I’m baa-aaack!

Sorry for the hiatus. if you’ve been keeping up at my Vegetable Pharm blog you might have heard I’m going to start blogging over here from now on.

I’ve started working on a new book, The Diet Hack. I’m about half-way through the first draft, it’ll hopefully be published this summer or fall 2019. The premise of The Diet Hack is:

Here’s a hard pill to swallow: Most dieters will fail to achieve meaningful weight loss past the one-year mark. 95% will have failed by their 5th year. Why do so many people fail at dieting? They don’t. “Dieting” is not the problem. The problem is that the deck is stacked against you. Losing weight is easy; keeping it off is next to impossible. There are several people to blame: The Diet and Fitness Industry, The Biotechnology Industry, The Pharmaceutical Industry, The Food Industry, The Medical Industry, The Supplement Industry, and several other “big boys” who don’t care about your health as much as they care about your net worth. And we’re to blame, too…for buying into all their schemes.

I’ve learned their tricks. I know the dirty secrets. We can regain control of our own health and weight if we understand how and why we lost control in the first place. I will show you how to focus on what matters and what’s just noise. I’ll show you how you can beat the odds and keep your weight off for good.

I promise: No tricks, no gimmicks, no crazy science. Just good food, a good life, and great health.

I’ll leave you with that for now. I’ll be updating this blog frequently and doing some housekeeping with the layout and tabs.

Keep in touch and let me know what you think.



14 Comments on “I’m baa-aaack!”

  1. Judith December 9, 2018 at 4:07 am #

    Good to hear! I am in the process of loosing weight (finally). Lost 8 kg in 2018 with Intermittent Fasting 16:8 combined with eating 8 Portions of vegetables and fruit and lots of potatoes. I eat everything else I want to eat, but in moderation and veggies first. I added also a lot daily movement (walking). I am loosing slowly but it’s adding up. 😀
    I loved your first book and am looking forward to the second one!
    Best wishes from Germany


    • Tim Steele December 9, 2018 at 6:15 am #

      Good job, Judith! Keep reading, I have lots of good ideas for weight maintenance that stand up to research and science. It’s a long process, but if you can maintain your weight loss for over 5 years, you’ll be one of only 3-5% of people that do so. I think it’s very possible with the right education, motivation, and desire.


  2. Jo tB December 9, 2018 at 7:43 am #

    Just back from 6 weeks in Australia and I thought I would check in to see if there is any movement on the blog….. Yes, things seem to be picking up. Glad to hear you have lots of things in the pipeline.

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  3. Fiona December 9, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    Hi Tim, good to see you back here. I didn’t realise you were still active on Vegetable Pharm so I have been catching up on reading. You probably don’t want any more answers but just in case – In answer to Who exercises? – I am very similar to Ron – I find that a couple of hill “sprint” sessions and a couple of 25-30 hand weight (7-12kgs) a week work really well for me. I actually added in chin-ups also a couple of years ago and went from being able to do none to around 16-20 which I am pretty happy with.

    Diet wise I find that I need to keep my iron levels happy and eat enough protein and the rest sorts itself out. I was a little overweight from around 18-22 but since then have managed to keep within a happy range for me (nothing a few days of a good old potato hack can’t manage) – with difficulty when I was distance running from around age 30-44ish and easily since instigating my current program. I have a rest week every now and then depending on when I feel I need it.

    I am really looking forward to what your research reveals. Happy writing 🙂


    • Tim Steele December 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

      Wow, sounds like you are doing really good. I was surprised to learn that over 80% of people don’t even get the minimum recommended amount of exercise. It’s no surprise that 95% of people who go on a diet fail to see lasting weight loss.

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  4. Debbie December 9, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    I’m excited to hear about your new book. I’m hoping it will be something I can hand a relative, a skinny kid who never cared about food, who is now older and a victim of all you’ve described above.


    • Tim Steele December 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

      I want this to be a book that doctors will hand to patients, too. It’s diet “agnostic” not favoring one diet over another, as long as it uses real food, and not the stuff people normally eat.


  5. vootman December 9, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

    Hi Tim and all, I am looking forward to your new book (long wait !) and any ideas you want to bounce off of us here on the blog along the way. Much thanks to you (and Rusty Moore) for introducing me to a way of eating that has freed me from years of fear-based Low Carb-ism. Glad you are ba-aackkkk.


  6. Jason Curry December 16, 2018 at 7:15 am #

    Well I need this so badly. I lost over 20 lbs potato hacking back in 2015 and I’ve slowly gained it back for 2 reasons I believe. First I tried to rely on long fasts that left me starving and with a false sense of security. Number two I started drinking beer daily instead of just on the weekend 🙄. Hopefully the potato hack will still work for me. I NEED it right now.


    • Tim Steele December 16, 2018 at 8:01 am #

      I wouldn’t be so quick to blame the beer! Keep reading this blog, over the next couple months we’ll be exploring why 95% of dieters fail to keep weight off for more than a couple years.


      • Jason Curry December 16, 2018 at 8:51 am #

        I will Tim…. I’m hoping you will include what you would recommend for those looking to lose 15 to 20 lbs. I would say I’m healthy but my blood pressure could be better. So 15 lbs is mostly about looking better but…… I will say my blood pressure got fantastic on potatoes.


  7. Sara December 18, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    Can’t believe this crazy potato thing is still going on 🙂 I did this a few years ago, think I even did some proof reading of your book Tim (we connected over on MDA back when). I’ve been maintaining a large weight loss for a few years now, but back in my weight loss phase I did a few rounds of the potato hack and enjoyed it (and the quick scale movement that came with it!). I’m currently facing a few pounds of maintenance weight creep (got sloppy with my maintenance plan this summer), and tried going back to regular calorie counting/tracking, but after two days I’m already going crazy-I’m just over that phase in my life. As I was making a baked potato tonight I started thinking of my potato hack days and somehow ended up here. Going to jump into a round tomorrow-Friday and see how it goes. Looking forward to it!


    • Tim Steele December 18, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

      Hey, Sara, nice to hear from you. I know what you mean! I find it’s impossible for me to count calories, for one reason, I hate doing it, but also because I hardly eat anything with a nutrition label and would have to weigh it and look it up, lol. But it definitely helped to lose weight way back when.


  8. Sandra D. April 29, 2019 at 5:22 am #

    Since brown rice has resistant starch, like potatoes, what is your opinion of a rice diet,
    mimicking the potato diet (or even swapping the two items out when one just can’t handle another potato)?


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