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Protein Power: The High-Protein/Low-Carbohydrate Way to Lose Weight, Feel Fit, and Boost Your Health--in Just Weeks! [Paperback]

Michael R. Eades , Mary Dan Eades
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Dec 1 1997
An effective, medically sound diet that lets you eat bacon, eggs, steak, even cheese?

It's true!  Lose fat.  Feel fit.  Stop craving.  Without counting fat grams and without giving up the foods you love.

Based on cutting-edge research, this revolutionary and deliciously satisfying plan has already helped thousands of patients lose weight and achieve other lifesaving health benefits, including lower cholesterol and blood pressure readings and an improvement or reversal of common disorders such as heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, and gout.  Developed by Doctors Michael and Mary Dan Eades, the simple regimen calls for a new way of eating: a protein-rich, moderate-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that will have you feeling better and more energetic within a week, and help correct blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol within three weeks.  So if you've been living the low-fat, no-fat way and still haven't lost weight, stop blaming yourself! Instead, turn to the breakthrough metabolic program that replaces lifelong dieting with lifelong health.

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If smoked salmon and cream cheese omelets, sautéed jumbo shrimp, and double-patty burgers suit your palate, belly up to the Protein Power diet: "Not a high protein diet" but "an adequate protein diet." Doctors Michael R. and Mary Dan Eades make a persuasive case in favor of "the diet we were meant to eat."

Similar to Dr. Robert Atkins's New Diet Revolution, the authors cite insulin as the main culprit in weight gain and expound the benefits of a diet extremely low in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates, which are changed into sugar during digestion, stimulate the body to store fat, making weight loss virtually impossible. The most revolutionary idea put forth in Protein Power is that the fat you eat has very little bearing on the fat you gain: in other words, we aren't what we eat after all. Researchers have found that eating larger portions of protein in conjunction with severely reduced portions of carbohydrates causes people to burn the excess fat stored in their bodies.

Protein Power is packed with helpful charts and formulas, so you can estimate your body-fat percentage and your ideal weight for your particular body composition. There are worksheets to calculate your protein need and carbohydrate and protein equivalency charts, as well as charts that allow you to track your fat and weight loss. But this book is not all grams and percentages: it also shows you what a day of eating on this diet would look like and includes sample menus and 70 pages of recipes. If you've been starving yourself for years and just can't seem to lose weight, this may be the diet for you. --Jhana Bach

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The Eades, who share a weight-loss and family-medicine practice in Arkansas, have each written a popular medical book?his is Thin So Fast; hers, The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals. In their first shared volume, they turn popular weight-management beliefs?and the latest FDA food-guide pyramid?upside down. For years, overweight Americans have been counseled to turn away from meat and fat and embrace a high-carbohydrate diet. Joining a growing band of researchers that includes Barry Sears (The Zone), the Eades discuss the biochemical roles of hormones in the metabolic process to demonstrate why low-fat, high-carb programs don't always result in weight loss and present a convincing case for their high-protein, low-carb alternative. The key is preventing, through diet, overproduction of insulin, which itself "controls the storage of fat" and is triggered by the ingestion of carbohydrates. Their eating plan?which is bolstered by lists of protein and carbohydrate counts for common foods, a collection of about 75 appealing recipes and discussion of the necessity of exercise?will lead, they aver, to the body's more efficent burning of fat, leading in turn to reduction in one's percentage of body fat. Cholesterol, vitamins, minerals and various risk factors are also discussed. Chapters end with fairly complete summaries that will be appreciated by readers who are not willing or able to work through the fairly extensive scientific data cited by the Eades in this iconoclastic program.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING April 21 2003
By A Customer
I have lost 50 pounds on this diet over a year and I feel simply amazing. My serum cholesterol/lipid levels are incredible. (LDL: 89, triglycerides: 84, down more than a hundred points from the days when I ate high-carb, whole grain and low protein.)
I cannot adequately emphasize how thoroughly it has changed my life and my health for the better.
Major myths about this plan and low carb eating in general:
-It is not true that you will overload your kidneys and liver and get stinky breath.
-It is not true that it is "just like Atkins" (it departs from Atkins on many significant points--the most obvious of which is that there is no induction of ketosis. Ketosis, although not considered a danger to someone with healthy kidneys, is totally irrelevant. Carb intake is not quite as restrictive as on Atkins.)
-This is not a "diet" so much as a sustainable and healthy nutritional approach.
-It is not a "fad diet." People have been eating low carb for CENTURIES. (How odd that these cultures which eat low carb tend to be healthier and have less CVD than those who do not, hmm?)
-Eating low carb does not mean you sit around noshing on bacon, meat, cheese and pork rinds all day. (The only difference between the way I eat and the way the standard American eats: my plate does not have french fries soaked in trans fats and a piece of bread around my burger. If I should choose to eat a burger, I will have a whopping side of healthy vegetables and nuts and I will *not* chase it with carbonated sugar-water.)
-People who eat low carb are not necessarily constipated all the time (on this plan fiber is theoretically unlimited. With all the veggies, fruits and nuts, etc. I venture that low carb people eat MORE fiber than most.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This plan works! Oct. 11 2002
Prior to finding this book, I was doing what all the "experts" were telling me, and cutting out all the fat in my diet. In one year, I dropped one waist size, from a 58 to a 56. Then I discovered Protein Power. In three months, I went from a 56 to a 48, and still going. (I have no idea what I weigh, my doctor's scale doesn't go that high.) This plan is amazing. (I refuse to call it a "diet", any plan that lets me eat bacon and eggs and cheese all day doesn't fit the term "diet"... so what if I can't eat bread, I don't miss it.) My only criticism of the book is that its recipe section is totally (pardon the expression) out to lunch, with weird recipes containing ingredients not normally found in one's own kitchen. Other diet books (Atkins, or the Paleo Diet) have better recipes. This diet isn't as restrictive as Atkins, it includes plenty of veggies, and it's easier to follow than Atkins. Belive you me, Protein Power works as advertized! (BTW, if after a few days you feel listless and no energy, it's because your body is shifting from carb-burning to fat-burning mode, give it a few more days to ride it out and you'll feel terrific.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid info Jan. 29 2012
By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 100 REVIEWER
This book focuses on maintaining good health but tells you how to achieve weight loss as an additional side effect.

