,Tweet Facebook Mail A Melbourne man who embarked on a year-long ‘potato only’ diet in January says neither his resolutions nor his health have suffered for it.Not only has Andrew Flinders Taylor’s doctor given him a clean bill of health a hundred days after adopting the diet, the teacher and father-of-one claims he has also lost an impressive 32.1kg.Mr Taylor, 36, said that since undertaking the diet, he has also suffered fewer bouts of clinical depression.He has attributed the effects partially to his diet and to the fact he now exercises six days a week.However health experts warn he is putting himself at risk of long-term damage.Mr Taylor has posted video of his doctor, Dr Malcolm Mackay, purportedly delivering the results of a recent blood test on April 8.Melbourne man Andrew Flinder Taylor shows the drastic effects his diet has had on his body. (Facebook/Spud Fit)Dr Mackay reports that Mr Taylor’s blood cholesterol has dropped from 4.3 mmol/l – his reading when tested on January 6, five days into the diet – to just 2.9 mmol/l.RelatedRush to publish COVID-19 research saw errors in top medical journals triple, study findsNew health alert in South Australia after positive COVID-19 case breached quarantineTwo new coronavirus cases reported in South AustraliaHealth authorities classify cholesterol levels below 5.5 mmol/l as within the healthy range, unless there are other risk factors present, such as high blood pressure or *** oking.Dr Mackay says Mr Taylor is “doing better” than the doctor’s other patients on “cholesterol-lowering drugs”.“The uric acid level is slightly elevated and I wouldn’t worry about that, that’s commonly observed in people who are rapidly losing weight,” Dr Mackay can be heard saying.“Generally speaking there’s nothing I’d be concerned about.”While Mr Taylor’s doctor did not prescribe or recommend the diet, he has agreed to help supervise and monitor Mr Taylor’s health throughout the process.Andrew Flinders Taylor Taylor and his food of choice. (Facebook/Spud Fit)Health expert Dr Joanna McMillan has expressed concern about the inadequacy of blood tests to measure the full effects of Mr Taylor’s diet on his health.“Doctors usually check cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose control,” she told 9news.com.au.“Simple GP asses *** ent won’t give us a window into what’s happening in his body, [Mr Taylor would] need far more significant and comprehensive tests [for that].“The doctor will not have looked at every single nutrient in the body… measured omega-3, zinc or, whether calcium has been stripped from his bones.“That won’t show up in a hundred days… It takes a long time for something like an iron deficiency to show up but that certainly will happen eventually.”Dr McMillan said that while in the short term Mr Taylor’s weight loss may show measureable improvements to his health, potatoes and sweet potatoes alone cannot satisfy his body’s nutritional requirements.Mr Taylor. (Facebook/Spud Fit)“He is missing out on certain things – fat-soluble nutrients are one,” she said.“While sweet potato contains beta-carotene, [Mr Taylor won’t be] absorbing or using that at all because he’s consuming so little fat, which is required to absorb that beta-carotene.”“If you have a varied and broad diet then you have much more chance of getting the nutrients you require.”Mr Taylor has defended his diet on the basis that he believes his daily intake of 2.5kg of white potatoes and 1.5 sweet potatoes meets his nutritional needs.The Elwood resident embarked on his 366-day “potato only” diet on January 1 in the hopes of improving his “relationship” with food.He said he was inspired to try the diet after struggling with controlling his food intake.“When you’ve got an addiction, let’s say a drug addiction or an alcohol addiction, the best thing you can do is stop taking drugs or stop taking alcohol,” he said in his first video, posted on day one.“Unfortunately you can’t do that with food, you gotta eat. So I thought what else can I do? Perhaps I can choose one kind of food and just stick with it.“So I decided on the potato.”Mr Taylor said a lot of health experts stress moderation, however he feels “moderation is not going to do it for me…at least for the time being”.While Dr McMillan said she understands Mr Taylor’s reasons for going on the diet, she said the situation appears to be a case of “disordered eating”.“To me having a good relationship to food and to your body is the key to-long term success,” she said.“Food should be an immensely pleasurable part of life.“I fear for this gentleman, not just in terms of the nutritional effects but the psychological effects of not being able to trust himself with food.”Mr Taylor’s story made headlines worldwide after he opened up to 9news.com.au about his diet in early February.He has insisted he adopted the diet just for himself and that he is “not keen to push a fad diet or that everyone should eat this way”.“It’s just an experiment I’m doing for myself and sharing it with the world,” he said.Mr Taylor said he was surprised by the fact his story drew so much attention.“It really seems like a boring thing to me,” he confessed.“I guess anything weight loss related tends to get a lot of attention. It’s certainly not why I’m doing it.”Mr Taylor stressed that anyone else considering adopting the potato only diet first undertake research and seek medical supervision.
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