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The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified Paperback – February 28, 2016
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"The general perception is that potatoes are meant to make you fat.That's why there are chances that people might not accept or believe on the concept of this book, because it is difficult for people to digest the idea that one could lose weight just by eating potatoes. However,for readers who like to experiment unconventional genres, this book is a must read!Tim Steele has done thorough research in investigating the advantages of potatoes on human health. Therefore, the book will be a great learning experience for people who really want to shed those excess pounds and get in shape just in a couple of days."
-- Serious Reading book review, 1 August 2016
"The Potato Hack is written with great humour, and considering it's a whole book about essentially just eating potatoes you'll be surprised how entertaining it is and how much you will learn. I am a bit of a geek when it comes to nutrition so this book was right up my street!"
-- Chloe Archard, Paleo-Britain health Blog, 19 May 2016
"My face and mid section are noticeably leaner. I really didn't expect that to happen so quickly."
-- Rusty Moore from his Visual Impact Fitness blog, April 2016. Rusty Moore is the owner of Visual Impact Fitness where hecoaches runway models, bodybuilders, and personal trainers.
"...it is pretty good at what itis designed for, short term weight loss and improvements in the gutmicrobiome. I don't have a specific context you can use the potato hackin, but truthfully, you don't need one."
-- Christopher Walker from his TestShock blog, April 2016. Christopher Walker is the founder of TestShock. A programdesigned to be the most comprehensive resource on the web for naturaltestosterone enhancement information.
"Modern science shows that simple diets high in fiber create an intestinal microbiome that is highly diverse and stable. This diversity and stability is lacking in most people and leads to digestive complaints like gastroesophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowths."
-- The Potato Grower's Magazine, 28 March 2016
"He lays out the painstakingly detailed science behind the magic contained in one of our most common staples, the potato, and the biological impact resistant starch can have on the body. Definitely worth the read to get the most comprehensive rundown on the topic."
-- Mark Sisson, author of The PrimalBlueprint and publisher of MarksDailyApple.com
"Sometimes the simplest approach is the best one. The Potato Hack isn't fancy, complicated, or expensive, but it's a powerful tool for weight loss."
-- Chris Kresser, Author of New YorkTimes best seller The Paleo Cure. Creator of top-ranked natural health website ChrisKresser.com. Co-director and President of California Center for Functional Medicine
"The Potato Hack has revived the forgotten knowledge that a few days of potato-only meals might just be the ticket to resetting a sticky metabolism, losing weight, and restoring a healthy gut biome.
-- Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof and author of New York Times bestseller The Bulletproof Diet.
"I would be hard pressed to find a better single food for a short-term period of calorie restriction, which is sometimes called a 'fast' nowadays and is showing promise for weight loss and improving health markers."
-- Angelo Coppola, host and producer of the Latest in Paleo Podcast and The Plant Paleo Diet, PlantPaleo.com
"...contrary to all sorts of 'dire warnings' from those who strictly advocate low-carb diets, most who tried it found lots of success. It lived up to the hype.
-- Richard Nikoley, author,entrepreneur, blogger, host of FreeTheAnimal.com
From the Author
"Dieters know that it's tough to lose more than a pound or two in a week. Long term dieting success is dismal, with most people regaining the weight they lost in a couple months. The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified gives you a stupendously easy tool to lose weight and to keep it off. Many find that after they start eating better food choices,including potatoes, they never need to worry about their weight again.This is not a "fad diet." The potato hack is a time-tested method for sustaining life an perfect health. If you are overweight or have terrible digestive issues, give the potato hack a try."
-- Tim Steele, author
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I've done all kinds of counselling/therapy, read just about every book there is, meds with nasty side effects, and nothing..nothing.. comes close to this. Anyone who has endured a true binge eating disorder will know the misery of this horrible affliction. The hack does something...I don't know what...but it re-sets my hungry brain, maybe it signals that I'm in a fed state, or satiety hormones or maybe I feel full and satisfied without that bloated yukky feeling that triggers BED. Who knows, all I know is it works for me. I start each week with a 3 day hack and then am able to spend the rest of the week eating like a normal human should, no thoughts of binging and craving only healthy meat and veggies. It is different to every mono diet hack out there. Who would have thought POTATOES would have this effect; it's crazy beyond belief.
Thank you so much Tim; I'm so grateful to you, you have no idea how much. Please anyone out there with any binge eating issues maybe consider this hack. It goes well beyond the weight loss; in fact for me the weight loss is icing on the cake (or butter on the potato) it's the regulation of brain/head/hedonistic hunger that is it's true worth. Please, if you suffer from BED or have a loved one battling it, perhaps give this a try, nothing to lose.
