I totally agree with Dr. McDougall's reasoning for using starch as the core of a healthy diet and I enjoyed the latest newsletter article. I am struggling with weight loss however, and every time I add rice or potatoes or bread or other starches to my meals, the pounds come back quickly. I am mostly vegan and just can't seem to find the right balance of foods and satiation and weight loss. If I eat lots of salads and vegetables, I am hungry again in a few hours; if I start adding starches, the satiation lasts much longer but the pounds reappear immediately, like the starches are magnets for fat. Anybody else had this problem? Am I not giving it enough time to work? (I regained the whole 7 lbs I lost in October when I added rice and sweet potatoes and my homemade whole wheat bread to my diet in November). This is my first post so let me know if I am out of order here.
Those 7 pounds probably aren't body fat. It's probably water weight. Starch can be a water magnet, but it's not really a fat magnet.
It's more work for the body to convert starch to fat for storage, but easy for it to store dietary fat. If you keep the added fats/oils out of your diet, you're not going to easily gain fat on your body. There can be many reasons for difficulty in losing weight or retaining water. You could explore those. http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/treatme ... htGain.htmhttp://www.answers.com/topic/fluid-retention
I remember one time years ago my sister told me she didn't like to eat chili because she gains five pounds the next day.
She also used to do body fitness/figure competitions several years ago. Sometimes she'd eat almost no carbohydrates--I guess so that the water stored in her body would leave making muscle definition more pronounced. Along with the water, she said a lot of her thinking ability also left. Low carb intake can make ya ditzy. The brain just doesn't work right without it.
The body is a marvelous machine. So much goin' on in there.