I’m considering McDougalling. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a an overview of the diet, from fatfree.com:
John McDougall has two formal dietary plans that he recommends: the 12-Day Diet and the McDougal Plan for Maximum Weight Loss (MWL). Both of these plans are nearly vegan, based solely on grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans. The MWL plan is for those persons with stubborn weight problems that don’t respond to the 12-day diet and severely limits consumption of grain products other than grains cooked whole — even bread made from whole wheat is eliminated.
The Twelve-Day Diet
Milk (for cereal or cooking)
Milk (as beverage)
Eggs (in cooking)
Eggs (for eating)
Meat, poultry, fish
Vegetable oils (for pans)
Vegetable oils (in recipes)
White rice (refined)
White flour (refined)
Refined and sugar-coated cereals
Coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and black teas
Colas and un-colas
NOT ALLOWED ON THE TWELVE-DAY DIET, BUT ALLOWABLE OCCASIONALLY AFTERWARD:
These high-fat plant foods (high in natural vegetable oils) can be used occasionally and/or in small amounts after you have completed the twelve-day diet and regained your health and appearance.
Soybean derivatives (tofu, tempeh, miso, high-fat soy milk)
Nuts and nut butters
McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss
Foods you should eat
All whole grains and whole-grain cereals, such as brown rice, corn, oatmeal, barley, millet, and wheat berries; many packaged grain cereals, puffed grains, and other healthful cereals.
Squashes, such as acorn, butternut, buttercup, pumpkin, and zucchini.
Root vegetables, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams.
Legumes, such as peas, split peas, black-eyed peas, string beans, and such beans as chick-peas, lentils, and adzuki, navy, pinto, and black beans.
Green and yellow vegetables, such as collard greens, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, cabbage, various types of lettuce, and watercress; celery, cauliflower, carrots, and asparagus, and tomato.
Fruit, such as apples, bananas, berries, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, and pears. (Limited to two servings per day.)
For most people, simple sugars, salt, and spices used sparingly at the table rather than in cooking.
Avoid the following:
All red meat, including beef pork, and lamb. All are rich in fat, cholesterol, and other harmful constituents.
All poultry and fish. Poultry has about the same amount of cholesterol as red meat, while fish varies, depending on the type. Some fish are higher in cholesterol than red meat, others lower.
All dairy products, including milk, yogurt, and cheese. All are loaded with fat and cholesterol. Low-fat dairy products are not recommended because of potential health hazards, including allergies, childhood diabetes, arthritis, and lactose intolerance.
All oil, including olive, safflower, peanut, and corn oil. Oil is simply a liquid form of fat.
All eggs. Eggs are abundant in fat and cholesterol.
Nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, and soybean products (including tofu, soy cheese, and soy milk). Soybean products are high in fat, unless they have been specially processed (low-fat varieties are also not recommended).
All dried fruit and fruit juices
All flour products, such as breads, bagels, and pretzels. The less a food is processed the better it is for weight loss. Flour products are composed of fragments of grain, or relatively small particles, which increase absorption and slow weight loss.
One of my gripes about his diet is cutting out all soy products. One size doesn’t fit all. The McDougalll diet might work for one person and not for the other. This diet isn’t suited for everyone. I think I’m one of them. Cutting out soy products would be almost impossible for me. I’m on a REALLY tight budget and buying rice milk in place of soymilk is one expense I don’t need. Soy products are high-fat(4 grams of fat per serving). But it’s from plant sources. Another gripe I have about the McDougall diet is excluding all dietary oils…Moderation is key here.