I bought 3 bags of organic potatoes, five lbs. each. I figured I was going to need the "max" allowable. I baked two of the bags and boiled the third. Each of the three days I had more potatoes "left over" than the previous day. I ended up going four days, as I had fallen that far behind in my potato eating. This is pretty much where I settled. Three bags goes four days.
The day after my first hack, I had gone four days on plain potatoes. I went "old school" and took the most restrictive variation of the program. (Also where I settled.) No salt, pepper, lemon juice...just 100% plain potato. So I was really looking forward to breakfast the next day with the family at their favorite greasy taco joint. I ordered three avocado tacos and a pancake. I was a little over full. Later that same day we had lunch at a Greek place and I ordered the falafel wrap and a salad. I ate about half of it and asked for a box. My wife remarked "That thing you are doing must be working!" She was right of course, I never ask for a box, unless I am greedily taking somebody else's leftovers, because I never have anything left over. I used to eat the garnish, and even the cloth napkin was looking nervous.
My wife's observation had me looking at how I ate for the next three days with a critical eye. I was eating to "satisfied" and finding satisfied well before "painfully gorged" which was something I had never experienced in my life. A switch had been flipped.
I don't know how it works, but I have a theory. People like me are junkies with food because we don't get the "reward" signal as fast as normal people. Our brains haven't told us we are done yet. In fact, they are telling us we MUST keep going. Whatever scoreboard keeps track of "satisfaction points" isn't counting everything, or counts it slowly.
Plain potatoes are bland. They serve the purpose, but the reward isn't there at all. Without those points racking up in the brain, you just stop. And the next time you stop a little sooner. Then you settle at the right place. That scoreboard is getting recalibrated! For me that took the initial four days of my first hack cycle. Now when I went back to regular eating, the reward-feedback-satisfaction loop had been lowered. I stopped getting the "you must keep going" impulse much sooner than I normally would. I was NOT at a normal level. I was still putting away more calories than a healthy human being, but that first cycle dropped my impulse to eat significantly enough that other people were noticing. After four cycles of four days each, I was eating like a normal human being instead of a rescue dog.
Now I know Tim has variations. I know Tim allows salt. But the focus of Tim's book is weight loss. It is my firm belief that doing the restrictive version of this program, lowering and simplifying the taste as much as possible, is what you want to do if your goal is recovering from food addiction. I also got much better results when I limited the richness of the foods I ate on my non-hack days. You will be surprised how great some steamed broccoli tastes after four days of plain boiled potatoes. And that great taste you are now registering from healthy food starts racking up the points in that scoreboard keeping track of how close to "satisfied" you are.
The Potato Hack is a culmination of his work and is hands down the most fascinating "diet" book I have ever read. And I have read and tried more than I can probably count. I have dealt with obesity for most of my childhood and adult life - as I commonly tell people that I have 25 years of experience with diet and weight loss - 10 years of success and 15 years of utter failure. So what has worked for me is to never follow any specific diet religiously - I have learned what works and what does not work for me from each and every diet I have tried. The Potato Hack, however, is not a diet - it is a very powerful tool that can and will provide immense benefits to anyone struggling with obesity or GI issues. But this book has so much more - besides the how to for the hack you get variations and a wealth of scientific information to back up Tim's work. And even more information on resistant starch, gut health and bacteria.
Like many people I was on the paleo/primal "carbs are BAD!" bandwagon and at one point stopped eating grains and starches completely. And in the process, I destroyed my gut health unknowingly. I only wish I had listened to Tim a little sooner because while going low carb may help people lose weight initially - the long term effects can be dangerous for some people. Our ancestors certainly ate meat, but they also ate starches and tubers...so not having these foods in our diets doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
I just finished my first 3 day Potato Hack and lost a total of 7 pounds and one inch off my waist. Simply amazing. And more importantly, my morning fasting glucose levels have dropped a good 10-15 points to around 75. Since there are diabetics on both sides of my family I have often thought of myself as a pre-diabetic as certain foods really spike my blood sugar...however as Tim discusses in the book - adding healthy starches back to your diet can help cure this. Potatoes are not bags of sugar or empty calories - they are powerhouses of healing nutrients that can and will get your body working at its best. And as an added bonus, they are cheap and easy to obtain.
But don't just take my word for it. Give the Potato Hack a try...you have nothing to lose except a few pounds of body fat!