The Starch Solution

The Starch Solution

Eat the Foods You Love, Regain your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!

Book - 2012
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Pick up that bread! This doctor-approved method lets you keep the carbs and lose the pounds!

Fear of the almighty carb has taken over the diet industry for the past few decades--from Atkins to Dukan--even the mere mention of a starch-heavy food is enough to trigger an avalanche of shame and longing. But the truth is, carbs are not the enemy!

Bestselling author John A. McDougall and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, prove that a starch-rich diet can actually help you lose weight, prevent a variety of ills, and even cure common diseases. By fueling your body primarily with carbohydrates rather than proteins and fats, you will feel satisfied, boost energy, and look and feel your best.

Including a 7-Day Sure-Start Plan, helpful weekly menu planner, and nearly 100 delicious, affordable recipes, The Starch Solution is a groundbreaking program that will help you shed pounds, improve your health, save money, and change your life.

Publisher: New York : Rodale, c2012.
ISBN: 9781623360276
Characteristics: xx, 348 p. :,ill.


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Oct 07, 2014

As Dr. McDougall points out in his many youtube videos, he stands on the shoulders of many doctors who have contributed to his work and to the health of thousands, if not millions. You can check out the science behind his teachings at his website where he provides so much free information.

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2011 and was prescribed Metformin by my doctor. I have been living medication free for almost two years after researching and following the advice of doctors John McDougall, Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn, T. Colin Campbell, Dean Ornish and others too numerous to mention.

You can watch a youtube video by the co-founder of Whole Foods, John Mackey, who says “We've had at least 100 team members reverse Type 2 Diabetes...”, after attending seminars by some of the above mentioned doctors.

The videos “Forks over Knives” and “Forks Over Knives, The Extended Interviews” available from the library are also highly recommended.

Jan 04, 2014

This is the plant-base, whole foods eating program I follow. I have tried others and did not have the feeling of satiety I needed - this as it is starch-based is the one. I feel so much better and have reversed chronic health issues - like pre-diabetes using this way of eating - though had not had any success with the carb counting methods taught to me by my health provider. Now, my doctor is thrilled that I am doing this as my health stats are all in normal or better than normal ranges! I am so happy to be doing this!

Dec 02, 2013

In the beginning of the book, McDougall creates a straw man using paleo diet. He defines the paleolithic period as including 13,000 years ago; however Cordain (The Paleo Diet) defines it as more than 30,000 years ago, pre-agriculture. Then, McDougall cites mummies with conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis and claims that this is evidence that Paleolithic people ate grains and had these diseases. He actually just proves Cordain's point that grains have a degenerative effect on the body. Later in the book, he includes a chart of protein requirements as suggested by prior research but fails to include the recommendation of the Paleo diet. Further, McDougall uses a chart in the book with no definition of what the numbers mean. He also uses foods in 3000 calorie units for comparison to try to prove that we can get enough protein from vegetables; but no one eats 3000 calories of one food in a single day. Prior to reading this book, I respected McDougall prior to reading this book, but the science is inaccurate and the math is very misleading. He should study archaeology and get his dates correct before presenting data that falls into the wrong period to support his argument.

Jun 21, 2013

This eating plan makes the most sense to me. Obviously there is science behind everything McDougall prescribes, but I think also we all know what we should and shouldn't be eating but we try to avoid that truth by 'reaching for the magic bullet' .. McDougall just spells out the truth for you in a no holds barred sort of way. He doesn't sugar coat it.

sabelos Apr 05, 2013

A well written piece from one of the most renound nutritional scientists who is at the forefront of healthy eating in western society.

VeganMan Sep 22, 2012

This is the only proven natural way to take charge of your health. I have been following this way of life for eight years. I am back to my highschool weight no high blood pressure. I feel healthy and full of energy. I started this program weighing 185lbs 5'5 now I am a lean healthy happy 127lbs. I had high blood presure pre diabetes and the start of arthritis all gone because of this way of life. I highly recommend this book it will change your life forever without being put on all those horrible drugs with nasty side effects. Good luck try try again you can make the change for the better with this food plan. I give this book a 12 out of 10.

Aug 13, 2012

I have read virtually every book on diet and this is the first one that actually makes sense. I have been eating this way for several months now, and have effortlessly dropped 10 pounds. i am looking forward to getting my cholesterol, etc. results when I have my annual physical later this month, but believe there will be a significant improvement. It is so great to be able to eat as much as I want of all the foods I really like, while not feeling guilty about eating carbs! I recommend this to anyone who is serious about improving their health.

Tulips13 Aug 04, 2012

I have been trying to switch to a plant-based diet for many reasons. This book has been very persuasive. The long term affects of eating meat, dairy, and eggs are very scary. Towards the end the book became dull when the author started to discuss the different vitamins you need and how to get nutrients. I know about that and I didn't need 4 chapters devoted to it. Other than that the book was very helpful.

Aug 02, 2012

Truly awful. You know you're in trouble when a good part of the book is devoted to personal testimonials. Testimonials and anecdotes substitute for real science and medicine. Though the book is loaded with footnotes to make it look "sciency," its message is exactly opposite to the drift of recent studies.

Jul 15, 2012

Not overly impressed. It flies in the face of everything I've been told by my doctor & nutritionist about living w/diabetes.


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Jul 16, 2012

In the seventies, researchers from the [....] asked 16 moderately overweight college-aged men to add 12 slices of white bread (at 70 calories a slice) or high fiber bread (at 50 calories a slice) to their diet daily. On average, subjects eating the extra white bread lost 14 lbs (6.26Kg) and those adding the high fiber bread lost 19 pounds (8.77 Kg) during the next 8 weeks. Appetite-appeasing breads worked by replacing the easy-t-wear fat found in the meats, dairy products and vegetable oils, causing them to spontaneously, without any additional conscious thought or effort, lose the weight. p.24

Jul 15, 2012

In this book I share what I have learned over the past 44 years about promoting health and healing illness. To help you get started, I've included a 7-day Sure-Start Plan in Chapter 14, backed up by practical information on how to ready your kitchen, your family, and your life for this change in the way you eat. Chapter 15 gets the foods you love on the table with nearly 100 easy-to-prepare recipes to suit every taste.

Jul 15, 2012

I fully realize that the views I advocate cause people with vested interests to dislike me. But I can live with that unfairness. Too many physicians and dietitians pay allegiance to the big business of food and pharmaceuticals rather than to their customers, the patients.

Jul 15, 2012

"Mary's recipes are easy to prepare, not only in a professional kitchen, but also at home. (Nearly 100 of our favorites are included in Chapter 15.) The resort's kitchen quickly learned to turn out copious quantities of food that tasted good while nurturing our participants' health and well-being. p. xix

Jul 15, 2012

"At $4000 for my primarily educational program compared with $100,000 for bypass surgery, perhaps it just wasn't bringing in enough revenue for the hospital." [...]
"I anticipated an enthusiastic response from the hospital administration, but after lengthy discussions, they decided that associating themselves with MS patients might stigmatize the hospital since these patients never seemed to get better. I also wondered whether the limited opportunity for profit might have also been a consideration".

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