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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, 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

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"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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This is the BEST and Most Effective Plan for Me!!

In the past, I have tried many things to lose weight. However, this is by far, the best plan I have ever followed. Plus, I believe in the plant based diet, because it is the original diet for mankind (Gen. 1:29 & Gen. 2:8,9,15,16) AND it has turned my health around in many ways. With this lifestyle, I immediately experienced weight loss, a drop in my blood pressure, and NO hunger! I am so glad that I can enjoy my starchy foods while losing weight and supporting good health.

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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.

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What an incredible book! Thanks Dr McDougall!

I've been a lacto-ovo vegetarian since 2005. And yes, I changed because I value animals' lives as much as I do mine. But when I noticed recently how changing my diet to a more plant-based diet also made a significant difference in my health and the environment, I was in. I ask myself if I can do better, and the answer is always a resounding yes.
My carnivore hubby has even adapted his food choices as he looked into this book. He's in the medical profession and now he's feeling the benefits of a more plant-based lifestyle as well. I notice I sleep better, feel lighter when I wake up with more energy, my grocery list is less expensive, I can eat all I want, and I have lost a few pounds! What's not to like?! The story, the science and nutritional facts and testimonies make it even better. I have listened to this book already once in one week when I take my walks or when I'm at the gym. I look forward to listening to it again. I have also downloaded the Dr McDougall food app and I'm excited to try all the recipes. I have tried a few already and they are great! I love the dressings and sauces.

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A plan that works!!!

At first McDougall’s plan seems totally counter intuitive. But stick with the book. His argument is compelling and eventually sounds logical. I started his “diet” when I started the audiobook (yes, I cheated and looked at the last chapter first). In just the 5 days it took me to get through the book I lost 4 pounds AND my chronic heartburn!! I’m 65 and know that I have finally found a real longevity program. More benefits ahead!

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Good book

I liked this book and it had a lot of information but it's was lacking something for me. There are a lot of sources in this book that he uses including scientific research but, there a lot of conclusions drawn between certain causal relationships that were not backed with scientific evidence. He would talk about confounding variables for pro-animal product studies, but then draw conclusions that disregarded possible variables from other studies.

My food bible for years has been It Starts With Food and I found this book similar. It was surprising to me how similar the two philosophies are.

Did it work? yes I tried the starch solution plan over the last week and have lost 5 lb so I guess it works. It was also rediculously easy to follow. I had no cravings and my body easily adjusted. My grocery bill was also rediculously small. I'm talking $25 for a whole week in Los Angeles. I can see myself continuing for the foreseeable future.

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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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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.

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Not a Standalone “Diet” Book

Having recently finished such human diet books as How Not To Die, The Campbell Plan, and The China Study, I was excited to learn more about optimizing the human diet. This book, for me, became a tool that taught me less about nutrition optimization and more about combating my own aversion to starchy foods. “Carbs” have become the enemy of people who go on diets, and I had internalized that idea. This book encouraged me to drop those biases. I was particularly fond of Dr. Michael Greger’s tools (in How Not to Die) for optimizing health, but in conjunction with this book I feel more equipped to fully embrace starchy foods and the nutrition and they provide.

My main critique of this book is that it seems to sugar coat (pun intended) the recommendations of foods to limit. The advice to eliminate animal products is unflinching, but I believe if McDougall had gone a step further to say that including such things as sugary and processed condiments should only act as a transitory crutch to help wean oneself off of processed and animal foods, then the nutritional advice would have been more capable of truly revolutionizing an individual’s health. As it stands, however, McDougall does a great job of encouraging those disheartened by the prospect of giving up their beloved starches in the pursuit of health—by reminding them that starchy foods have been and will continue to be a part of a balanced and health-promoting human diet.

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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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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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  • 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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  • Jonoman32
  • 11-13-18

very helpful, great info and a doctor I trust.

a great addition to the china study book which also supports a plant based diet.

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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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  • M. King
  • 06-17-18

Just too scary

This guy would have you eating nothing.
I am already a vegan, and eat very little junk or processed food. Yet this guy has managed to make me feel like the most unhealthy person in the world, as if I am deluded and should be ashamed of myself
I already go along with many of his theories, that we should avoid animal products (not only for health!) and that most people eat way too much protein. That's why I bought the book, to vindicate my long-held belief that starches such as whole grains and potatoes are good for you and together with vegetables form the mainstay of a healthy diet.
But when he started to say olive oil, nuts and seeds and soya shouldn't be eaten either, I stopped listening. So perhaps he's right, but I can't live on carrots. I'm not allowed tea, coffee or alcohol either...I'll just kill myself now, shall I?

