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Potatoes, "New" Potatoes, and Complex Carbs


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Hi,

Lost approx. 70 lbs, have 12 or so left to go.

But, I think potatoes might be keeping me at a plateau.

For the most part, I eat only complex carbs -- whole wheat bread, oats, chickpea flour, powder drinks, etc. When it comes to potatoes, I keep getting contradictory information.. some call them "complex carbs," others "simple carbs" - well, which one is it? And, are potatoes, by themselves, a poor food for weight loss? (I know they are healthy, but that's not the same thing as being good for weight loss.)

If they are bad for weight loss, "new" potatoes measure up to standard potatoes in this regard? (By "new," I mean immature potatoes, which have less starch.)

Thanks.

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I certainly can't answer the question about whether they are complex or simple carbs, but there was an interesting article some months ago in Prevention magazine that said that potatoes (and some other carbs) contain something called resistant starch, which supposedly assists in burning fat, because the starch itself resists digestion.  The trick is in eating them cold - i.e. cook first, then don't reheat.  Here's a link to that article: link 

So I don't think potatoes would be the specific culprit for a plateau, nor are they bad for weight loss in and of themselves.

Potatoes are awesome! I have no idea how they got such a bad reputation. Probable aftermath of the whole Atkins thing. As with everything the key is how you cook them and eat them. For example deep frying them not so healthy, or putting tons of cheese, sour cream, butter, and bacon on them no so healthy.

Thanks!!! Great Article! Laughing

As somone that follows a diet with mostly Low GI carbohydrates I usually opt for the less floury/starchy type of potatoes i.e the 'new' or waxy textured sort as they have a lower GI.  Having said that, I don't think serving a few new vs a few old potatoes from time to time would really hamper weight-loss.... that's down to the total picture of what you eat and how active you are.

The more usual reasons for not losing weight are.... a) eating more than you think and b) the body getting used to maintaining your weight on fewer calories and c) having reached a healthy BMI.

Original Post by meganr:

I certainly can't answer the question about whether they are complex or simple carbs, but there was an interesting article some months ago in Prevention magazine that said that potatoes (and some other carbs) contain something called resistant starch, which supposedly assists in burning fat, because the starch itself resists digestion.  The trick is in eating them cold - i.e. cook first, then don't reheat.  Here's a link to that article: link 

So I don't think potatoes would be the specific culprit for a plateau, nor are they bad for weight loss in and of themselves.

 Thanks.  When I was first reading your post, I thought you had lost it.  I didn't see how the temp would affect anything.  But after reading the article, I have to admit it makes sense.  Worth a try at least.  And I love any excuse to eat a potato!  :D

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