And McDougall is an asparagus, beyond recommending that women maintain weights lower than the medical community at large recommends and also he is known for fat shaming people who have followed his diet but aren't skinny.
Ew, even to his own followers? What a crasshole.
Especially them. His mantra is "All dieters are liars." He just does not believe
that people can eat according to even his MWLP- Maximum Weight Loss Program (limited fruit, no nuts, seeds or flour products) and not only not lose but can still gain weight, even though so many people on his forums have reported that very thing happening. He says we must either be letting foods with oil sneak in or we're lying about what we're eating.
A few years ago (OMG! It's been 10 years already!) it looked like he finally got the message and revealed what he called the weight loss version of his program for people who were having trouble losing on the other versions, the Mary's Mini diet:https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2006nl/june/marys.htm
and more recently:
It's based on how he and his wife Mary ate when they wanted to drop a few pounds fast, inspired by how Mary ate in the past - some jars of babyfood squash or cans of plain tomatoes! Supposed to last just 10 days, but now he says it can be done indefinitely, that it's better to lose all excess weight as fast as possible, that people shouldn't sweat the micro-nutrients day by day, that it all catches up eventually. There's always people doing this version on the Mary's Mini Facebook community, and people lose anywhere from no weight to 10 pounds or so. So I guess even this extreme version of mono-eating (you can only choose one starchy food to eat for the 10 days) is still no guarantee of weight loss. His response? Eat less starch and more non-starchy veg. So much for this being a starch-based food plan.
ETA: I've been logging my food in CHRON-O-Meter while transitioning to lower fat, and even with eating lots of overt fats, I just can't seem to keep above 20%.
You're gonna have to ramp up the nuts and seeds and avocados to do that. You'll probably have to eat less starch and veg to make room for them.
And maybe no oil when there's lots of overt fats anyway (like an avocado- or cashew- HEAVY dish).
Back in the old days, he allowed things like Gimmelean and TVP, and nuts weren't as restricted as he (and his "Star McDougaler" fanatics) are doing today. Mary McD used cashew milk in many of her recipes; tahini and tofu were also used regularly. One of her favorite sauces, one Anne Esselstyn also said she adored, was loaded with walnuts. Of course, for people like me - post menopausal, 60+, and fat since childhood - we can't even think of being able to lose weight if we eat a lot of recipes like those. But health-wise, my BP and cholesterol (and energy levels) were best when they were included regularly.
As for the suggestion to use FOK recipes? Remember that many of the recipes on their web site also come from people like the McDougalls, the Esselstyns, and Chef AJ.
I'd rather be fat than nutrient deficient!
Yep. The food plan is no guarantee of excellent health. People on it have developed cancers, gall bladder problems, thyroid conditions, etc. I, myself, had developed a stress cardiomyopathy, and was recently diagnosed with a cluster of auto-immune diseases, all while following the program strictly since the 1990's. I only lost 60 pounds (out of the 160 total I needed to lose after gaining
30 on the program), and that was right after my husband had CABG surgery 3 years ago and we both ate very little of anything during his initial recovery period (he lost 30 during the same time). Oh, prior to his chest pain and surgery he ate what McDougall food I cooked at dinner but wasn't even veg otherwise, plus he ate a family sized bag of potato chips and almost a 6-pack of Coke nightly. Now he follows the program, with some Esselstyn recommendations, 100% and his cardiologist said he's the best post-op patient he has - excellent stamina, perfect blood work all without meds.
Why do I stick with it? If this is what happens when eating one of the healthiest food plans on earth, how much more messed up would I be if I wasn't