I lost 7 pounds in the last two weeks and I’ve become a potato-eater. I’m eating all kinds of potatoes: sweet potatoes, white potatoes, red potatoes and yams. Even for breakfast I often have a sweet potato.  For lunch and dinner I’m also trying to have some kind of a potato. Contrary to most people’s belief, the potato isn’t fattening (a medium is about 147 calorie); it’s the oil and butter you put on it that’s fattening. Potatoes are absorbed into the bloodstream slowly and that gives us a sense of fullness. For me, I often feel full  for up to 4 or 5 hours after eating one.
These wonderful potatoes move into our bloodstream in a slow and even manner, and interestingly, this reduces the amount of insulin required to deal with the sugar in our bloodstream. And if we are doing increased physical activity, hopefully ½ to 1 hour a day, that also eliminates some of our body’s blood sugar, thus the need for more insulin. Less insulin in the blood stream results in a decreased appetite and better weight loss. Try a potato without any guilt.
By the way, I also gave up on bread and my occasional beer.


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