Why Am I Not Losing Weight on the Starch Solution?

The Starch Solution, written by John McDougall, MD, is a low-fat plant-based diet that focuses on eating potatoes, whole grain products, beans, vegetables, and fruit. The emphasis is on whole foods, no animal products, with no oil, no processed foods, and limited sugars. The goal of the Starch Solution is for optimal health, and many people follow it for weight loss. But what if you’re not losing weight?

If you’re happy with your weight, and not in a hurry to lose, or don’t live with a chronic illness, Dr. McDougall says to just stick to the basic Starch Solution diet. But if you’re following the Starch Solution and aren’t losing weight, are gaining weight, or have hit a weight-loss plateau, in his book on pages 192 and 216, Dr. McDougall shares tips to achieve maximum weight loss. Note: these tips are only meant to be followed until you reach your weight-loss goal.

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