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!

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.

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

  • MT Sky says:
    171 of 185 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I am a “Paleo Enthusiast”, December 1, 2012
    MT Sky (Colorado United States) –

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    For years, even before it was trendy, I was interested in the “paleo diet”, which asserts that if we eat like our early ancestors did before the dawn of agriculture, we will be much healthier because our species evolved on the hunter gatherer lifestyle, not based on an agricultural lifestyle.

    In other words, homo sapiens have been surviving for 200,000 years predominantly on animals (meat, fish, fowl), fruit, nuts, and vegetables. We didn’t evolve to consume milk throughout life (especially that of another species) or grains, or beans. One of the implicit arguments is that we didn’t evolve to be consumers of starch, but the agricultural revolution starting around 10,000 years ago changed that, and the change has not been for the better. That is the premise of the paleo diet.

    Dr McDougall, unlike the vast majority of authors who have backed away from the stance that a low fat high carbohydrate diet is healthy for humans, sticks to his guns and provides a cogent counter-argument to the paleo premise. He claims that humans evolved on starch, and that all forms of animal tissue (protein, fat, cholesterol) degrade health. It’s a bold stance in a world that has turned away from the low fat high carb diets that were popular in the 1980’s.

    Dr McDougall claims that civilization was built on starch, and he’s right. Without the cultivation of grains, beans, potatoes, etc., civilization as we know it would not exist. The hunter gather lifestyle cannot support the population density required to invent and build cities, roads, ocean vessels, steam engines, electricity, medicine, technology, etc. Without starch, paleo dieters wouldn’t have even been born to discuss the evils of starch with each other on the internet.

    Now does he go too far with his argument that the low fat vegan diet is optimal for humans? I don’t know. I don’t think anyone knows for sure, but his belief stems from over 30 years of improving the health of his patients, some of who were thought to be beyond help by the medical establishment. I think he does a good job showing that, even though civilization was built on starch, once a culture gets affluent and starts adding higher and higher levels of animal products and vegetable oils, health degrades rapidly.

    I’m glad that I purchased this book, and would recommend it to open-minded health conscious friends, or anyone struggling with the diseases of western civilization (overweight, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer). I would also recommend it to paleo and low carb dieters who are concerned about recent research which sugests that levels of protein of over 1g/kg of body weight activates the mtor pathway, and increases cancer risk substantially. This research may also suggest that animal protein, with its higher levels of branched chain amino acids, may be worse than plant-based protein for this risk factor, but I’m not enough of an expert to discuss that (I’ll just consider it and continue to try to understand the research for my own health).

    Has this book changed my eating habits? Yes. I’m experimenting with reducing meat and adding back starch. It seems that when I stop adding oils and reduce animal protein significantly, starch doesn’t cause my body to store fat. I’ve been stuffing myself with rice, oatmeal, vegetables, and fruit, and I’ve lost 2 pounds in the first week (which I gained from Thanksgiving).

    Will it change my eating habits long term? I think so, but I’m taking it one day at a time for now.


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  • MtnMike says:
    249 of 265 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Want to feel great? Eat some “Starch”, May 8, 2012
    MtnMike (Redding, California) –

    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.


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  • S. Lippe says:
    390 of 413 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good, sound science for good, sound health!, May 8, 2012
    S. Lippe (San Antonio, TX United States) –

    My favorite quote from the book sums up Dr. McDougall’s philosophy on health, “I have often been asked, “You are a doctor, so why do you speak against the practices of fellow physicians?” The answer is simple: I never took an oath to protect the financial interests of the medical industry.” Dr. McDougall dares to to tell us how to become healthy, and therefore put doctors, hospitals, and big pharmaceutical companies out of business!
    The book details plant based eating that give you plenty of protein and vitamins, low fat, ZERO cholesterol, and nothing but pure energy. I have been eating this way thanks to Dr. McDougall, Dr. Caldwell Esslestyn, and Dr. T. Colin Campbell after I saw the Forks Over Knives Documentary in June 2011. I have never been healthier or had more energy – probably not even as a kid! I have completely reversed my obesity and type II diabetes and am off all my Metformin, now I am a diet controlled diabetic eating exactly as outlined by Dr. McDougall. I have lost 95 pounds, lowered my total cholesterol from 390 to 100, and am also off my high blood pressure medicine with a bp of 110/70.
    The book includes a 7-Day Sure-Start Plan backed up by practical information on how to ready your kitchen, your family, and your life for this change in the way you eat, and includes nearly 100 easy-to-prepare recipes to suit every taste. The Starch Solution is different because it offers a way of eating that keeps you feeling satisfied. You won’t feel hungry or deprived, because starches are not only healthy, they’re also comforting and filling. This is a plan you can follow indefinitely–even when you stray by not following it 100 percent–and its benefits will be with you for a lifetime.
    You owe it to yourself to read this book, and give it a try. You will definitely be glad you did!


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