A vegan YouTuber discovered that his before and after pictures had been stolen and used on a website promoting keto and fasting diets earlier this week.
Andrew Taylor, better known as 'Spud Fit', was alerted to the image misuse in an article on a website called The Every Other Day Diet.
The pictures - which have now been changed - were used in an article titled Paul’s Story: I've got to change my life. According to the accompanying text, Paul - an international lawyer living in London and Switzerland - lost around 40lb by fasting every other day.
In reality, Andrew Taylor lost the weight by eating nothing but potatoes for a year throughout the year of 2016, making media headlines. He adopted the unusual approach in a bid to tackle what he described as his 'food addiction'.
"Armed with a degree in Applied Science (Human Movement) and a fascination with all things nutrition-related, the former high school physical education/health teacher spent six weeks researching 'the perfect food' before he settled on the humble spud – just in time to begin a whole year break from thinking about food on New Year’s Day, 2016," says Taylor's website.
As a result of his diet success, Taylor now coaches others with food addiction through his 'Spud Fit Academy' and makes YouTube videos and podcasts.
Taylor's video about the photos
'The ultimate fake news'
Taylor made a YouTube video about seeing his photos being used deceptively online. "This is a website that promotes keto dieting and fasting," he says in the video.
He scrolls through the story and points out all the adverts for the keto diet littered throughout the story.
"We get inundated all the time with all these stories of people doing amazing things and maybe they're not always even true...this is obviously fake. This website is happy to take my photo and put it on my story. What else are they lying about? What other lies are going on in the nutrition world in general? This is the ultimate fake news, be careful what you read."
He told Plant Based News that he contacted the web host, who contacted the site owner who then changed the pictures. "I'm guessing the story is still a lie but I don't know," he added.
You can buy Andrew Taylor's digital download book Spud Fit: A whole food potato based guide to eating and living here
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