Is ‘quitting food’ the key to losing over 110 pounds (50kgs) in eight months, beating clinical depression and anxiety and discovering the best mental and physical health of your life? For Andrew ‘Spud Fit’ Taylor, the Aussie father who embarked on a potato-only diet for the entirety of 2016, this has certainly been the case. In this Spud Fit Challenge DIY guide, featuring twelve super simple (and cheap!) recipes and a variety of mindfulness techniques to help you reset your body and mind, he shows you the how’s, what’s and why’s of his unusual regime – the tale of which went viral and captivated people across the globe.
It’s a scenario that will be depressingly familiar to all ‘experienced dieters’: towards the end of 2015, the former elite junior kayaker found himself more than 120 pounds (55kgs) overweight and feeling helpless, frustrated and in despair after yet another failed attempt at losing weight. With a lifetime of fad diets that only ever aimed to treat symptoms behind him, and armed only with the advice of ‘the experts’ whose discussion always began and ended with the message ‘simply’ to practise moderation, he had reached an impasse.
Why couldn’t he do moderation, like ‘normal’ people seemed to be able to? Sitting on the couch that day having reached his lowest point and not knowing the way out of the black hole that was swallowing his ability to enjoy life, he had that lightbulb moment: he was addicted to food. His mind raced – no other addict would ever be told to practise moderation, they would be told to quit their vice entirely. In that moment he realised that quitting food – or coming as close to it as possible – was the answer. Weeks of research told him that the humble potato, the food that has allowed vast populations to not only survive but to thrive over generations, was the perfect vehicle for his experiment: The Spud Fit Challenge was born!
Good health is way more simple than we’ve been led to believe. There is a food that you can eat in abundance and that food provides you with all the nutrition your body needs to thrive for a long time. A good diet should not involve obsessing over every detail about what you put in your mouth – this does nothing to treat the underlying cause of your troubled relationship with food. This is the Spud Fit Challenge in a nutshell: let simplicity set you free. This guide will provide you with both the mental techniques that have helped Andrew to power through cravings without looking back as well as some ‘Spud Fit approved’ recipes to pique your interest – everything you need to successfully complete your own Spud Fit Challenge.
Formerly clinically depressed, anxious and morbidly obese, in his darkest moment Andrew discovered The Spud Fit Academy as a way to help change his relationship with food by dealing with the root cause of his problem – food addiction. This helped him to overcome his depression and anxiety, on top of losing a massive 55kg (121lbs) in just one year.
Andrew Taylor is:
– A ground-breaking health advocate
– A secondary school teacher of 15 years (physical education/health and at-risk youth specialist)
– The holder of a bachelor degree in Applied Science (Human Movement)
– Starch Solution Certificate certified
– An international public speaker
– Someone who thought outside the square to save himself when the experts couldn’t help
Andrew has successfully transitioned from a depressed, morbidly obese man with no hope to someone who has broken free from the shackles of food addiction, lost 55kg (121lbs) in the space of a year and changed his relationship with food to ensure he never goes back.
Other programs focus solely on losing weight and getting fit – making the numbers move – without ever dealing with the reasons for those numbers getting out of control in the first place. They deal with symptoms without ever addressing the root cause of the problem. Andrew designed the Spud Fit Challenge specifically to deal with his underlying issues with food addiction. He has taken the focus away from the number on the scales and placed it squarely on our behaviour. When we get our psychology and behaviour right, the numbers take care of themselves. When you fix a symptom without fixing the cause, the weight will always come back. The Spud Fit Challenge is all about fixing the cause. Andrew wrote the DIY Spud Fit Challenge in response the many thousands of people who asked for more information and specific help that would allow them to try the Spud Fit Challenge for themselves.
With the The Spud Fit Challenge, the journey continues long past your initial program. To create lasting health and vitality we need to develop real lasting habits. That is how Andrew has been able to maintain his changed relationship with food. The key is in developing the lasting habits.
We need to develop the knowledge, tools and techniques that, when used consistently, create the optimum internal environment for success.
In the The DIY Spud Fit Challenge, Andrew teaches you how to implement these tools and techniques. So no matter where you’re at – whether you constantly yo-yo and want to stop that negative cycle, if you’re tired of thinking about the state of your health and how to improve it, if you’ve had enough of the constant internal dialogue about what, when and how much to eat, if it’s time for you to stop burying your emotions under food – then The DIY Spud Fit Challenge is definitely the best decision you can make right now to take control of your relationship with food!