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Man approaches end of 60-day potato diet

Moses Lake, Wash. -- The head of the Washington State Potato Commission said he has lost 17 pounds on a 60-day potatoes-only diet.

Chris Voigt, 45, of the Moses Lake area, said he consumed about 1,200 potatoes during his diet, which he said he will end at midnight Monday, The Seattle Times reported.

"I've baked, boiled, broiled, fried, smashed and shredded potatoes," he said.

Voigt said he avoided the toppings that give potatoes a bad name in the health community, including butter, sour cream and bacon bits.
"It seemed as if the potato was being blamed for the obesity crisis, for diabetes, that it was the scourge of the earth," Voigt said. "Then there was the Atkins diet, and the South Beach diet. It made a tremendous amount of people believe that carbohydrates make you fat."

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