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  • Hardcover: 323 pages
  • Publisher: E P Dutton & Co Inc (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525936785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525936787
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun. 1999
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I think this is the best diet information available. I had read fit for life a few years ago and followed that for a while and put on some weight, I tried high protein diets and put on weight. I became a vegetarian and followed fit for life again and put on a lot of weight. I had read about how vegetarians were all skinny but the book never mentioned that eating oil, nuts, tofu, and peanut butter would cause weight gain. I picked up this Mcdougall book in September 1998 at a weight of 183 pounds (at 5"6). I followed it to the letter (except that I drink lots of black coffee) and I went down to 140 pounds in 4 months. I find it very easy to follow although I have not gone to any restaurants since I started which would be difficult. It is also important to mention that during this time I was eating huge quantities of the required foods and I had no time to excercise; so there was absolutely no deprivation whatsoever. I'm still on the diet and have had no cravings for high fat foods or animal products. I've never felt better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 1998
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Being an overweight woman in her 40s, I have lots of experience with trying and failing to lose fat, and with the misery entailed in the process. Dr. McDougall's book has the first system I have found that I really feel I can happily follow, not just to lose weight, but for the rest of my life in order to stay healthy and maintain my weight loss. At first I was startled by what Dr. McDougall had to say about nutrition, but I have found in practice that his claims are correct. My energy level took a big leap forward within two days, and I just keep feeling better all the time. In my experience, losing weight with this system is unbelievably easy and painless, and your food can be as simple or as gourmet as you want to make it. In the past I tried the Atkinson high protein diet (the most opposite one to this!), and even if I did temporarily lose some weight, I couldn't wait to get off that diet and start eating real food again, and I felt very unhealthy on it after a few weeks. On the other hand, I find the McDougall diet to be extremely satisfying, and as a bonus my skin and hair (dried out by the Nevada climate for years now) have become healthy again, and I have more energy and vitality than in years. Also important is that following the McDougall diet ensures that you minimize the toxicities you get from your food (see Howard Lyman's book "Mad Cowboy" for further information on that aspect!). It really feels good to improve your health, do what is right ecologically, and even lose weight as a bonus and keep it off! Everyone should do themselves the favor of reading and trying for themselves this or another of Dr. McDougall's books.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Dec. 1998
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I was referred to this plan by my doctor and fell in love with the principles outlined in the book. I have never been a big vegetable eater and was raised on red meat. But on this plan, I was able to eat all I wanted, felt full, and immediately felt more energetic. I lost 50 lbs. in 3 months - following the plan, riding an exercise bike and doing aerobics. It was worth it! Highly recommend!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 1998
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The author recomends a starch based diet, that is very low in fat. Instead of steak and potatos you eat foods like brown rice and brocoli. Eliminating meat, dairy products and foods with added fats, oils and refined sugars is quite challenging. You go to a friends house for dinner and if he or she doesn't cook especially for you, you are lucky if you can eat anything. The diet does however work if you have the discipline to follow it. Eating food that has a low calorie density and lots of fiber will take the lard off and fruits and vegetables will give you the vitamins you need. I followed the diet for three years with satifying results for three years, at which time I decided it was to restrictive for me, and proceeded to eat a fair amount of junk food, which returned me to a fatter state. McDougal supports his claims well, if you are willing to eat in a disciplined way, leaving behind many good tasting but damaging foods, I encourage you to buy the book and try it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct. 1997
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This book was a godsend to me ..... I lost nearly 50 pounds in 3.5 months .... 9 of that in the first week alone, without being hungry and the food tasted great!!! Nothing else worked for me, but this sure did! Terrific book!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Ruddock on 3 Jun. 2011
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Having watched a few videos of Dr McDougall's talks on health and nutrition, I was itching to read this book. It didn't disappoint. The advice is so simple and obvious, it's laughable. As a former low carber(for 10 years) who never lost weight unless I ate absolutely no carbs, not even the 20g allowed, I was convinced that this plan would make me gain weight (high insulin blah blah). I have read all the low carb books out there, I was in touch with the research plus I was a member of low carb blogs and podcasts but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't stick to any sort of low carb regimen and I just wanted a different strategy on losing weight that didn't involve giving myself headaches and being tired all the time. After I read The McDougall Program For Maximum weight loss, I was shocked that I was losing so easily when according to low carb science I should be gaining weight at a phenomenal rate!

Now that I have all the low carb propaganda out of my head, I can see nutrition clearly without the low carb clouded view. Carbs don't make you gain weight, they are the most satisfying foods on earth and exactly what your body needs. It's in fact the carb-fat combination that makes you gain weight and prevents you from losing. In the past I could eat countless slices of bread and butter and never feel full. Numerous cookies, potato fries, cakes galore and Chinese fried rice and I'd still be hungry. Even at home when I was trying to be 'healthy'. I would have some steamed rice with no oil added beef stew(I didn't think the fat in meat counted!) and be surprised that I wasn't losing weight. Duh! These are all fat-carb combinations!

Today I am completely satisfied with a plain slice of toast or maybe a teaspoon of fruit puree.
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