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The Starch Solution

Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!
Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 14-04-20

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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a great balance of science and practical advice.

great balance of scientific research and evidence for those who want to improve their health without harming others. family friendly recipes that won't break the bank.

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Fascinating facts

I was a little unsure about this at the start, as so much of what I had already learned regarding weight and nutrition seemed to be in contradiction with this. However, I am so pleased I persevered as this book is full of some good and valuable insights into health and wellbeing. If you take your life seriously then this is a good listen with much thought provoking detail.

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It makes nutrition so understandable :)

This book really explains to you in easy terms everything you should know about what to eat and how. Im really excited to try it :)

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  • Natshell
  • 06-07-17

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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  • TEXAS MOM
  • 03-06-17

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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  • Lynnric
  • 05-05-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-17

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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  • Marilyn
  • 19-03-18

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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  • Gary
  • 04-03-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-06-17

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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  • Cara Virostko
  • 23-03-17

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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  • Cecilia W.
  • 20-06-17

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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  • enthuz
  • 13-09-19

Lifesaving Information

I'm using this book and it's abundance of knowledge to transform my mind, body and health.

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