I have a question on the starch based diet. I've been told by various people that if I went on a starch based diet all of the starch will turn to sugar and I won't be able to lose weight. I've been thinking of going on the McDougal program because I want to lose weight but am worried about gaining weight with all the starch in the McDougall program. Can anyone give me some help on this issue?
Here's one possibility. The people who have told you that you will gain weight on a starch based diet are mistaken.
But here's a longer answer for you.
One of the main reasons why people gain weight is because they eat a high calorie density diet
. Think of calorie density in terms of either calories per gram or calories per pound.
When you eat a low calorie dense diet
you will feel full before you have consumed too many calories. On the McDougall diet you will likely be eating a higher volume of food. But you will actually be consuming fewer calories.
Look into McDougall's Maximum Weight Loss Plan (often called "MWL" around here). That program mostly eliminates flour based products like whole wheat breads and crackers, because of their higher energy density. You see, if you take a food and remove the water and fiber
this food ends up with a higher calorie density and it won't fill you up as much.
Avoid smoothies too.
So, what does this mean in terms of what you should eat?
You should eat:
grapes instead of raisins
whole wheat pasta instead of whole wheat bread
baked potatoes instead of potato chips
brown rice instead of rice cakes
And don't forget the non-starchy vegetables. Even though the McDougall diet is starch based, it does include lots of non-starchy vegetables like spinach, collard greens, lettuce, onions, kale and so on.
Does that help?