The Starch Solution
Eat the Foods You Love, Regain your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!Book - 2012
From Atkins to Dukan, the fear-mongering about carbs over the past few decades has reached a fever pitch; the mere mention of a starch-heavy food is enough to trigger a cavalcade of shame and longing.
In The Starch Solution , bestselling diet doctor and board-certified internist John A. McDougall, MD, and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, turn the notion that starch is bad for you on its head. The Starch Solution is based on a simple swap: fueling your body primarily with carbohydrates rather than proteins and fats. This will help you lose weight and prevent a variety of ills.
Fad diets come and go, but Dr. McDougall has been a proponent of the plant-based diet for decades, and his medical credibility is unassailable. He is one of the mainstay experts cited in the bestselling and now seminal China Study --called the "Grand Prix of epidemiology" by the New York Times . But what The China Study lacks is a plan.
Dr. McDougall grounds The Starch Solution in rigorous scientific fact and research, giving readers easy tools to implement these changes into their lifestyle with a 7-Day Quick Start Plan and 100 delicious recipes. This book includes testimonials from among the hundreds Dr. McDougall has received, including people who have lost more than 125 pounds in mere months as well as patients who have conquered lifethreatening illnesses such as diabetes and cardiac ailments.
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In the seventies, researchers from the [....] asked 16 moderately overweight college-aged men to add 12 slices of white bread (at 70 calories a slice) or high fiber bread (at 50 calories a slice) to their diet daily. On average, subjects eating the extra white bread lost 14 lbs (6.26Kg) and those adding the high fiber bread lost 19 pounds (8.77 Kg) during the next 8 weeks. Appetite-appeasing breads worked by replacing the easy-t-wear fat found in the meats, dairy products and vegetable oils, causing them to spontaneously, without any additional conscious thought or effort, lose the weight. p.24
In this book I share what I have learned over the past 44 years about promoting health and healing illness. To help you get started, I've included a 7-day Sure-Start Plan in Chapter 14, backed up by practical information on how to ready your kitchen, your family, and your life for this change in the way you eat. Chapter 15 gets the foods you love on the table with nearly 100 easy-to-prepare recipes to suit every taste.
I fully realize that the views I advocate cause people with vested interests to dislike me. But I can live with that unfairness. Too many physicians and dietitians pay allegiance to the big business of food and pharmaceuticals rather than to their customers, the patients.
"Mary's recipes are easy to prepare, not only in a professional kitchen, but also at home. (Nearly 100 of our favorites are included in Chapter 15.) The resort's kitchen quickly learned to turn out copious quantities of food that tasted good while nurturing our participants' health and well-being. p. xix
"At $4000 for my primarily educational program compared with $100,000 for bypass surgery, perhaps it just wasn't bringing in enough revenue for the hospital." [...]
"I anticipated an enthusiastic response from the hospital administration, but after lengthy discussions, they decided that associating themselves with MS patients might stigmatize the hospital since these patients never seemed to get better. I also wondered whether the limited opportunity for profit might have also been a consideration".
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