Thanks, Always Agnes- what I meant by getting it "exactly right" is that I want to follow Dr McDougall's MWL recommendations as closely as I can, and understand them as well as I can . He used to say that for the fastest weight loss one should eat one third starches and two thirds green and yellow veggies. He now seems to be saying that more starches are preferred. I appreciate that he recommends changes as more information becomes available, and just wonder if he is now recommending 50/50 or more starches than veggies. I certainly know that we are all different, and not clones, but would like to start with a clear understanding of his current recommendations. Take care, LauraA
I am eating the way you describe: 1/3 starch, 2/3 vegetables (including a large E2L-style salad after work), 2 fruit and 1/2 cup beans a day. According to the CRONometer I am getting 50 grams of protein a day, which is the right amount for my current age, height and weight. I am losing about 1 pound a week, which is excellent as I am within 10 pounds of my ideal weight and 15 pounds below my previous set-point weight. I also stopped eating all in-between meal snacks to put a stop to an out-of-control snacking behavior and now eat 4 times a day - breakfast, lunch, big salad in late afternoon, dinner. I have plenty of energy. Everyone is different. You need to eat in a manner that keeps you ON the program and for some that means more starch and more frequent meals. But after 10 years at 155 pounds I wanted to experiment to see if I could get my weight down another 25 pounds to 130 and that meant playing with caloric density and the CRONOmeter. If you want more details see my journal entries under Katydid's Keeping it Off.