There are many ways to eat a vegan diet, but the one that has gained popularity in the last decade is high in carbohydrates and low in fat. While many experts say that carbs make you gain weight (which is why the ultra-low carb keto diet is so popular), Dr. John McDougall believes that eating whole-grain plant-based foods can actually help you lose weight. He wrote all about it in his book, published in 2013, called The starch solution.
What is a starch solution?
The starch solution is a vegan diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat, with an emphasis on eating whole plant-based foods, no butter, no processed foods and limited sugars. Do not eat any foods that come from animals, and focus your diets on starchy foods such as whole grains, potatoes, vegetables and fruits. Dr. McDougall̵
What makes the Starch Solution so accessible to everyone – especially to someone coming from the Standard American Diet (SAD), rich in meat, dairy and highly processed, nutrient-poor foods, is that you can still eat your favorite foods that have been banned from other restrictive diets, such as bread, pasta, burritos, pizza, pancakes and ice cream. You just have to eat healthy, with a plant version. Keep reading to learn which foods to focus on, which foods are out of the plan, which plant-based foods to avoid if weight loss has stopped, and what experts think about the starch solution.