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- Jan 31, 2013
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Mr Taylor confessed at the beginning of the year he had an addiction to food.
He would spend his days drinking soft drink and eating deep-fried food, ice cream, cake, chocolate and a lot of pizza.
“I had a realisation I was a food addict and it got me thinking about how if you’re an alcoholic you quit alcohol, or a drug addict you quit drugs,” he said.
“You can’t quit food, but I wanted to get as close as possible and wondered if there was one particular food I could eat and potatoes came up best.
“You literally get everything you need from potatoes. Everybody knows they’ve got lots of carbs but they have enough protein and fat and potatoes are really good for fibre, vitamin C and iron.”
Mr Taylor, who has posted his year-long journey on social media, said the first two weeks of his potato diet were torture, but after the fortnight his food cravings stopped.
He eats about three to four kilograms of potatoes each day, and does not allow himself to become hungry and turn to other foods.
He’s also managed to keep his social life, and takes his own potatoes to friends’ dinner parties.
He will also call up restaurants he’s going to in advance to make sure they can cook up some potatoes for him.
He even managed to stick to his potato diet during a trip to Los Angeles.
“Across the road from the hotel I stayed in was a restaurant that baked potatoes so every morning I went across the road and picked up heaps of them,” he said.
“I only realised it was there after a day or two so before that I was going to the supermarket and asked my hotel to put a microwave in my room,” he said.
Mr Taylor eats potatoes in every way, from boiled to mashed to baked. He even created potato pancakes.
Amazing!My health just continues to improve. I had high cholesterol but now it’s low, my blood pressure has dropped and my sugar level has dropped,” he said.
“Every time I get a new blood test, it just gets better.”
“My outlook on life was really bleak before I started so it was just really important to get through this challenge and change my outlook on life. I was going down a steep slope before the year started and this was about a lot more than losing weight for me. It was about me not being at all happy with the direction I was going in and where my life was headed. I’m really glad I stuck to my guns and did it. I’ve never stuck to anything in my life,” he said.
“I’m a much happier, more positive person. I have a lot more energy and am more creative.”
Dietitians have previously criticised Mr Taylor’s potato diet, saying he would miss out on a range of vitamins and minerals.
But Mr Taylor slams any disparagement about his year on potatoes.
“One thing that always comes up is people think what I’ve done is really extreme. I’d like to point out weighing 151.7kg is pretty extreme. Being overweight, sick and depressed, that’s an extreme situation to be in and I think desperate times call for desperate measures,” he said.
“If you want extreme results, you have to do extreme things. Yes it’s extreme but what’s wrong with that?”