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With a heavy heart, we share the news of Dr. John McDougall’s passing. A visionary physician and author, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, mentor and friend, Dr. McDougall died peacefully at his home on Saturday, June 22nd, at the age of 77.

Maximum Weight Loss

Maximum Weight Loss Mini Course

Maximum Weight Loss Mini-Course

Learn the fundamentals of the McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss. We’ve designed a mini-course to help you easily learn the most important aspects of how to lose weight in a safe, sustainable and healthy way.

  • Lose weight effortlessly by eating your favorite starch-centered comfort foods like potatoes, beans and rice
  • Never feel hungry again – diets that limit food and leave you hungry do not work longterm 
  • Eat as much as you want of the right foods, when you want (with no time-specific eating windows)


This can be a temporary diet to reach your goal weight, as well as a lifestyle to keep the weight off for good.

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This mini-course is ideal for those who are new to the McDougall Program, as well as those who want new encouragement and a refresher on the principles of the Maximum Weight Loss program. For longterm success once reaching a goal weight, many McDougallers follow the principles of the Maximum Weight Loss program during the week and follow the regular McDougall program on weekends (allowing for more calorie-dense foods like bread products, nuts, etc).

Heather McDougall, CEO of the McDougall Program, shares her tips on successful meal planning for busy people and how to avoid over-complicating it. Heather answers your specific questions posed within this self-paced mini-course and shares valuable practical tips and advice.

To learn more about this program, you can read The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss – click here.

“If you haven’t eaten the best diet or lived a healthy lifestyle, now is the time to start. The body is very forgiving and has a tremendous ability to recuperate. You will be surprised and pleased by the results you experience on the McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss. Don’t waste another minute.” – John McDougall, MD

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Course Outline

Lesson 1Food Poisoning by John McDougall, MD | Learn exactly what to eat, what to limit and what to avoid on your weight loss journey while optimizing your health along the way.

Lesson 2The Truth About Weight Loss by John McDougall, MD | Dr. McDougall’s most recent lecture on weight loss, whether you’re aiming to lose that last 10 pounds or much more.

Lesson 3Meal Planning by Heather McDougall, CEO | Learn practical, time-saving tips for feeding a party of one or a large family.

Helpful Resources which includes recipe ideas and a PDF download of the Maximum Weight Loss and meal planning fundamentals. This is a time-saving and high-level overview of the most important points you should know. If you’re just starting out with this program, we encourage you to print out the most relevant pages to keep on hand to ensure success!

FAQs to summarize and reinforce key learnings that will help you on your healthy weight loss journey.

Answers to your questions posed directly within the course. Learn from other students and if you’ve been following the McDougall Program and are still having some problems, find your solution here!


Community Appreciation

“I’m really grateful for your books, videos, and this program. I started reading Starch Solution and MWL last year and dabbled with the concepts but finally jumped on board fully compliant in January. I am clear, committed, and now know how to keep it simple. I feel great, and know I’m on my way. Thank you again!”
-Lynn L.

“This was so so helpful, it’s the area I struggle with the most! Thank you for this presentation!”
-Sloane W.

“Thank you! I have lost the 36 pounds that I had gained in just 2 years. And it has been so easy and I have been eating so much (calorie density matters). Thank you and all of your team for your constant support to get the info out! xxx”
-Connie H.

“This [meal planning] video is amazing! Some really great ideas! Thank you!”
-Jennifer L.

“Even though I’ve been plant-based for 10 years, I couldn’t lose the extra weight I gained after having a baby until I learned these principles. I’m down 10 pounds with another 10 to go, and I’ve helped my friend lose 30! I’ll be forever grateful to the McDougall team for making this so clear, safe and easy.”
-Jamie R.

“I have found great benefits from eating plant based, whole foods, since my heart surgery, but have been cautious with some starches. I appreciate you opening up my choices!”
-Stephen D.

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