Phase 1 of the diet recommends that you eat less than 30 grams (net) of carbohydrate a day (plus lots of healthy fats and a 90 - 120 g or 3 - 4 oz serve of protein with at least 2 meals daily, depending on your weight/size).

Phase 2 of the diet allows up to 55 g of carbohydrates daily.

The Maintenance Phase allows 60 - 150 carbs a day, depending on what works best for you and your body.

This advice tallies very well with the information given in books such as The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth About Losing Weight, Being Healthy, and Feeling Younger, Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats, The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series) as well as Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It. Each of these books recommends cutting down to around 60 grams of carbs or so daily in order to lose weight, and then upping your carb intake when you're at the maintenance level.

As someone who has been spent significant time on the Atkins induction phase where carbs were limited to 20 grams daily, I feel this is too low for some of us to feel our best and so I would personally recommend skipping Phase 1 of the diet, and going straight to Phase 2 where you are allowed more grams of net carbs daily.

It is far less stressful on the body to lose weight and restrict carbs more slowly and there are so many benefits in eating huge amounts of (lower carb) vegetables daily plus a little fruit; including that they are enjoyable to eat!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is what humans were designed to eat June 7 2014
By SMD5231
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The book is a bit technical but it can literally save your life. Buy it now and follow the plan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best March 9 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For anyone dealing with Type 2 Diabetis - this book is the best I have found and I have studied several. The book is not a difficult read - the advice is sound - and works when put into practice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book March 7 2013
By M
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Purchased it based on recommendation from friend. Didn't like the recipes but other than that material is solid. If you want to lose weight the healthy way. this is it.
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I was hoping this was the same book I gave to Value Village. I was very disappointed when I flipped through and found out it was different .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plan for most
The Protein Power plan is very effective and healthy, however, it is not for the hardcore carb-aholic. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks more like a text book!
Not very pratical unless you are harcore into a diet. I would reccomend The South Beach Diet instead.
Published on Aug. 21 2003 by Christopher Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect
With this great diet and exercise I've lost 60 lbs.
It's got formulas to compute how much protein you should eat. you get plenty of choices for carbs and fat too. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2003 by JM
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh no, not another fad diet!
I'm a curious, open minded person willing to try new things. I was skeptical about the amazing claims of the Eades--anything that sounds too good to be true probably is. Read more
Published on March 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Very descriptive on why this program works for a lifetime
The Eades have done their research and have years of experience in the field of nutrition but specifically the low carb, high protein weight management program. Read more
Published on March 11 2003 by Jackie M. Sthilaire
3.0 out of 5 stars Good !
I lost 56lbs on this diet. Still in the beginning stages (4 months). So far, I'm feeling ok and my Blood pressure has gone down. I am 34 tears old. I need to lose more. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars It works
I'm 37 and gained 50 pounds due to migraine meds. So I stopped the meds and tried everything imaginable. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2002
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