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Overview Offering weight loss that enhances vitality without counting calories, a new program provides more than one hundred recipes that link up-to-date nutritional science with interesting and satisfying food
Publishers Description Drawing on the latest evidence about nutrition, metabolism, and hunger, an easy-to-follow weight loss plan places emphasis on a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet while explaining how weight is lost and gained.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 6" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1995
ISBN 0452273803 ISBN13 9780452273801 UPC 091857016009
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More About John A. McDougall
John A. McDougall, MD, has coauthored many bestselling books with his wife, Mary, and is featured in the documentary and book Fork over Knives. He serves as associate professor at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, CA, and teaches medical students at his clinic in Santa Rosa.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Mcdougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss?
Finally, a sensible plan for all! Apr 7, 2008
No hunger, no thinking about food all day -- only positive results -- immediately. This doctor has been promoting this program for years, so why isn't everyone who wants to lose weight and get healthier jumping on board? Dr. McDougall should be on national television each and every day until all hear his plan. It's fantastic! The book is well written, logical and easy to follow. Five stars is not enough -- this should have at least ten stars to share how important the message content is.
1 OF THE 2 BEST WEIGHT LOSS BOOKS! EVER!! Feb 27, 2008
I make no secret that the 25 pound weight loss I experienced without counting a single calorie or EVER being hungry (cuz humans are not supposed to be hungry if they can eat right) came from reading and following this book. It's easy, cheap, and you feel great! Much easier than a bi-pass (geriatric or cardiac), insulin or amputation for diabetes, and chemo for cancer...diseases that can be caused and/or worsened by obesity. This book, and the Maximum Weight Loss Plan by Dr. Neal Barnard are the best kept secrets, IMHO. These docs ought to win the Nobel Prize. They aren't on the take from any company or industry and are sincere about helping hundreds of thousands over the years, for free because they care. They have no money-guzzling supplements or products or scams. Have seen many lose incredible amounts of weight using these two books and still recommend them all the time. For those like me who have difficulty losing weight, you have to follow the book's advice about ramping up your green & yellow veggies, eating salads as much as possible. This way of eating is very similar to other cultures of the world where they have no diseases of affluence. Including the legendary Olympic running Kenyans. A Physician's Slimming Guide: For Permanent Weight ControlDr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes Without DrugsTurn Off the Fat Genes: The Revolutionary Guide to Taking Charge of the Genes That Control Your WeightThe Mcdougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or LessThe New McDougall Cookbook: 300 Delicious Ultra-Low-Fat RecipesDr. McDougall's Digestive Tune-UpMcDougall Made Easy
Choose your weight. Choose ANY weight! Nov 21, 2006
This diet works. That is the first and the last word.
You can eat as much as you like (of the right foods). You will never feel hungry. You can snack as much as you can bear.
Want your svelte twenty year old body back? This diet will do it.
Tired of carrying an extra fifty pounds? This diet will eliminate it without any sacrifice.
Giving up refined flour products (toast) was vital for this satisfied customer; weight loss went from 0 lbs back to -9 lbs per month. Amazing.
Requirements? A little will power. "Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda.
"Oh no. I couldn't do that. I couldn't give up (meat, milk, cheese, oils)" is your inner dragon talking. Try these recipes. You should notice that you are eating better than ever before.
(Full disclosure. Someone here kept eating 3-4 fish portions / month; purely for the anti-stroke effect, no doubt. Honest. But only 3oz / meal; after two weeks without meat that is a real feast; a Pritiken-sized portion).
These rare feasts helped compliance otherwise enormously. Willpower and self denial alone don't work in the long term. So you CAN eat the wrong foods. Just not every day. Or week. Or month. It is NOT that you can never eat meat, cheese etc again. It IS that you can eat them once every second Thanksgiving (or calculate % non-compliance here) ); which is as often as McDougall says he eats turkey.
Sauces are far more vital than rare feasts. General Tsao, kung pao, thai chili, teriyaki, black bean and mexican hot sauces all make the food an endless everyday treat. Happily they all meet the diet's requirements for limited fat.
Can't do it? Willpower of a gnat? That's a real pity. You could start with partial adherence; get used to it; then gradually increase the compliance. % compliance is entirely up to you. Better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all? Plus the secret is: following the diet becomes extremely easy as it becomes a daily habit. In about a year.
Now before we eat let us say grace. "Thank you Oh Lord for John and Mary McDougall's diet. Good food. Good drink. Good God. Let's eat."
Very good though not the best method Aug 26, 2006
Several years ago I lost a lot of weight with this diet. I enjoyed the food and felt very good, with increased energy. However, it works better for some people than others. There are a few possible deficiencies - Dr. McDougall is very strict on avoiding fats, and I found that unless I supplemented the diet with ground flaxseed every day (for extra Omega 3 fat) I began to develop skin problems. Also, it is a starch-based diet, and for many people, even healthy starches can impair weight loss and lead to food cravings and overeating.
Dr. McDougall is also excessively concerned about the consumption of even vegetable protein (which from all I can learn is not harmful like animal protein), so he encourages eating sometimes relatively nutrient-deficient foods like potatoes and limits more nutritious but protein-heavy beans, as well as limiting fruit for fear of causing high triglycerides. (The high triglycerides actually often are encouraged by excessive starch intake.) He also seems a little too comfortable with the use of overly processed foods like pasta (though not on the Maximum Weight Loss diet) and salty/sugary condiments, which can reduce weight loss for some people.
Much as I admire Dr. McDougall for his ground-breaking research and lifelong devotion to helping people regain their health, I do think that the very best weight loss book available today, based on extensive, thoroughly up-to-date research as well as years of clinical practice, is Dr. Fuhrman's "Eat To Live." This is the closest anybody's ever come to a diet tailored to the exact needs of the human body, both for maximum weight loss and maximum good health. I can feel the difference in my vitality and energy when I'm on Dr. Fuhrman's program, which is based on the most nutrient-dense foods available - green vegetables, along with fruits, beans, and a little nuts and seeds. Healthy starches, although still good foods, come a poor fifth in the nutrient ratings and are limited on this program, particularly for weight loss. After a while, you find that truly nutritious food is much, much more satisfying than anything else. I was really shocked to discover that eating enough romaine lettuce completely eliminated my bad food cravings!
Both weight loss and health benefits on Dr. Fuhrman's diet are if anything even more spectacular than on Dr. McDougall's, and in the long term I think Dr. Fuhrman's diet will result in the best level of health. I find it also more varied, more pleasant, and more flexible.
Dr. McDougall's program is a huge advance over most diets, and all his books are educational and well worth reading. However, for the most sophisticated yet simple information on how to reach your highest possible level of health and lose weight the most easily, you should also check out Dr. Fuhrman.
Too Austere Jul 23, 2006
I'm happy so many have succeeded at this plan. It sounded really good to me, but after following it for about two weeks, I didn't lose any weight and was very susceptible to refined carbs. Oh and I've been VERY bloated from all the high-residue foods.
Now, I've been vegan for some time so that was no problem. But to give up all breads & pastas was too much. Not to mention any nuts or nut butters. Or soy milk & tofu.
Ugh. I like T. Colin Campbell's ("The China Study") approach (though I didn't lose any weight either) of whole foods & plant-based.
McDougall's diet, while sounding great, is too austere for me. I'd much rather have fewer calories and include whole-grain breads, nuts, etc. Much more satisfying.
I did like the section on sleep-deprivation though and have noticed the depressing effect of normal sleep time. That alone was worth reading most of the book. But I wouldn't pay full price for it (I bought mine used).