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The Starch Solution was my health Bible for a long time. I loved it and after finishing reading the book I totally embraced a High Starch Vegan diet. Who wouldn't like this way of eating, I mean I was having baked potatoes (no oil) for lunch with Corn Tortillas and beans for dinner. I even bought a microwave contraption so that I could make my own potato chips (no oil) At the end of twelve months I had neither gained nor lost any weight. My doctor said I was obese (yes, he had no bedside manners) I was adamant that my diet would work and following the advice of fellow "High Carbers" I tried to lower my fat consumption even more. I was 'frying' in water, completely eliminated oil from my diet. No more tahini or any other possible contributors that might affect my weight loss. Sadly my weight did not budge. Another doctor visit, this time for blood test. I was so excited because I believed with all my heart that the results would validate my diet. Sadly this wasn't the case. My cholesterol was up, my triglycerides were through the roof and my blood sugars were very high. I left the surgery in tears. How could something that make so much sense not be working for me? Well it is only now, six months down the track that I can reflect on what I think the problem was. I am pre diabetic and although I considered my diet healthy with all the vegetables and salad I was eating (along with the starches) It was mostly Carbs. Pre Diabetes plus Carbs = high insulin levels and an inability to lose weight along with high triglyceride levels. Another thing that I noticed was that by restricting my fat intake I was experiencing terrible mood swings. It was only once I rectified that (after stopping the diet) that I noticed my moods were much more stable. I believe that for the majority of people this diet would work. I witnessed first hand a number of people who lost a tremendous amount of weight following the diet. But for those who are older and have insulin resistance like myself, it is not going to work. I couldn't have tried harder but that was detrimental to my health.
This book is NOT a fast fix diet, but it does argue very sensibly for not omitting carbs entirely from your diet. Free sugars and bad fats are the baddies, but most people know that by now, anyway. For a maintenance diet, or for a slow steady loss of a few pounds, you could do a lot worse than this book, and once you've ploughed through all the science and case studies, there are some good sensible recipes at the end. I like it a lot, as I'm a carb lover, but it might not appeal to everyone.
Great book. I have only lost 2 lbs so far. And it's been a month. I will continue to eat this way for a couple more months to see. Losing very little weight is not a big deal, because I feel great. I no longer need or want a nap. I have so much energy, I have never felt like this before.
Everyone should read this. It's a scientifically validated way of eating that is healthy, filling, tasty and cheap.
I needed to cut dietary cholesterol and came across this in general browsing. It convinced me to give up animal protein about 2 months ago. Basically it's going vegan, but not for the normal reasons.
I haven't missed it at all. I eat whatever I want, as much as I want. Including chips, crisps, pizzas, curries, etc. Loads of variety and flavour - more in fact than when meat/fish etc are in the recipe.
I am not being 100% strict on the dairy side - as it's for my health and I can be flexible. So I have allowed an occasional a bit of cheese when it's an ingredient - eg on pizza. I tried a bit of fish and chicken the other day, just as a protection against eating somewhere where there is no alternative, but it didn't do anything for me - less taste than the veggie alternative.
Results = I have lost about half a stone and feel great.
This book has totally changed my way of eating. I've been trying to switch to a plant based diet, but until reading this book, was not successful. There are so many health benefits from eating a plant based diet, and this book explains everything you will need to know to make the switch successfully.