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The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! Kindle Edition
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I have followed a Whole foods, plant based, no oil diet and have NEVER been hungry or left the table unsatisfied. I have followed the outlines of Dr. McDougall's way of eating and will never again follow the Standard American Diet that promoted the illnesses in me. Thank you, Dr. McDougall for leading me in the right direction after so many years of yo-yo dieting! I am well on my way to health, by following your simple guidelines!
If you are a vegan you should read this
If you are not a vegan but want to learn or need to learn how to eat healthy this is the book.
McDougall also has other books but the starch solution is updated and it will teach you everything you need to learn about nutrition.
Forget about counting calories, starving or doing crazy diets.. this is THE book.
I recommend this book to anyone who really has an open mind and wants to learn.
By the way... its easy to read too!
THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT SOY... IT'S ABOUT STARCHES (POTATOES, RICE AND BEANS)
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I highly recommend everything from Dr. McDougall.
After this past year I had gotten up to my highest weight ever, nearly 200 pounds. At 5'8" I wasn't horribly huge but I had the beginnings of a gut, was rounder in every part of my body including my face, and I just didn't feel good. Then, like nearly every McDougall story, I stumbled across a video of Dr. McDougall after searching around on YouTube for vegan success stories. High Carb Hannah initially led me in the direction, and after I watched every video I could find of McDougall I was absolutely in.
The first several weeks were challenging because I wasn't losing much weight. I had only watched the videos online and didn't realize that I needed a wider knowledge base to lean on in order to lose the weight successfully. That's when I finally decided to buy the Starch Solution and I haven't looked back since.
It's been 9 weeks on the Starch Solution and I've lost 18 pounds. I know people drop a lot more weight in that amount of time typically, but I haven't been 100% following the program at every moment in time but every time I stray away with a meal when I'm out or something I make sure to get right back on course the very next meal. I've been lifting weights (a program called "Stronglifts" that is focused on building strength by starting low to gain good form then to build up progressively each workout - Google it if you're interested I would highly, highly recommend it) in addition to working a job that requires me to be outdoors and moving.
I couldn't be happier on the Starch Solution diet. My main staples for my morning is overnight oats with a banana, almond milk, and cinnamon. Occasionally I'll add in dates when I feel I need the extra boost. For a while I was eating quinoa, black beans, and sweet potatoes for lunch and dinner with cucumbers and hummus as snacks throughout the day, but I've been switching things up recently.
Regardless of what I've been eating, it's comforting to know that I can eat until I'm full, and that the foods I'm eating are satisfying. What's all really important to note is that I could be doing even better with this diet if I: A - Ramped up the diet to maximum weight loss with 45% caloric intake as starches and 45% as vegetables (I believe that is the ratio stated in the book) or B - Cut out the minimal added oils in my diet found in the hummus I eat (Classic Sabra hummus) or the little bit of olive oil I used when meal prepping a big thing of diced potatoes.
I have a goal weight of 160 pounds that I hope to hit by 1/11/18, which will have been 8 months since I started my most recent weight loss journey. I'm confident that I will continue to see results, and am pleased that I know I can take it up another notch if I hit a plateau. The point of my review isn't to bore anybody with my life story and where I'm at right now: I decided to dedicate so much time to it because I read through countless reviews and stories and testimonials searching for an answer and over time they built up the confidence necessary to take the plunge and regain my health.
If you're at all curious about this program, buy the book. Do what works for you in it. Go on a walk or join a gym, dedicate yourself to meal prepping and making your meals for the week (this is anecdotal but I've observed the food you eat is 80-90% of your weight loss - the exercise is minuscule compared to it - if you don't have the time to exercise, or only time to meal prep or exercise, do the meal prep. Your body will respond better and eventually circumstances could change and you could work exercise in. I highly, highly suggest that). Read the book once all the way through, then reread the 3rd section of how to do it. Stick with the staples of rice, oats, potatoes, quinoa, etc. Try to stay away from processed foods, and keep your meal prep recipes simple. They provide a lot of great recipes, but unless you loooove cooking, id recommend making basic foods (for dinner tonight I had corn tortillas, corn, black beans, and rice with a little bit of hot sauce drizzled on them - took my maybe 10 minutes to make (used microwaveable frozen rice) and it was a satisfying meal).
I wish you the best on your journey, and hope that you can become a fellow Starchivore Warrior as we all work to regain our health and help save the animals and the planet while we do it!