3. He’s been filming updates on his project via YouTube and Facebook, uploading videos and photos showing his progress.
“The bulk, 99% of my calories will come from potatoes … and then I’ll just have seasoning and stuff on them,” he says in his first video.
“The last couple of years I’ve not been anywhere near as fit and active as I’d like to be. Today I weighed myself and as expected I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, which is 151.7kg… So I’m not happy about that.”
5. Taylor cooks his spuds in a variety of ways. “I don’t have any oil,” he said. “I use minimal amounts of herbs and spices. The point is not to make interesting food, it’s to make uninteresting food so I don’t have to think about it.”
Taylor does switch things up with the way he prepares his potatoes, though, like this potato pancake. It’s basically just whizzed-up potatoes with flour.
6. So far, Taylor has lost 10kg. But he’s also quick to remind the public Spud Fit is “just a project.”
“It’s just to try and improve my own relationship with food,” he said. “It’s not me trying to push a fad diet. I’m not being paid. I’m not selling anything. It’s as simple as improving my diet.”
7. Joseph Proietto, professor of medicine at Melbourne University, told BuzzFeed News that Taylor’s Spud Fit program was “a very unhealthy thing to do”.
“You have probably heard the term ‘a balanced diet,’” said Proietto. “What that means is you need a little of this and a little of that because we have a range of vitamins and minerals found in different concentrations in different foods.
“The problem with eating any single food is that you’re gonna definitely miss out on a whole lot of vitamins that are required.”
8. Proietto said Taylor’s weight loss was probably down to genetics.
“Weight is a very strongly genetic thing,” Proietto said. “We have demonstrated that following weight loss, the person becomes increasingly hungry due to a biological mechanism. We have hormones that control hunger, and the levels of these hormones vary after weight loss.”
Although Taylor says he has more energy after one month of eating nothing but potatoes, Proietto said this was probably because he hasn’t become deficient in vital vitamins and minerals just yet.
Proietto said: “It would probably [start to go wrong] after three to four months. It’s hard to say.”
9. Charlene Crosse, spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, had a similar take on the Spud Fit regime.
“If you only ate potato it would be hard to get all your vitamins and minerals – they’re all essential,” she said. “The body needs 40 different nutrients, and there isn’t one food that will give you all that.
“He’s getting carbohydrates from the potato, what our bodies use as energy, but he’s not getting protein. So, y’know, your body at some point isn’t going to cope with not getting the balance.
“At the end of the day, what enjoyment is there in only eating potato each day?”