Many people kick off the New Year with a well-intentioned diet that only lasts a couple of weeks. Andrew Taylor of Melbourne, Australia has started 2016 with an unusually rigorous food plan that he is intent on seeing through the entire year, and so far he's successfully managed it. According to BuzzFeed, Taylor's diet consists of potatoes.
As he says in a video discussing his new diet, 99 percent of his food will be potatoes this year. The only add-ins are a limited number of spices, herbs, calcium-enriched plant milk, and sauces. No oils are allowed.
"I think of myself as a bit of a food addict," he said in the video. "I'll be as close to going cold turkey off food as I can while still eating nutritious healthy food and not having to think about it and making decisions." After researching foods, Taylor, who is documenting his journey on his Facebook page Spud Fit, settled on all types of potatoes for his new diet.
Taylor began the challenge at his heaviest weight, and after a month lost 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds. Day to day, Taylor estimates he consumes between 3-4 kilograms of spuds, which is roughly 6.6-8.8 pounds. He's spending only a few dollars to eat every day.
While Taylor says he feels more energetic and he's been supplementing his diet with B-12 pills, professionals are not impressed.
“You have probably heard the term ‘a balanced diet,’” Melbourne University professor and obesity specialist Joseph Proietto told BuzzFeed. Proietto noted that Taylor's vitamins levels likely haven't had enough time to deplete, so at this point he is still able to feel healthy. Nutritionist Joanna McMillan told 9 News that Taylor will "fall short on iron, zinc, calcium, iodine, omega-3 fats, antioxidants and several vitamins," in addition to not getting enough fat or protein.
Proietto expects that around the three or four month mark, Taylor will start to feel the negative ramifications of his diet. Though one would think that even before then, Taylor's taste buds would be crying out in pain.