|Andrew Flinders with potatoes and beer|
A man in Australia, said that he lost a lot of weight and feels great after being on a potato only diet for a year.
36-year-old Andrew Flinders Taylor of Melbourne, was overweight and suffered from elevated cholesterol levels before going on the potato only diet.
After a year of eating only white potatoes and sweet potatoes, Taylor lost a shocking 70 pounds, and his cholesterol level plummeted.
Taylor admitted that it wasn't only the potatoes that contributed to his weight loss as he did exercise six days a week.
Taylor was under the supervision of Dr. Malcolm Mackay.
Mackay reported that Taylor’s cholesterol has fallen more than patients who are on medication.
However, the doctor was concerned about the level of uric acid, but stressed that the level is elevated in all people who lose weight rapidly.
Health expert Dr. Joanna McMillan expressed concern about the insufficient blood tests that were made to measure the effects of Taylor’s diet.
Doctors usually check cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose, but they do not look at all the nutrients in the body such as omega-3, zinc and calcium.
McMillan believes that eating only potatoes will have a negative impact on the level of vitamins in the body.
McMillan said that while the short term weight loss shows measurable improvements in health, potatoes and sweet potatoes alone cannot meet the nutritional needs of the human body.