Oh, and so far, 20 Amazon reviews. All "5 star." I have been holding my own in the top 10 books for the massive "diet and weightloss" category. Rising to #5 over the weekend, but settling in at #10 lately. It changes hourly! To be #5 blew my mind. There are something like 10,000 books in this category! Is it the cool cover that my Aunt Ann made? Check out her latest pics.
The first couple reviews were from potato industry trade magazines, which was cool. I had hoped to attract potato growers and marketers. The first review I got was from The Potato Growers Magazine:
Book Touts Potatoes Health Benefits (see full review)
Author Tim Steele’s new book, The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified, focuses on potatoes as an article of health. Included in the book are simple ways to use potatoes to aid in weight loss and an extensive section on the benefits of resistant starch, of which potatoes are an excellent source.
The “potato hack” diet was modeled after an 1849 diet plan for people who were becoming overweight and “dyspeptic” from, simply put, living too luxuriously. This potato diet simply called for one to eat nothing but potatoes for a few days at a time, promising that fat men would become as “lean as they ought to be.” One hundred and sixty-seven years later, the population is more overweight and unhealthy than ever, but the potato diet still works.
The next major review was from elite trainer of personal trainers, Rusty Moore. His two-part series has done wonders for my reputation in the fitness industry, an audience I did not think I would attract. But, it turns out that personal trainers need "hacks," too, and the potato hack fits their needs.
The Potato Hack for Rapid Fat Loss, part 1
Here are my experiences so far with the potato hack.
I have only done two rounds of a 3-day potato hack (currently on round 3).
I lost 3 pounds on round #1 and 5 pounds on round #2.
I regained a little bit of weight after resuming with normal eating, but not as much as when I go low carb.
There seems to be less of a rebound effect with potatoes.
I’ve kept 6 of the 8 pounds off…and feel I will hit my goal weight in just a few weeks.
My face and mid section are noticeably leaner.
I really didn’t expect that to happen so quickly.
The Potato Hack for Rapid Fat Loss, part 2
Remember…this isn’t a long term diet, it’s just a way to quickly get lean without hunger or low energy.
I plan on using 3 days hacks whenever I feel I want to lean out a bit.
One last thought…
It makes sense to me to string together 3 days in a row versus alternating every other day during the week.
In my experience, the fat loss seems to accelerate on day 2 and day 3.
I’m not sure if that would happen if you alternated days.
Anyway…this is one of the easier ways I’ve seen to get lean in a hurry.
Give it a shot!
As if these reviews were not good enough, another review today from Christopher Walker, founder of TestShock.com & author of The TestShock Program ("helping guys increase their testosterone naturally"). Mr. Walker did an honest and critical review of The Potato Hack, at times making me think he hated it, but then also that he loved it. I feel humbled that the likes of Walker and Moore are even looking at my book, let alone critiquing the hell out of it!
Awesome and Attractive: The Truth About The Potato Hack?
The potato’s wide ranging abilities seem to have been finally identified by the mainstream fitness community with the recent release of “The Potato Hack“.This apparently unassuming book highlights an important trend in the fitness industry. Namely re-positioning old or forgotten nutritional protocols as something unique or differentiated.
On the surface, many authors purport to acknowledge the inauthentic nature of their recommendations. When I first read such an acknowledgement in the preamble to the potato hack, I was unimpressed.
The author goes on to discuss how the book he is marketing is “nothing new” as the diet first appeared in “an 1849 diet plan for people that were becoming fat and dyspeptic”.Alright, admissions out of the way, now that their is a disclaimer to cover the author he can go on to discuss the superpowers and such any potato hack follower will undoubtedly receive.
Surprisingly, what followed the short introduction was a very reasonable set of recommendations followed by the history of some of the issues discussed. There was also a very straight forward section discussing growing and harvesting the potato.
This is a really long review, I highly recommend anyone who is on the fence about whether or not the potato hack has substance, and also it's shortcomings, please read the full text. Christopher Walker's conclusion is:
While the potato hack is clearly no panacea, it was not designed to be. Nearly every author that syndicates the potato hack recognizes that it should be used as a 1-5 day reset for your digestive system.
While it may not be the best diet in the long run, it is pretty good at what it is designed for, short term weight loss and improvements in the gut microbiome. I don’t have a specific context you can use the potato hack in, but truthfully, you don’t need one.
I could not have said it better myself, and I feel quite pleased that this is how an elite personal trainer saw it. I was afraid that people would see this as "snake oil" or just plain bogus. I'm grinning from ear-to-ear!