Just wondering if any of you are on the mcdougall mwl plan or have heard about it etc. What do you guys think about it? Is it worthwhile and does it work?
basically though, he advocates eating a startch based diet and cutting out most or all oils, meats etc. The theory is that since our bodies were built to process starches, these help heal our body and go towards our natural weight and oils and other stuff serve as things which spoil our body.
I'm not officially on the plan, but I reference The Starch Solution a lot in trying to find recipe ideas or ways to tweak my diet. Potatoes are my favorite food so I love his diet philosophy and eat a diet that is probably pretty close to what he recommends.
For what it's worth, while not specifically the exact McDougall plan, I lost 35 lbs eating a mostly whole foods, low-oil, plant-based diet. I've managed to stay at a consistent healthy weight ever since, continuing to eat this way, and feel pretty fantastic.
I probably eat more fat (plant-based) than he recommends (I eat avocados daily, usually 1/4-1/2 of an avocado per day) but lost the weight regardless.
I am eating in accordance with the principle of McDougall / Esselstein / Ornish. I am trying to keep my fat intake at 10% of total calories. It is worthwhile, but difficult, as I must cook everything or eat raw fruits and veggies. There is little I can eat on the run that isn't pre-prepared. I have the occasional subway veggie delight without cheese, avacado, or oil or veggie sushi rolls like cucumber or radish. I am trying to reduce my total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as lose some weight. Let me know if you decide to try it. I find it better to adapt my own recipes and favorite foods to lower fat versions.