potatoes are healthy if you don’t add fat to them. I’m sure most of the uneducated responses are from meat eating overweight people.

Cornwall3 on

Typo should be Dr. Mcdougall.

susan on

Potatoes are fine, but not as the only source of nutrition. And yes, I’m familiar with Dr. McDougall, but even he doesn’t advocate for tubers only. If he was supplementing with ample greens and a little fat, that would make a ton of difference. I’d be surprised if he didn’t do serious damage to his heart, bones, and teeth by the end of 366 days. There’s not nearly enough calcium, iron, magnesium, or essential amino acids to be healthy.

Val on

I love spuds!!
Always good always affordable!!

JP on

Lots of ignorance in the comments. Scurvy? Potatoes have tons of Vitamin C. And PCC, potatoes have quite a few nutrients, including protein. You sound brainwashed by the low-carb/paleo crowd. Others have done this successfully, including a guy a few years ago (Google it) for 60 days. He lost significant weight, and every one of his health markers improved. Granted, one year is a long time, and no one-food diet is optimal. But it will be interesting to see the results.

Bark on

Do what the Martian did and shove supplements into the food.

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