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The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good! Paperback – 29 Jul 2013

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; Reprint edition (29 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623360277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623360276
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I love this book, its been a great addidtion to my library of nutrition books and the recipies in it are fantastic!

Dr McDougal's plan works wonders and this stuff really should be thought in schools to our kids, the book has helped me loose lots of weight and bring my BMI down to around 21 all without doing any exercise! I really dont think i could ever go back to the standard diet after reading this and Dr Graham's 80/10/10 book!
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Great book by an amazing pioneer. I have been following the whole food, plant based diet recommended for six months plus now and will never go back. I feel full and satisfied after every meal, each as much as I want, when I want and have lost weight, my skin has improved and I have so much more energy. I've found Dr Mcdougall's book an inspiration and very motivational.
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After 10 years + of poor health including anaemia, water retention, fatigue and 'heavy legs' I feel like my health and energy levels are now reverting to when I was in my 20s. I am 46 and have been a veggie since age 12 but had far too much reliance on milk, cheese and eggs. I have now been dairy free for 3 months and for me there is no going back, any excess weight is gradually disappearing, I feel a lot better, I have a spring in my step when out walking and I reckon next time my blood gets checked my chronic iron absorption issues will be disappearing too (the anaemia wasn't down to being veggie and not eating meat, it was down to eating too much dairy!!!). After watching the Forks Over Knives dvd and now actively following advice from Dr McDougall and T Colin Campbell I would never want to eat dairy again. I used to love cheese and thought I would have difficulty ever giving it up, not so, a period without it had been enough that I think I would gag if I tried to eat any now. Equally, I now literally crave potatoes and rice, my body is telling me what's right.
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A perfect introduction to some of the essential paradigms of good health, aimed at an overweight and sceptical audience who have 'heard it all before' from low-carb gurus, supplement vendors and high-carb advocates. Mcdougall provides a framework for understanding who you should listen to when it comes to your health. In sum the admonition is: follow the money.

He does well to cram the science information and also a rather comprehensive game-plan into just one book, but just by the nature of such an endevour the science may not be as thorough as some readers might desire. However that is not to say the science information is very dissatisfactory or lacking. If you come to this book with a certain stubborness, you will find the science insufficient so therefore if it's a greater volume of proof you want then The China Study by T Colin Campbell should pass the test.

In general though if you want to possess a considerably greater control over your own health then this book is about as good a place to begin as you're likely to find.
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I agree with most of what Mcdougall says in this: whole starches really are the solution to most of our health problems. I believe that Mcdougall is one of the best nutrition experts out there and that he promotes a practical, inexpensive, healthy diet that can solve many health issues (as well as promote compassion to animals, protection of the environment and better stewardship of resources). As a general rule (there are exceptions) vegetarians normally tend to fail when they don't center their diets on starches and don't get enough high quality calories from carbs, i've seen this in my own personal experience when i tried to follow a diet high in vegetables and lower in starches: i felt weak and without energy, i simply wasn't consuming enough calories and when i reverted back to a starch based diet my energy shot right up again and i began feeling great. All major civilizations have always based their diets on starches and have thrived and all endurance athletes have always had to follow a starch based diet in order to win. My only criticism is that the book is not very well written and certain chapters are actually just parts of mcdougall's newsletters (some are really great but he could have rewritten them). Overall i would say the China study is probably a better book but the Starch solution has some superb information and is worth buying.
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An incredible, moving and insightful book - a very valuable read to anyone who is struggling with their health, weight or stuck in a bad relationship with food due all the many misconceptions about food and fad diets that are constantly being force-fed to the general public.
Following a vegan, starch based diet provides you with optimal energy, you feel in a great mood, your digestion is better, skin complaints clear up and you are NEVER HUNGRY! There is no calorie counting and all the meals are just delicious and oh so satisfying.
Thank you Dr McDougall - this book has transformed my health.
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John McDougall is one of a bunch of pioneers who advocate a plant based diet as being the healthiest diet for us all to adopt. It is not a diet book however but it explains how our ancestors survived on a starch based diet as many still do today. There are also many amazing stories by people who have been cured of many different illnesses by making the change to a starch based diet. Overall a very interesting book and proof that by changing your diet you can enjoy a healthier life. I can vouch for this as I changed initially to a vegetarian diet and then to a complete plant based diet a couple of years ago and wonder why I didn’t do it years ago. The benefits have been enormous.
I would also recommend you see his many videos on YouTube.
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