All About The McDougall Diet

The McDougall diet, created by Dr. John McDougall, is based on the tenet that limiting unprocessed food and increasing the amount of raw vegetables and fruits you eat will help reverse obesity prevent other lifestyle-related diseases.  The McDougall Diet is essentially a vegan diet which promotes complex carbohydrates and limits fat intake.

Foods that are encouraged or discouraged on the McDougall Diet

The McDougall Diet advises the avoidance of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and shellfish. Fats, oils and refined flour products are limited. Foods that are encouraged include whole grains, vegetables and fruit.

What are the pros and cons of the McDougall Diet?


  • Gives freedom from calorie counting.
  • Allows unlimited amounts of fruits and vegetables.
  • Helps you stay full at all times.
  • High in fiber and natural antioxidants which helps to fight against a lot of diseases.
  • Extremely low in fat.


  • Could be very challenging for avid meat eaters.
  • Too much restriction of dietary fat is questionable because dietary fat serves a number of important metabolic functions, including the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Eat at least 10 percent of your daily caloric intake from healthy, vegetable-based fats.


McDougall, J. A., M.D.; Free Program: Introduction; DrMcDougall.com;

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