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Dr. McD wrote:You and your friends are used to looking at you at one size and now the change is difficult to adjust to and uncomfortable for many. Fortunately, people when they first meet folks who follow a healthy diet will likely think how exceptional they look â€“ they are not burdened by past perceptions. There is also the problem of envy from those who wish they could lose weight so easily and were as thin. They may say, â€śYou look so thin. Have you been ill?â€ť
A participant in one of our recent live-in programs in Santa Rosa asked me, â€śDonâ€™t you think Mary (McDougall) is a little too thin?â€ť My reply was, â€śHave you noticed our dietitian, Jill, our psychologist, Doug, and our administrator, Heather (McDougall)?â€ť â€śYes, theyâ€™re thin, too,â€ť she replied. My response was clear, â€śOur staff members are trim, vigorous, and young looking for a simple reason; they follow the McDougall diet and exercise program. You should be so lucky.â€ť
These are averages
Fresh Veggies are around 100 cal/lb
Fresh Fruits around 250-300 cal/lb
Starchy Veggies/Intact Whole Grains around 450-500 cal/lb
Legumes around 550-600 cal/lb
Processed Grains (even if their Whole grain) around 1200-1500 cal/lb
Nuts/Seeds around 2800 cal/lb
Oils around 4000 cal/lb
What they found is if the calorie density of the food is below 400 calories per pound, not matter how much they eat, they all lost weight.
Between 600-800 calories per pound, with some moderate exercise, they all lost weight.
Between 800-1200 calories per pound, people gained weight, except for those with very high activity levels
Over 1200 calories per pound, everyone gained weight.
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