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on April 21, 2014
The Book has a lot of valuable information on how to change you eating habits for a much healthier lifestyle.
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on March 25, 2003
I hadn't tried a diet in many years and have steadily put on pounds. Most diets don't work as we all know. You may lose a few pounds at first, but then you can't seem to lose any more. They mess up your metabolism and cause your body to go into starvation mode. Which means it hangs onto the fat as if your life depended on it. After seeing the great results many I know have had with the protein diet craze I decided to try it myself. Even though I have only lost a few pounds so far I know this should work. The biggest flaw with most diets is that you have to limit your calorie intake so much you are hungry all the time. Also, your body is used to taking in so many more calories that it goes into starvation mode. Then it takes forever to lose the weight. I know that if I stick with it (and I think I will)this should work because you don't have to feel hungry on it. I am a little leary of Atkins plan though. A friend told me about his plan of starting at only 20 carbs a day before I had read this book. Me and my husband both felt sick within the first couple days. It is extreme. I like the Eades approach of 7-10 effective carbs per meal. I think it is a much healthier way to go. We switched to this method and now we feel fine after having done it for a week. As for protein diets being unhealthy, I think it is completely in how you do it. I have heard people say you can eat all this bacon, hamburger (without the bun, of course) and so on. I think that is asking for trouble if that is all you eat on this diet. We all know there are healthier choices of protein: skinless chicken breast, turkey, lean pork, and of course fish and other seafood. That doesn't mean you can't indulge occassionally. Since we have been on this diet we have actually been eating more vegetables than ever, no ice cream, and no fast food. How could that be unhealthy? If you read it you will discover which vegetables you can have more of without going in excess of the carb allotment. Spinach, leaf lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli, and cauliflower are some of the best ones. You can also have more mushrooms (which is great for me.) As far as berries go there are many that are low in carbs that you can have some of when you have a sweet tooth. You get to subtract the grams of fiber from the total carbs per serving so you can have more of those that are lower in carbs.
I have also seen the new food pyramid, which someone else mentioned. While it doesn't completely agree with this plan it does show some of the high carb foods that should be eaten very sparingly: white rices, pasta, potatoes, white bread, and sweets. That part is in complete agreement with this plan. Although I know that many are criticizing these protein diets as unhealthy. I felt that way too before I started on it. Being very overweight is unhealthy and it perpetuates itself. You are tired so you don't do as much as you could, which leads to gaining more weight. Or, you are depressed because you are overweight so you figure, why not eat what I want anyway? If you follow this plan I feel certain you can lose weight, lower your blood pressure, and have more energy. If that is a problem, which it is for many that are overweight. Atkins diet I'm sure you could also lose weight on and maybe faster at first since it is so strict. I don't think I could have stuck with that. This way I feel that I will be more likely to stick with, lose weight, and be healthier. Since you can eat more vegetables on it. The middle part of the plan and the maintenace even allow for more carbs, so when you lose your weight you will be rewarded in being able to allow even more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Looking forward to it!!
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on January 22, 2003
This book is relatively extreme in the amount of protein and fat recommended. The two diabolically opposed gurus are Dr. Atkins, with a recommendation of almost 90% of calories coming from fat and protein, and Dr. Ornish, who recommends only 10% of calories via fat and protein. Drs Eades recommend a diet much closer to the Atkins diet. They recommend eating as much protein as you can, and don't worry about fat. This is good advice for obese patients looking to lose over 50 pounds, but may not be a great maintenance diet. A better long-term diet would be more like the one Dr. Sears recommends in his "Zone" books, which is 40% carbs and 60% fat and protein. In fact, my balance is about 50/50 and I'm about where I want to be. Just remember to include a good amount of protein in every meal, and avoid large carb-ridden snacks, and you'll lose weight. As far as Ornish's diet is concerned, well, SOME people have an excellent insulin metabolism system and can handle 90% carbs, but most of us CANNOT. 90% carbs is ridiculous, and is the main reason for American illnesses such as Diabetes, Hypertension, and Heart Disease, and in my opinion, even Cancer. The theoretical and statistical basis for these claims can be found in the book entitled The Failures of American Medicine.
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on January 21, 2003
This is without a doubt the best diet I have ever tried...and the most medically/scientifically sound. I do wish they would stop dumbing down the process for determining protein intake, etc. For that reason I prefer the first book for accuracy's sake, but this one is LOADED with updated information that makes it a good companion to the first.
