Potato diet: How it works and how it should help you lose weight?
Until now, potatoes were not exactly considered a diet food. Also because low-carb concepts ban the high-carbohydrate potatoes from the shopping list and fatty fast food variants, above all French fries, have a lasting negative impact on the image of potatoes. Why the potato is one of the most popular side dishes with good reason and how you can even lose weight with potatoes, in the following.
Although potatoes are rich in starch and keep you feeling full for a long time, contrary to popular belief, they are not fattening foods, but have just 70 calories at 100 grams - i.e. less than the same amount of cooked rice. In addition, the golden yellow tubers provide vitamins C, B1, B2, B5, and B6, important minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, and essential amino acids. Potatoes contain almost no fat, namely a maximum of 0.1 percent per 100 grams.
Potatoes provide just as much vitamin C as apples (which can be lost during cooking, so you should only peel the tubers after cooking!), The effect on the immune system, the cells, and the complexion is correspondingly positive. Since boiled potatoes contain significantly fewer calories than rice or noodles, they are ideally suited as diet food - provided that the preparation is correct and you avoid creamy sauces and fatty toppings. Since the juice secreted by the potatoes has a slightly alkaline effect, potatoes are a traditional home remedy for gastrointestinal complaints, have a relaxing effect, and increase well-being. Because the indigestible parts act as fiber and swell in the stomach, potatoes fill you up quickly and for a long time. As a result, you eat smaller portions, and cravings and circulatory problems are effectively prevented.
Incidentally, cooled potatoes provide significantly fewer carbohydrates than hot varieties, because the starch they contain changes structurally when they cool down and is then metabolized differently by the body. Waxy varieties generally provide fewer carbohydrates than floury-boiling ones.
The best (because they have the lowest calories) ways of preparing potatoes as diet food are potatoes cooked in the oven, jacket potatoes, and potatoes that have cooled down again. Toppings with low-fat quark or crème légère as well as fresh garden herbs or small chopped raw vegetables such as cucumber, celery, or carrots provide variety and provide additional vitamins and minerals.
If you don't want to do without the crispy variations, sprinkle pre-cooked potato wedges with a few drops of olive oil and then grill them in the oven until golden brown. French fries and fried potatoes have been deleted without replacement, as have potato dumplings or potato gratins baked with cheese. Mashed potatoes are only allowed during a diet if they are mixed with vegetable broth instead of butter and milk and have little or no salt.