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Publisher's Summary

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, best-selling author John A. McDougall, MD, and his kitchen-savvy wife, Mary, prove that a starch-rich diet can actually help us lose weight, prevent a variety of ills, and even cure common diseases. By fueling the body primarily with carbohydrates rather than proteins and fats, listeners 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 listeners shed pounds, improve their health, save money, and change their lives.

©2012 John A. McDougall (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The book's solid scientific information and feasible regimen make the McDougall case for starches quite persuasive and promising." (Publishers Weekly)

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Awesome book

Awesome book, I've lost over 50 pounds in 5 months. I highly recommend this book. Was on blood pressure meds for 22 yrs. I was drug free in month 3.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great For Vegetarians Looking to Improve Health

I know a LOT of my fellow vegetarians who live on really unhealthy food and i also know a lot who have lost a lot of weight and improved their health by following Dr McDougall. I have already corrected a lot of health problems and lost some weight but I'm hoping to lose more weight and make this lifestyle more sustainable and satisfying.
The recipes are really good! My kids love the pancakes and desserts and I just love eating all the potatoes i like!
If you want to get off insulin, blood pressure drugs, reduce pain from arthritis, alleviate autoimmune disorders, have tons of energy and alleviate gut issues, this is worth a try.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Read this and Proteinaholic

I've read this a few times and every time learned something new. Read/listen to this and the book Proteinaholic (also on audible).

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A MUST READ BOOK!

So much information. Great insight. I couldn't stop listening. Rethinking how my diet affects the planet! And here I had bought this looking for a weight loss solution. Thanks Dr. McDougall!

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Life changing, life affirming

This book could have been titled The Simple Starch Solution because Dr McDougall really does make it simple to understand and easy to follow how to bring health and heading to the table every day.

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Everyone should read this book!!!!

If everyone read this book, the world would be a berter place! If only everyone knew........

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wanna be healthy/lose weight? eat starch!

wanna be healthy/lose weight? eat starch! simplistically revolutionary! a great education on foods and health.

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Miracle

Thanks to forks over knives it has led me to this book. I’m 1 month in and already I am noticing major differences. I’m not craving the junk anymore. And I’m satisfied and best of all guilt free. My blood pressure has gone down, urine odor isn’t strong anymore, my chin splints aren’t hurting anymore when I power walk on incline. I’m using the restroom more often.. which I never went more the 3x a week and it wasn’t heathy! Anywho!!! I’m elated.. make a decision to reverse your healthy every thing else follows!! Great book!!! Lots of information!!!

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So informative!

A very easy listen. Everything makes perfect sense and because of it I'm going to change my diet. The book has helped me confirm that my health comes first and that there's a community of people who have gone through what I'm experiencing (the difficulty of letting meat go) and have changed for the better.

It's difficult to refute the facts McDougall lays out. I'm going to walk this path.

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Everyone will love it!

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I never knew!

I never knew so many key pieces of health information, so important to good health!

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  • ramendra
  • 06-07-17

great book for your health and losing weight

this book is very helpful to make you feel full satisfied and lose weight, and reduce the chance to get dangerous disease

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  • ELIZA Doolittle
  • 11-05-17

Invaluable Information For Good Health

Eye opening information to improve your health and well being. Simple, inexpensive and incredibly speedy results. Would highly recommend to anyone suffering any kind of ailment. The impact is outstanding. Only wish I knew about the Starch Solution decades ago.

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  • A. Sveinsson
  • 08-17-17

Life changing information

Most of us are so misinformed about what food is healthy. I thought I was eating well until I started looking into the actual evidence of nutrition and what effect it has on your body. You MUST read this book and others to educate yourself on how to feed yourself and your family. It could save your life. The other huge benefits of this diet are of environmental urgency and animal welfare.

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  • Miss C. Witczak
  • 08-16-17

information dense & very interesting!

now i want to buy the hard copy to be able to better retain information as listening while going to work has not allowed that :)

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  • Elizabeth
  • 03-11-17

Change your life with this one

Dr McDougall is very well known as a health guru. The starch solution really works!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-28-17

Great book for people who are tired of rubbish<br />

Great book McDougal is a great teacher and will show a way to be healthy and eat to your hearts content.

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  • Magnesium Oil Australia
  • 10-12-17

Nobody has died from eating rice vegetables yet

This is a confronting piece of research, sure to touch a nerve; whatever your eating habits are.

I studied nutrition at an academic level until I couldn't believe what I was reading and hearing any more. It just didn't add up, let alone make any common sense.

Do I agree with every recommendation set out in the Mc Dougall diet? Nope.The author does encourage open debate and (having a quick look through the website videos), isn't at all closed minded. There's some conflicting information within the book in places and it does go into rant mode periodically.

I found the overuse of testimonials and study after study references tedious, but someone else might hear just what they need to that day. The pdf file of recipes is a great reference, and makes up for a lot of the book's shortcomings.

One thing is certain, rice, potatoes and a rainbow of veggies and fruit making up your appropriate calorie intake will not make your life any shorter with disease, and they certainly won't kill you unless you choke on them.

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  • wendy sauer
  • 04-08-17

Well he scienced the hell out of that

Loved this book love the science love the logic animal products be gone!! I have lost 8lbs in my first 2 weeks thank you Dr McDougall!!! Loving the food and never hungry

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