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  • Parmdeep Jagdev
  • 02-15-21

Interesting yet flawed

Starts out as an interesting book promoting plant based eating and starches, goes on to assume all meat eaters are horribly unhealthy. Makes claims that the only diet we are designed to eat is vegan, goes on to say that you will need to supplement B12 after saying vitamin supplements are making you ill. I’m currently whole food vegan and enjoying it, but this book made too many assumptions on diets around the globe. Interesting book, but some things I didn’t agree with

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  • Karen
  • 11-01-20

had higher expectations

Its a quick listen, I was expecting more on the actual diet itself. Its more of a book about what not to eat rather than what to eat. He says stay away from fats but his recipies have cashews etc in them, lots of pasta which bloats. I'm still a little lost as to what to eat bar veg, potatoes, rice, pasta. I tried the French toast in a non stick pan and it stuck, it has a lot of calories in it. I'm 4 days in and even eating enough calories I feel so lightheaded. I came from a vegan diet anyway so I wasn't eating any junk food so its not a huge jump or any type of detox. I feel some of the information is out of date, Id like to see an updated version.
Maybe the actual book has more in it but the audio book just ends and I don't feel like I'm any better off. I'm left with a lot of questions. I am going to continue this way of eating for a while anyway to give it a good chance. I'm using YouTube to get more information from a girl known as Plantiful KIKI...she is a great source and has great recipies . I'm a bit disappointed if I'm honest. Ill listen a second time incase Ive missed something

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  • S. Coombes
  • 05-04-20

Very educational and makes so much sense

Great book. and I've been eating this way for a few days. already lost weight. not craving biscuits like usual and feeling full. easy to listen to. I will listen to it again :)

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  • K8
  • 04-14-20

Makes total sense

Read it before now I've listened again. It makes total sense! Mashed potatoes, loose weight. Win win

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  • Love for all
  • 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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  • Liam
  • 11-14-18

Specious Vegan Logic

The book often speaks in half truths, sudo science or carefully selected facts supporting the vegan diet while quickly glossing over or completely omitting the detrimental health effects or nutritional shortcomings it entails.

The statements about starch based food being calorically low, good for energy and helping to prevent hunger and craving are definitely true and helpful. The trouble begins when he scapegoats other foods like eggs, olive oil and meats that are just as (if not more) important in terms of nutrients. He provides little to no true evidence as to how these are bad for you and used half baked or anecdotal "evidence" in its place. He often used correlation as proof as causation in this respect.

The diet can work for some for many of the same reasons other fad diets often do. The restrictive nature of foods that you can eat will lead to you eating only out of necessity. You are likely to end up with a caloric deficit day to day simply because of the unpalatable nature of the diet proposed.

This is a book that pushes the vegan diet under the thinly veiled pretence of health.

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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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  • dennise
  • 04-15-21

Sick of feeling sick on the latest diet craze?

I came to this book after becoming sick from the paleo and sugar free crazes. I guess I was finally ready to hear real anecdotal stories. I got that plus real science. This audible is narrated by an American and is easy to listen to. Be prepared to find out what billions of traditional peoples already know.

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  • Nicola
  • 01-06-21

Love it!!

Great book and can’t wait to try and become healthier
Easy to listen to and I’m excited to base my eating around spuds!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-20

Ok

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-19

Great Book

This is a great book. I've read the original book twice and this audible version is perfect for busy people on the go. Packed with a lot of information, research and backed up by a lot of references and studies. I highly recommend it especially to the skeptics who want to understand the truth about food.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-19

Excellent narration

Very easy to listen to this narrator. Which allows me to absorb all this brilliantly explained information. Excellent book.

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  • Natasha K Wood
  • 09-20-19

Interesting book only recipe PDFs avail in library

I had been wanting to read this book for a while and it was quite interesting. I feel it would have been easier to listen to and digest if it was read by Dr McDougall himself. As it was it sounded a bit robotic and monotonous. Still, I’m glad I purchased it. The other thing I didn't realise was that there are helpful images (such as how to serve your plate) that are in the paperback version but have not been added to the PDF library which is disappointing.

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  • Dion Fowles
  • 08-02-18

Awesome book

This should be the go to book for anyone looking to improve their health, and have the fantastic side affect of a healthy weight loss experience, it is super simple to understand and to follow, I recommend this as it has worked for me.

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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.