Will over 25% of participants in the SMTM potato study who start with a BMI > 30 lose more that 20lbs over 4 weeks?
On the 29th of April 2022, Slime Mold Time Mold (SMTM) announced a study to investigate the effects of a potato only diet, where volunteers eat nothing but potatoes (and a small amount of oil and seasoning). Anecdotal evidence suggests that the all potato diet can cause huge amounts of easy, sustainable weight loss. This study aims to test these claims more rigorously. This study will be conducted online. SMTM write "the only prerequisite for signing up is being willing to eat nothing but potatoes for at least four weeks, and being willing to share your weight data with us." Participants will weigh themselves and enter this data into a spreadsheet. When enough data has been collected, SMTM will publish the results. This question will resolve according to the first analysis SMTM publish on their blog. May 10, 4:05pm: Full details of the study can be found here: https://slimemoldtimemold.com/2022/04/29/potato-diet-community-trial-sign-up-now-lol/ May 10, 6:01pm: Clarifications: (1) This question will resolve according to the percentage of the participants who lose 20lbs having COMPLETED 4 weeks of the diet. (2) The population in question will be the first 150 participants who ATTEMPT the diet.
@Lucent participating in the study is enough of a hassle that I wouldn't worry too much about this -- you have to fill out the form and manually punch in your weight every day for a month. Imo no one's going to bother faking all that for a play money PM
Prob should add that I recently gained about 10 pounds (gained some weight when I had omicron) and was expecting that to come off naturally anyway, so that's a confounding factor in my case. But SMTM says that a lot of people are reporting weight loss of about a pound per day, so idk. I'm not sure if most people are doing the "strict" version of the diet, or the looser Chris Voigt version tho
Idk, if you read Chris Voigt's account, it seems like he pretty much was eating whatever he wanted as long as it was made mostly from potatoes -- like he talks about going out and getting fries at a restaurant, about the weird potato-based dishes and "ice cream" his wife made him from potatoes, etc. I think the way SMTM wrote it, you're supposed to mostly eat roasted/boiled/mashed potatoes, but I've been eating a bunch of potato chips and fries too and I still seem to be dropping a pound per day or so.
Yeah, it's kinda nuts because I'm eating ad lib, stuffing my face with potatoes, potato chips, fries, loaded with hot sauce, ketchup, spices, etc. I had 2x large fries from five guys last night for dinner, and woke up this morning a pound lighter. Kinda mind blowing tbh lol
So anyone from the Manifold community want to sign up LOL? I think the majority will lose some weight, partly because they will have less of an appetite and cut out bad snacking habits when all they can eat is potatoes. But I'm not convinced it is healthy nor do I think it will be 20lbs in 4 weeks. It reminds me of this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFGH0hBVaU0