The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss

The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss

The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss

Drawing on the latest evidence about nutrition, metabolism, and hunger, an easy-to-follow weight loss plan places emphasis on a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet while explaining how weight is lost and gained.

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  • First Things First "captainreflection"
    406 of 414 people found the following review helpful
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    I lost 40 pounds in 4 months, June 20, 1999
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss (Paperback)
    I think this is the best diet information available. I had read fit for life a few years ago and followed that for a while and put on some weight, I tried high protein diets and put on weight. I became a vegetarian and followed fit for life again and put on a lot of weight. I had read about how vegetarians were all skinny but the book never mentioned that eating oil, nuts, tofu, and peanut butter would cause weight gain. I picked up this Mcdougall book in September 1998 at a weight of 183 pounds (at 5″6). I followed it to the letter (except that I drink lots of black coffee) and I went down to 140 pounds in 4 months. I find it very easy to follow although I have not gone to any restaurants since I started which would be difficult. It is also important to mention that during this time I was eating huge quantities of the required foods and I had no time to excercise; so there was absolutely no deprivation whatsoever. I’m still on the diet and have had no cravings for high fat foods or animal products. I’ve never felt better.

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  • Anonymous
    284 of 293 people found the following review helpful
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    Be Flexible if you have to be, August 27, 2001
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss (Paperback)
    Most people who reviewed this book are quite happy with the book, which is good, but there were a few negative reviews. It seems to me that those negative reviewers saw some benefit to this program, but saw some things in it they did not like. Well, I think too many people are caught up with being “perfect” and following diets/programs to the T. If you feel you need a bit more fat or oil in your diet, then add it, sparingly. If you want some pasta one night, then have it. I have lost over 80 pounds in 10 months on this program and I have been flexible. I eat vegan about 96% of the time, but I still eat a bit of shrimp once in awhile, or some egg whites. If I am too strict, I will most likely fail. I found a good balance. I think its okay to take away something from this book even if you are not perfect on it. It has a lot to offer.

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  • Anonymous
    165 of 171 people found the following review helpful
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    Lose All Your Extra Pounds, Feel Great, and NEVER Go Hungry!, January 31, 2002
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    First Things First “captainreflection” (Burbank, CA United States) –

    This review is from: The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss (Paperback)
    I have lost weight using two different methods in my 49 years of life. The first was to eat 1,500 calories or less every day and excercise 4-5 times per week. All of my food choices were healthy on this regimen, and my only complaint is that it took lots of effort to keep track of the calories I was consuming, and I was usually painfully hungry between meals and late at night. I twice lost around 30 pounds using this system.
    The other method I have used is the one developed by Dr. John McDougall, using this book and one other: “The McDougall Program”. This book is without question the one to use for efficient weight loss, the second more for maintenance and cultivating healthy eating habits for life. I give this book my highest recommendation because (a) it makes the best common sense of any “diet” I’ve ever heard about or been on…all you have to do is eat the world’s healthiest foods in whatever quantities you like so long as you follow the instructions, and (b) the results are fast, steady, and come with many other pleasant benefits. In my case, my complexion has improved, my facial color and tone have radically improved, my energy is great, and my bodily functions have all started getting in sync. In the first month I have lost around 12 pounds, and all I’ve been doing for exercise so far is walking 3-5 times per week for around 45 minutes to an hour.
    If you are not used to living without meat and dairy products, breads and refined grains, as well as other high calorie and fatty sources in the typical American diet, I would imagine that the transition could pose some challenges. (Don’t forget, I’m only talking about the “maximum weight loss” program now. However, since you never need go hungry, and the results are so spectacular, you will be richly rewarded if you just get into the McDougall groove and make the delicious and life-giving adjustments to what you’re eating he suggests. I have had the best success sticking with it thus far, by shopping much more than I used to, and cooking and preparing food every day. And yes, I have had a few “feast” days, where I ate some sushi, or a few bites of something made with oil etc. But I usually just stick with it because when you’re putting this much effort into something, it’s not too nice to backslide. Even when dining out with my wife and friends I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see myself checking carefully with the food servers as to the preparation of things, avoiding all oils, breads, and danger foods. A few times I very happily ended up with 2 baked potatoes with salsa, steamed veggies, a gigantic salad with vinegar and a squeeze of lemon, boiled beans etc. etc. My friends jaws dropped in amazement as I resisted every temptation! Dr. McDougall teaches us winning strategies for snacking, eating out, dining at friend’s homes, shopping, the proper amount of exercise etc. Give his program a try! You will be very glad you did!

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