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Protein Power: The High-Protein/Low-Carbohydrate Way to Lose Weight, Feel Fit, and Boost Your Health--in Just Weeks! Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 1997

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (Dec 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553574752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553574753
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 431 customer reviews
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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. Even fruit, also, butter, cheese, cream and olive oil. It is more balanced and healthful than most low carb plans so you don't get bored at all.

Unlike Atkins where you just eat protein till you feel full and have alittle salad and a small selection of veggies for your carbs. I used atkins a while back to lose a few lbs. but started getting dizzy and very crabby. Yes I lost a few pounds and almost lost some friends. That never happened on The Protein Power Plan.

6 month after starting the Protein Power Plan I had a complete blood workup. My Doctor actually called me on the phone and said, "Whatever You're doing, keep on doing it." he said, "I wish my levels looked like this! Everything is just perfect."
Lots of scientific stuff to read in the beginning of the book but I went straight to the diet formulas and read the science behind it in my leisure. It was Very interesting.
I just ordered the Comfort Foods book they wrote. I look forward to that because they use "real" foods and not packaged mixes that you have to buy especially for that recipe. You gotta love that! Most of the other plans have their own private mixes that you have to buy.
With this Diet and a good exercise program and good multi-vitamin I lost 60 lbs. of fat in one year while gaining lean body mass/muscle and strength.
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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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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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By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 29 2012
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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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