Hi all, I wasn't sure whether to post these questions here, start a new post, or post in the Star McDougaller section. Anyway, I'll try here. I'm confused! The debate was one of the first things that I watched, and it reminded me of Dr F's idea to eat a big salad before each meal, and of Dr McD's idea in the MWL book to balance meals (more green and yellow veggies/less starch for more rapid weight loss). I right away started adding the big salad and more veggies. Then, later I went back and heard Dr McD's lecture on the starch solution. In this lecture, he says that his recommendation for hasty weight loss in the MWL book was not good, because it would leave one too hungry. I guess I'll go back to about 50/50 with starch and veggies. Does that sound right? Also, in the debate and his lecture, Dr McD mentions the high protein content of beans, and the high nutrient level. He discusses limiting beans, which I already do. In his Dec newsletter, though, where he talks about SAD eaters adding more starch, one of his suggestions is 2-4 cups of lentils or beans per day. Is this only because they are eating SAD?
So, should I limit beans/legumes to half a cup a day, and do I do 50/50 with starch and veggies? I need to get this exactly right - after losing 50 pounds from late 2008 to late 2009, I regained some in 2010 and part of 2011. I had some real "excuses", but I'm through with using them now!! I have about 40 pounds to lose, and it is happening in 2012!! I've already lost 10 in late 2011 and early 2012. Thanks, and take care, LauraA
I think Dr. McDougall was giving options in the "Eat More Starch" newsletter article. He does say you can mix and match the starchy foods he listed to get the additional 600-900 calories daily. Most people probably wouldn't add ONLY 2-4 cups beans for their starch. Though I think if someone who only ate SAD in the form of fatty meats, dairy and processed stuff were to add 2-4 cups beans to that mess, they'd almost have to see improvements and find themselves eating less SAD because of all the fiber and the filling nature of beans. The ones who would have problems would be the ones who can't digest beans. They'd probably explode.
As for doing this exactly right, I don't know what that means for you. What's exactly right looks different for everyone. We're all human, but we're not clones.