I had tried Ornish's plan in the past and my LDL levels were off the map as a result. I switched to PP and the return to health has been nothing short of miraculous in the eyes of my numerous doctors (one of whom is currently on this plan himself after watching my improvements!) I have PCOS and hypothyroidism. Ornish made the PCOS problems worse and did not help me in any way at keeping blood lipids in a reasonable range. The Eades's diet is amazing--it has totally made it possible for me to lose weight and conceive a child. I don't have enough stars to rate this book.
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on January 15, 2003
If I had received the book from the third party seller as promised I may be able to give a better review; however, Allnewbooks have yet to send a copy after more than one month. They recieved payment in less than one day, debited my account no problem, but seem to be less than willing to libe up to their end of agreements. Do yourself a large favor and order all products from someone else.
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on January 3, 2003
Carbs are our bodies' main source of energy, protein should only be for repairing and building! It has been established with extensive studies that too much protein from an animal source contributes to osteoporosis and kidney stones to say the least. Yes, milk causes osteoporosis.
While its good to cut out the white carbs; carbs from fruit, veggies and whole grains are essential to your health, no matter how fat or skinny you are!
Cut out animal products, white starches and sugars and get plenty of exercise and I promise you will get better results than the stupid protein plan. You don't need to be a doctor to figure that one out.
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on October 7, 2002
A BLOODY WASTE OF DOSH!
YOU CAN FIGURE IT OUT YOURSELF.........
SJW.
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on August 24, 2002
I'm an ex Army Master Fitness Instructor that has trained literally hundreds of young adults and helped them to lose weight, get in shape and recover from injuries, ... The carbohydrate heavy food pyramid has been discredited by many if not most of even the most conservative health practitioners. It is even about to be yanked and revised by dramatically lowering the suggested carbohydrate intake. Study after study has revealed how easilly carbs are converted into sugars and stored as fat. More studies have also demonstrated that those folks who restrict fat intake lower there cholesterol all right....even the good cholesterol (HDL) and restricted fat diets can even cause an increase in triglyceride levels. This is probably the best book on the market right now for those who want to lose fat effectively and safely.
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on June 30, 2002
Another strong argument from the Eades pair on the insulin-lowering (and consequent benefits to the immune and other systems) effects of a low-carb diet rich in antioxidents and omega 6 fats.... or, "natural" eating. If you follow this plan to the letter, you will lose weight (as you will with any calorie reduction combined with increased exercise) and enjoy great health benefits.
The Paleolithic argument... well, they can get a little wacky romanticizing it. Exercises like "Defending the Camp?" "Bringing Home the Buffalo?" Am I the only one who found this hilarious? And then they warn against working out to the point of exhaustion. Yes, I'm sure our ancestors were careful to take it easy in their daily struggle to survive. Sometimes you can fall a little too in love with your own great idea (we are still Paleolithic humans) and get a little binary on it (everything paleolithic: good. agricultural: bad).
My biggest argument with the book is the authors' advocating lots of sun exposure (without burning, though)... I think they should make some sort of acknowledgement to the modern problem of depleted ozone layer and increased UVB/UVA radiation. I agree that at one time the sun provided merely benefits, but we've changed that, haven't we? Just as we haven't evolved to benefit from the Twinkie, we haven't evolved to reap only good things from today's sun. Just ask seasoned construction workers, who only in the past decade have begun burning. Scary. So, Drs. Eades: please be careful what you tell people regarding the sun. It ain't what it used to be.
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on June 19, 2002
If you need to lose weight and you follow the Eades' program, you will lose it! I learned about the Protein Power book from my uncle and aunt who had very high blood pressure for years and were able to finally stop taking their medicine after reading and following PP. My parents and brother stuck to it and lost weight and looked great. My mom's friend went from a size 22 to a size 4/6. After having a baby, I tried everything (running and low calories) to lose the 10 lb I gained and couldn't lose an ounce so I'm doing the program and finally starting to lose. I had to buy the Protein Power Lifeplan to see what else the Eades' had to say. I agree w/ most of the book, the scientific parts of it. I think the Paleolithic junk is pure foolishness. All the evolution mumbo-jumbo was laughable and certainly not science. No one was there to observe all these "early humans," but still the book is just loaded w/ "scientific" information and "facts" on these people. If I could cut out the Eades' evolutionary religion (which covers about half the book) then I would've rated the book "5 stars". The program truly does make you feel 100% better and you lose weight to boot! By the way, if you want a more believable take on how the world began (instead of having faith that our magnificent bodies and this earth just evolved from nothing) then read Genesis. But that would mean that God would have to be acknowledged, and that's exactly what the Eades' and other followers of the evolutionary muck are trying NOT to do, right?!!
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