April 19, 2011

All On Sweet Potato Diet

Since I’ve posted the article on sweet potatoes many readers have been asking more information on the sweet potato diet of Glee’s star Matthew Morrison.
Let’s start by saying that there is no such thing as a sweet potato diet. What Matt Morrison did was to eat only sweet potatoes for three days before the photo shooting in order to get rid of all water weight, thus look super ripped in the pictures. Let’s not hide it, this guy is not an health rookie.
He follows a rigorous working out routine (even when he’s busy filming all day on the set he still finds at least 30 minutes to exercise core and abs) and sticks to a very strict eating regimen. According to the interview published in Details magazine he confessed that he avoids carbs and sugars as much as possible, never eat fruits after dark and so on.
You might have figured it out by now that the sweet potato diet was, for Matt Morrison, just the icing on the cake, that is to say the last trick in order to look as good as possible.

Sweet Potato

Having said that, you can certainly integrate sweet potatoes in your eating regimen as a way to reduce the total daily calorie intake. Why? Because they are an excellent source of nutrition with low caloric value. They are also very high in fiber hence, they will make you feel full pretty fast. Their low glycemic index makes them an healthy food for weight loss (remember that the glycemic index is a measure for carbohydrate rich foods that indicates the extent to which they raise blood glucose levels as compared to other foods and researches indicate that a low glycemic load helps to promote weight loss).
Also sweet potatoes help lowering your cholesterol levels thanks to their antioxidant effect.
Other foods that you can consider including in your diet together with sweet potatoes (if you exclude other carbs/starchy sources) are vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, spinach, salad greens, tomatoes, peppers, kale, cabbage and cucumbers in your diet.
Fruits will make also an essential part of your diet. You can include grapefruit, blueberries, watermelon, oranges, bananas, peaches and pineapple among others.
Some lean protein foods that you can consume include egg whites, lean ground turkey, salmon and white meat chicken.
If you’re into dairy I recommend fat free Greek yogurt (great source of protein and almost no lactose) and skim milk.
Including the above mentioned foods in your diet together with sweet potatoes may help you loose weight. All these foods will make for a wholesome and nourishing diet, without increasing your caloric intake.
Keep in mind that exercise is important to any weight loss plan, without which, dieting will be quite ineffective.
Sweet potatoes are a pretty amazing food but they cannot make magic, you’re the only one who can do it!


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8 comments:

  1. Very interesting post!!!!

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  2. That's why I love sweet potatoes so much!

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  3. And apparently you can use sweet potato greens like spinach. Waste not, want not!

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  4. it sucks that so many people were like YELLING at you because they were stupid enough to try it and FAIL

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  7. I recently read Rich Rolls "Finding Endurance" as I was interested to see how you could fuel an endurance event like an ultraman on plant based nutrition. He uses baked sweet potato to fuel him on the bike leg of his ultra-man events along with avocado and almond butter sandwiches.

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