The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!

The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!

by John McDougall, Mary McDougall


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623360276
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 44,705
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

JOHN A. McDOUGALL, MD, has co-authored many bestselling books with his wife, Mary, and is featured in the documentary and book Forks Over Knives. He cares for patients and teaches medical doctors and students at the McDougall Live-In Program in Santa Rosa, CA.

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The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MtnMikeCA More than 1 year ago
Want to lose a few pounds in a couple weeks? Read a diet book, ANY diet book. Want to become healthy, lose weight and feel great for life? Read The Starch Solution. When a friend or patient asks "where do I begin" This book will be at the top of my recommended reading list. I will tell them to begin their journey with The Starch Solution. On a chance mountain bike ride, I met a physician that said he could only cure one condition, bacterial infections. The diseases that are so common to our world are only managed. However, he shared, that through nutritional counseling, he is beginning to help people heal themselves. Rather than preach throughout our ride, he said, "Watch Forks over Knives and read The China Study." I began there. Then I discovered Dr. McDougall and his wife, Mary. Soon the value of the words I was digesting became crystal clear. My mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer and patients, friends and family began sharing recent medical afflictions. In the four months that I have been on my journey, I have seen one friend die of bladder cancer, another has grade 4 pancreatic cancer. I am committed to a Starch Solution lifestyle.My cholesterol has dropped 60 points, BMI is 24 and I feel great. The hills I climb on my bike seem shorter. This month I turn 55 and I am loving life. I believe The Starch Solution is the book Dr. McDougall has always wanted to write. He pulls no punches, is direct, and presents a plain and simple argument for making changes that will promote health. He challenges you but includes enough footnotes and quoted research to satisfy the skeptics providing ammunition for those scientifically inclined. The personal tales of the "Stars" will make it real for those that want to let their heart guide them to an answer. Rather than skirting the issue by saying we should eat a "plant strong," or "whole foods" diet that has a "Spectrum" of choices, this book is clear when it states: "The diet that best prevents disease, best supports the body's innate healing mechanisms, and best promotes sustained weight loss is a low-fat diet based on starches, with added vegetables and fruits, and with no animal products or free oils. A giant step toward health and spontaneous healing is yours for the taking." Thank you Dr. John and Mary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book - well written, well-researched, and well-documented with the research articles he refers to. Do not think he is referring to processed carbs. By the term "Starch" Dr McDougall refers to fiber-rich, whole, unprocessed (or very minimally processed) potatoes, sweet potatoes, whole grains (such as, brown rice, barley, whole wheat, oats, corn), and beans and lentils. This is NOT a diet based on whole wheat bread, cold cereals (even "whole grain" ones), white rice, pasta, etc., as those foods are processed. I eat a LOT of food and I am never hungry. I fill my plate with 1/2 whole starches and 1/2 raw or cooked green and yellow veggies (particularly greens like kale, spinach, swiss chard). I include one or two fruits with each meal. I eat half my veggies raw and half my veggies cooked. I've been to Dr. mcDougall's 5-day program; I follow his advice and it is working. I am losing weight (down 45 lbs so far), reversing my diabetes, and my arthritis pain is nearly all gone. My seasonal allergies are gone! This spring, while others around me are congested and sneezing, I can finally breathe freely! No more anti-histamines! No more sinus headaches. My rosacea has nearly completely cleared up. My family physician is very happy with my progress and enthusiastically supports this way of eating. He is satisfied that I am getting substantial nutrition, as long as I take a B-12 vitamin regularly. I take no other vitamins or supplements. I also recommend Dr. Joel Fuhrman's books called "Super Immunity" and "Eat to Live." 95% similar advice, also similar excellent results.
Sannejon More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book this week. I asked to get it for Mother's Day and I finished reading it today! Not only is this bood packed FULL of wonderful medical nutrition information and life changing advice it is a lot of FUN to read! Interesting, personable and very real for today. I enjoy the personal Star McDougallar stories about people like me. I especially like chapter 10 - The Fat Vegan because that's me! Now I know what I've been doing wrong. I also like the research info on Salt and Sugar. You'll be suprised at what the medial world know and the USDA knows because its not what they show us on TV. I have already started practicing Dr. McDougall's advice and I know I'm on the road to better health!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to have on the shelf for reference in pursuing a healthful diet. Excellent information thoughtfully presented. Lots of appealing recipes. Glad I bought it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for walking the walk doc! I love the recipes and how easy a read this was, although i do not agree with everything 100% I do agree about eating a low fat high carb diet for true health and longevity. I think it would be helpful to discuss gluten allergy and avoiding gmos with more tips on how to substitute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get this book. Its the truth. Its time to embrace our herbivorous ancestory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because I do follow the Whole Plant Food Way of Eating. It did confirm my thoughts about starches, and it also states that fruits/vegetables are also necessary AND sugar. Found the title misleading. Dr. McDougall is very informed, especially about losing weight.
Sally1313 More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended! Eat almost everything you always wanted and love weight and stay healthy. One of the most informative books on the market about eating healthfully!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Goes right along with Forks Over Knives. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The truth is simple and therefore easy to understand. Eat more plants and eat less (or better yet, no) animal and processed foods for optimal health, fitness and longevity. I had already been eating plant-based for years before reading The Starch Solution but learned a lot from this book, in particular the importance of keeping starch as the centerpiece of meal planning, something I'd never really thought about before. Needless to say, any irrational fears one may have about the supposed 'fattening' effects of eating bread and pasta will be put to rest after reading this book.
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This book is basically vegan propaganda. The only "science" it contains is based around drawing strange conclusions from epidemiology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
God gave us dominion over animals in otherwords we can eat them.