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The Starch Solution

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

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From Atkins to Dukan, fear of the almighty carb has taken over the diet industry for the past few decades--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. Now, bestselling author John A. McDougall, MD, and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, prove that a starch-rich diet can actually help readers lose weight, prevent a variety of ills, and even cure common diseases. By fueling the body primarily with carbohydrates rather than proteins and fats, readers will feel satisfied, boost energy, and look and feel their 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 readers shed pounds, improve their health, save money, and change their lives.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 18, 2012 – John A. McDougall, M.D., is the coauthor, with his wife, Mary, of numerous bestsellers, and is featured in the documentary and book Forks over Knives. This, their 12th collaboration, promotes a scientifically proven, plant-based regimen aimed at successful weight loss and an end to diet-related illnesses like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and inflammatory arthritis. Although the concept seems counterintuitive to yoyoing, lifelong dieters who have been told that carbohydrates are verboten, the McDougall approach offers filling, comforting, nutrient-dense starches combined in a nonfat, nonanimal food plan with vegetables, nuts, and fruits to deliver a sense of satisfaction, an end to cravings, and much-improved overall well-being. Part I, Healing with Starch, discusses why starches have been key since ancient times, alerts readers to toxins found in animal foods, cites examples of spontaneous healing on a starch-based diet, and raises the issues of food plant ecology and politics. Part II, The FAQs, lists reliable and beneficial sources of dietary protein and calcium; reveals reasons to avoid eating fish; and shows that vitamin and mineral supplements are unnecessary. Part III, Living the Solution, presents the 7-Day Sure-Start Program and instructs how to turn the book s advice into a lifestyle (which may include the authors prepared, commercially available foods). Recipes for 100 basic, delicious everyday dishes like tofu tacos, Tunisian sweet potato stew, and mushroom stroganoff are a bonus, as are thumbnail portraits of successful dieters. The book s solid scientific information and feasible regimen make the McDougall case for starches quite persuasive and promising.

Customer Reviews

Must read

This book is an easy read, but do not let that fool you. The contents are straight forward and life changing if you allow them. McDougall is a straight shooter. His no nonsense approach is refreshing.

It's time to wake up people. There's no gray area when it comes to what we put into our bodies and the subsequent effects. There's denial and there's the overwhelming statistics that cannot be ignored......Americans are checking out early everyday because of their food choices.

I'd recommend this book to everyone.

This works!

I have followed Dr. McDougall's dietary advice for over 12 years. I used to weight over 300 pounds and had severe steroid-dependent, life-threatening asthma. I find this way of eating (I hate the term 'diet') easy to maintain, since the basis is filling, comforting starches. I lost 180 pounds which I have kept off for over 10 years. My asthma is now in remission and I am drug-free. At 56 I am thin, active and have none of the 'diseases' of my peers: no arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, etc. This is not the latest, greatest weight-loss gimmick - although you will certainly lose weight if you need to. This is about getting your health back for LIFE. The fact that you can also help the animals and the planet by eating a plant-based diet is just icing on the (low-fat) cake.


Read this book from cover to cover in a day

I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to see a medical professional take such a serious look at long term health and develop a comprehensive program for health. This plan for healthy eating is exactly what people need. No gimmicks, no tricks, no fads. Just eat starches and veggies and fruits and you have plenty of healthy options. The result may be weight loss or just healthier insides!!! Wonderfully simple, wonderfully thoughtful, and the best part are the awesome recipes in the back that make this plan fun and exciting.

The Starch Solution
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Published: May 08, 2012
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Seller: Rodale Inc.
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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