The Starch Blocker Diet

by Steven Rosenblatt, M.D., Ph.D., and Cameron Stauth

Whether they’re low-calorie, low-fat, or low-carbohydrate, the vast majority of diets fail for one simple reason: people get hungry. And what people get hungry for most are breads, pasta, potatoes, chips, cookies and other starchy foods. Compounded by our sedentary lifestyles, the result is a national epidemic of excessive pounds. From coast to coast, 61% of adults and 40% of children are overweight. Even worse, dangerous obesity has doubled in the past twenty years to a whopping 33% of all Americans. Eating too much is now the second-leading killer, after smoking, in the United States, culpable for some 300,000 deaths per year.

What if it were possible to lose weight - and keep it off - without always feeling ravenous and while still regularly enjoying sandwiches, spaghetti, mashed potatoes, fried rice and even dessert? It is - with the groundbreaking, simple, safe and dramatically effective strategy presented in THE STARCH BLOCKER DIET (HarperResource; May 1, 2003; $23.95). One of the country’s premier doctors of integrative medicine, Steven Rosenblatt, M.D., Ph.D., teams up with Cameron Stauth, an experienced medical writer, to show how to reap the benefits of the most significant scientific breakthrough to date in the history of weight management: a new formulation of a natural supplement derived from legumes, taken before meals, binds with the enzyme that digests starch, to reduce the absorption of starch calories—by as much as 66% according to a recent pilot trial. Since carbohydrates provide nearly one-half of the total calories in the typical Western diet, the supplement could significantly reduce the total starch calories absorbed on a daily basis. What’s more, the process does not have any harmful side effects or affect the body’s absorption of the vital nutrients in many starchy foods.

“The beauty of this approach is that it recognizes the power of the natural human desire to eat, and does not try to subvert, alter, or deny this urge,” Dr. Rosenblatt notes. “This is the first realistic weight management program…the first one that relies on the power of science, rather than upon the willpower of people.”

Beyond merely prescribing a nonprescription supplement, Phase 2, THE STARCH BLOCKER DIET explains the science behind this powerful new way to lose weight and shows how to maximize its effectiveness by following a three-step strategy proven to shed pounds, boost energy and keep people of all ages healthy and happily eating for the long-term:

• Step 1: Redistributing calories - which doesn’t mean restricting them - to starchy foods
• Step 2: Taking emotional control over food - this new way of eating obliterates cravings and mood swings
• Step 3: Exercising - this strategy actually makes exercise more efficient, encouraging the body to burn fat and maintain peak vitality and well-being

Along with clearly explaining the clinical proof, Dr. Rosenblatt shares the inspiring stories of patients who used this method and not only lost weight, but gained a whole new outlook on life. He also answers the questions his patients most often ask about how to follow this strategy for safe, effective weight loss. To make this easy program even easier, the authors provide at-a-glance charts of starch-rich foods and their calorie ratings, plus sample seven-day weight-loss and -maintenance plans for people of various weights and activity levels. An added plus: more than 100 delicious, starch-rich recipes, many by award-winning chef Philippe Boulot, featuring “real food,” from Seafood Fettuccine to Deep Dish Pizza to Chocolate Hazelnut Shortcake with White Chocolate Cream and Berries.
Millions of Americans know, from painful experience, that denial-based diets don’t work. Drastically and wonderfully different, THE STARCH BLOCKER DIET will, simply, safely and surely, help people lose weight, stay healthy and feel remarkably better.

About the Authors

STEVEN ROSENBLATT, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician with degrees in psychology and Oriental medicine. Board certified in Family Practice, he is a leading authority on complementary medicine and has served as director of the Complementary Medicine Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has been featured on the Today show and in the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Dr. Rosenblatt lives and practices in Los Angeles, California. CAMERON STAUTH has written 17 books and is a veteran medical writer and editor whose articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and more. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


By Steven Rosenblatt, M.D., Ph.D., and Cameron Stauth
HarperResource, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: May 1, 2003
Price: $23.95 ($36.95 Can.)
ISBN: 0-06-054823-1

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