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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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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.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Another “Diet hard” theory supporter

For those who do not know, please read “the big fat surprise” to find out more how the idea that “animal product is bad for you” started in the first place and enjoy those stories of Ancel Keys. As a researcher myself, i can tell you all that there are plenty high quality researches out there to show that Key’s assumption that animal fat consuption leads to heart disease has been proven otherwise and i cannot believe the author still use blood cholesterol as a marker of health in this book (not diffentiating LDL, HDL, let alone bigger and small particles of HDLs).

Ive listened for 3 hours, listening to the narrator repeating that animal product is bad for you, without quoting one single research!!! You cannot just take some unproven assumption of Ancel Key’s and take it as truth. Thats how AFDA got the whole country on the low fat diet in the first place and guess what, they just secretly removed the fat restriction on american’s diet without making a big announcement of it. Too embarrased or to protect the current food industry at the expense of population health? I am returning this book as i do not like the fact that the whole book was based on the assumption that animal product is bad for you without any evidence supporting it. I have read and seen so many opposite opinions and know there are a whole world of scientific evidence to support the opposite view. If only the author would just look it up.

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  • A. Sveinsson
  • 17-08-2017

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
  • 16-08-2017

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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  • Jonoman32
  • 13-11-2018

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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  • M. King
  • 17-06-2018

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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  • Love for all
  • 07-06-2017

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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  • Hayley
  • 08-09-2019

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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  • Robin R.
  • 09-08-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-2019

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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  • Hqmpest
  • 10-01-2019

A great way to review your health and lose weight!

A well written book with many convincing arguments to gaining back your health while at the same time losing weight and keeping it off. This is all about reviewing and changing your diet (what you eat) and not about starving yourself.

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  • Leo&#39;sMa
  • 26-03-2018

Great information

I enjoyed the book, found the narrator a little monotone though!
I think I should
Have got this as a hard copy rather than audio! I am following starch solution, some of the information appears to be a slight variation from Dr McD YouTube talks! Appreciate the valuable information though.

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