Welcome to the McDougall community! The section in blue
below is from the very first thread in this forum, Maximum Weight Loss Guidelines
, in which Debbie listed the basics of the MWL program. Reading that entire thread (including the links that Debbie provides) should get you started until your book arrives and you have time to read it through. You will also learn a lot by reading posts on this forum and on the Star McDougaller forum -- "Stars" are folks who have achieved real and lasting results by following the McDougall program, and they share their experience to help those of us who are starting out.
The McDougall way of eating (WOE) really isn't a diet; it is the way most of us plan to eat for the rest of our lives to ensure optimal health. Oh, and as an added benefit, we lose weight, too!
You won't be measuring, you won't be counting calories, and you won't be hungry. That will make more sense to you when you get to the part about caloric density, but trust me, it works! Also, be patient with yourself. It takes a while for some people to get out of diet mentality, and it can take a little while for habits and taste buds to change. But stick with it, and don't give up if you feel frustrated or slip up. Like f1jim said in another thread, you get a fresh start three times a day!
Good luck, and I look forward to reading about your progress!
**************************************************************A reminder of the basics from the McDougall Maximum Weight Loss Book. All of these points are discussed in more detail in the book.
Below some links with more information about calorie density and the starvation mode myth and what McDougalling really is.
Program outlined in the MWL book, page 60.
1. Eliminate All Animal Foods
2. Eliminate All Oils
3. Eliminate All High Fat Plant Foods: Nuts, Nut Butters, Seeds, Seed Butters, Avocados, Coconut, & Olives.
4. Eliminate All Flour Products
5. Eat Whole Grains and Potatoes
6. Eat Legumes
7. Make Green & Yellow Vegetables One-Half to One-Third of your meal
8. Eat Uncooked Foods
9. Restrict Fresh Fruit to No More Than Two Servings a Day, and Avoid Dried Fruit, Fruit Puree, and Fruit Juice
10. Use Simple Sugar Sparingly
Guidelines for Healthy Eating in MWL book, page 67.
1. Eat until you’re satisfied
3. Allow time for digestion
4. Chew foods thoroughly
5. Restrict variety
http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2005nl/ ... ushing.htm
Its starch based not veggie based
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