Interview with Tim Steele, author of “The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified”

What inspires you to write?

My own weight loss struggles and health issues inspire me to help others through writing.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

I spend many hours each day researching scientific journals for clues related to health and fitness. There have recently been huge advances in nutritional science based on the bacteria that live within our bodies. I believe these tiny microbes hold the key to long-term health.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Everyone’s metabolism and health is very different, and there are very few one-size-fits-all approaches to weight loss. It’s these differences that motivate me to come up with unique ways for people to lose weight and get healthy.

Do you reply back to your fans and admirers personally?

Yes! I reply personally to every comment on Facebook or at my blog, www.vegetablepharm.com.

How are your relations with your family? Do you like to stay in touch?

Family is very important to me. I’ve been married 32 wonderful years to Jackie, and we have a great son, Jeremy. My Mom and Dad are healthy and doing great, the both love the Potato Hack and have lost significant weight with it.

Can you tell us about your current projects?

Currently I am attending graduate school, working on a Master’s degree in Biotechnology. I’m in my last semester, as soon as I’ve graduated I plan on writing more.

When can the readers expect your next book in print?

I have been preparing for writing a cookbook based on the principles of The Potato Hack. I hope to have in completed in 2017.

What’s your favorite movie which was based on a book?

The Martian, with Matt Damon, based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name. An explorer is forced to subsist entirely on potatoes after being stranded on Mars, this is based on actual science and technology…potatoes are the perfect life-sustaining food!

What weather inspires you the most, in terms of bringing out your literary best?

I live in North Pole, Alaska. We have 6 months of darkness and bone-chilling cold. I love to spend the long winter nights researching and writing beside a hot wood fire.

Do you mentor?

I have a blog, Vegetable Pharm, where my readers and I discuss all issues of health and focus on eating real food. I believe that most modern ailments can be prevented by eating a diet rich in plants.

How active are you on social media? And how do you think it affects the way you write?

I’m not terribly active on social media. I’ve never Tweeted, but I do have a Facebook page that I update frequently: https://www.facebook.com/potatohack/

What exactly is the “Potato Hack?”

The “Potato Hack” is a short-term dietary intervention of eating only potatoes for a couple days. As noted in the 1800’s, this procedure results in rapid weight loss and improvements in bad digestion.

Have you tried it yourself?

Yes! Many times. The first time I tried a potato-only diet, I lost 15 pounds in two weeks. Now I use it to keep my weight wherever I like. It only takes 3-5 days of potato-eating per year to keep your weight in check.

How does the Potato Hack work, exactly?

Potatoes contain many nutrients and fibers that make it a perfect weight loss food. It’s highly anti-inflammatory and possibly the most satiating food on the planet. It’s fibers and resistant starches create a perfect blend of food for the microbes that live inside us. When these microbes are well-fed and healthy, we are at our peak.

What is “resistant starch?”

Resistant starch was discovered 30-some years ago. It’s a type of starch that is not digested by humans, and provides food for the trillions of healthy bacteria living inside our intestines. Resistant starch is much like fiber, but more specifically feeds only beneficial bacteria, the “probiotic” type.

How much fiber do we need daily?

Everyone should strive to eat high fiber foods with each meal. Things like onions, garlic, leeks, fruit, rice, beans, and potatoes. Simply cooling starchy foods creates more resistant starch and makes them higher in fiber, but you’ll have to read the book to learn all about this!

Is exercise important in weight loss?

Exercise is important for long-term health and weight maintenance. Often intense exercise can be counter-productive when first trying to lose weight. It’s better to learn to eat right first, and then slowly add in exercise.

What’s your favorite way to eat potatoes?

My favorite potato meal is oven-baked French fires. You can make very good fries using no oil at all. The Potato Hack relies on eating plainly cooked potatoes with absolutely no oils used in cooking.

How much weight can one expect to lose?

The average person loses ½ to 1 pound per day when eating only potatoes. I recommend doing this in 3-5 day increments, separated by normal eating, for as long as it takes to lose the weight you desire. Many people have lost 20, 50, 100 pounds doing this. But if you just want to lose 2 or 3 pounds, it’s even more effective.

Parting thoughts?

Dieters know that it’s tough to lose more than a pound or two in a week. Long term dieting success is dismal, with most people regaining the weight they lost in a couple months. The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified gives you a stupendously easy tool to lose weight and to keep it off. Many find that after they start eating better food choices, including potatoes, they never need to worry about their weight again. This is not a “fad diet.” The potato hack is a time-tested method for sustaining life an perfect health. If you are overweight or have terrible digestive issues, give the potato hack a try.

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