After years of being a fast-food vegan I recently jumped on Dr. Mcdougalls plan after being introduced to the Engine 2 diet and doing further research.
I loved the way Dr. Mcdougall lays everything out pretty clear, but I still have a few questions...Background:
I exercise around 8 hours a week, if not more. Often swimming for 1.5 hours at a time (swimming pretty vigorusly on a team) and/or doing a plyometric boot camp type work out for around 45 minutes (okay, I do the insanity DVD's, I'll admit it!). I am trying to lose 15 pounds I've gained over the last year and also get in shape for a few endurance races I plan on doing this late summer/fall.My Questions:
-What should I eat to fuel these workouts and keep me energized? I've experminted with fruit and processed grain but they aren't allowed on the MWL plan?
-Could I still lose weight on a modified version of the MWL plan or even the traditional McDougall plan? Has any one lost a significant amount of wieght on the traditional plan and kept it off?
I am having a hard time cutting out all processed grains (i.e. tortillas, wheat-toast, spelt pasta, etc) on the MWL plan and still having enough energy for my day. Not to mention that I crave those little delicacy's way to much. I've read a bit about Mary's Mini Diet but I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep the weight off if I was able to lose weight by doing it and going back on the regular plan...Any experience or advice is certainly appreciated!
You may want to follow The McDougall Program, Twelve Days to Dynamic Health -- this was/is the original plan for health with weight loss as a by-product.
THE ESSENTIALS OF THE PROGRAM
As we have seen, the McDougall Program combines:
• A health-supporting twelve-day diet in which you eat starches,vegetables, and fruits high in complex carbohydrates and fiber and low in fat, and
• Judicious daily exercise (see Exercise, below).
You will be allowed:
• Unlimited amounts of the right foods
• Unlimited healthful snacks
You will not be allowed:
• Animal foods (meats, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt,etc.)
• Refined foods (see Chapter 3)
• Alcohol and caffeine (except in extreme circumstances—see Chapter 5)
You will be limited to:
• Almost no fat (no animal fat; no added vegetable fat; no high-fat plant foods)
• Reduced sugar
• Reduced salt
But the McDougall Program is more than just a twelve-day regimen; it is a whole new lifestyle. At the end of twelve days, you can expect to feel younger and more energetic, look better, and see measurable improvement in your weight, blood pressure, and laboratory blood tests. I hope this will convince you to continue the Program for the rest of your life.
One other suggestion is needed:
Don't be half-hearted about the deal we're arranging.
Some of you are quietly thinking: "I'll try out McDougall's program—sort of." You're planning to give it a one-or two-day trial and then cheat the moment you're tempted. Please don't do that. You'll hurt yourself more than you'll cheat me. Of course, for a while you'll miss the familiar taste of meats and cheese, chocolates and doughnuts, but that's no reason to merely reduce the amounts of these rich foods you eat. To continue eating old favorites in smaller quantities is a form of slow torture that will lead you back to eating the way you used to. And, you'll never be able to judge the Program fairly—or yourself, as a willing experimenter—if you don't follow it strictly for twelve days.
I believe not only that everyone deserves to have a slim and healthy body, but that everyone who reads this book—and follows faithfully the Program it describes —can achieve that goal. Right here and now, for your own sake, resolve to do the Program strictly for twelve whole days. It can be the most important resolution you'll ever make.
Here's a link to the book that you can read online to understand the basics -- yes, you can eat fruit and lots of it as long as it is whole, lots of whole grains, potatoes, so you'll have plenty of energy and stamina: http://www.scribd.com/doc/76203835/Twel ... mic-Health