The Starch Solution by John McDougall with Mary McDougall (Rodale Books, $26.99)
The program encourages people to solve health problems, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, using diets based on rice, corn and potatoes. John McDougall is a physician who helps people overcome illnesses with diet plans.
His best advice: "Eat more starch. Avoid fats and oils. The fat you eat is the fat you wear. Appetite-satisfying bread, rice, corn, potatoes and beans should replace fattening oils, cheeses and pork chops."
The biggest mistake dieters make: "Believing the fault is their own. They must stop believing there is something psychologically wrong with them."
"Dieting has focused on two approaches: portion control, which means being hungry, and severely restricting carbohydrates, which makes people too sick to eat. Neither approach can be sustained. Instead, learn the traditional diets of people. Corn kept the Mayans and Aztecs trim and healthy, potatoes once fueled the mighty Incas, and rice is still the staple of most trim hard working Asians. Learn from these examples."
One thing he wishes everyone knew about weight loss: Starches are known as "comfort foods" for one good reason: they are the right foods for people. Our natural cravings are correct. People love beans, potatoes, rice, corn, and sweet potatoes. In order to eat chicken or beef (think boiled) you must cover up their natural unpleasant tastes with salt, sugar, and spice in the forms of barbecue, steak, and sweet and sour sauces.