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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 – June 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553380788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553380781
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (563 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

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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Customer Reviews

It was fascinating to read a diet book in which the science behind the diet was explained so clearly.
A Customer
If you can get past the first week or so you will be O.K. I finally feel like I'm in control of my life.
InNewbury
This book is very informative about your body, and how it works when you are changing the way you eat.
Rachel Meadows

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378 of 382 people found the following review helpful By Larry E. on July 25, 2000
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Dec 2008: I just came across this review and reread it. It is 8 years later and it is still all true. I have had to fight with my weight (I absolutely love to eat) and have had to remind myself that calories count as well. The news is that even after 8 years my glucose tests (A1C blood test) come back excellent, my cholesterol is still at the same levels and my weight is not quite as great as 8 years ago but it is still way better than 220 (I am at 180). I owe the continued improvement in my health to the premises in this book.

July 2000: The past ten years have been hell. I had high cholesterol, high triglycerides and Diabetes, Type II. I was totally unable to get my weight to a reasonable level. I was dieting, exercising, riding a bike 5 days a week, and doing everything I was told, but my weight hit a wall at 224 pounds.

I discovered Protein Power, read it and gave it a try. In only 8 weeks I had lost inches from my waist and dropped 20 pounds. Today, after 1.5 years I am in the best health of my life, I weigh 170 lbs, I have stopped taking the Lipator. My blood tests show that my cholesterol, triglycerides and sugar levels are all perfect.

The results are exactly what the authors predicted - control the Insulin enemy through diet and the body will clean itself up and function properly. They presented me an easy to understand explanation of what happens inside my body and how to control it. They gave me a life style and eating regimen I can maintain the rest of my life. My advice to you is buy it, try it and live longer and better with it. It is simple!
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282 of 284 people found the following review helpful By William Duffy on November 24, 1999
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I am an Engineering Manager working for a well known measurement company. As such, I have access to blood chemistry measurement equipment and I've used it to document results.
I've used this approach to eating for 18 months and I'd like to share the measured results. I am 49 years old and I am 6'4" tall. My weight has gone from 260 to 208. My blood pressure has dropped from 140/90 to 106/60. My Total Cholesterol has dropped from 217 to 174; my LDL is 127 mg/dl, my HDL is 50 mg/dl and my triglycerides are down to 78 mg/dl. These are all within healthy ranges. For those who believe that this way of eating is unhealthy I ask, what else should I measure?
Try this out; it may save your life!
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186 of 190 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2003
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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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121 of 122 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2000
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Well the Eades' have put a lot of things out there that many drs do not condone. But the bottom line is, it works. It works for many many people. Just like we do not all respond to the same anti-biotic, we do not all respond to the same diet.

I read Molly's review too. I also checked her history. She has added a blasting opinion to every protein-based diet book review section, saying the book is a waste of money. Few found her reviews helpful. So, take it with a grain of salt, since she is very anti-protein!

This diet may sound way out there. BUT, the Eades go into great detail, explaining HOW the cells utilize what we eat, HOW they react and WHAT certain foods do to them. I will never buy margarine again! I did not realize what it was doing INSIDE my body. I followed a low-fat diet for a year on the advice of my dr. I GAINED 50 lbs. Unusual? Perhaps. I was critized, and told I must have been cheating. I wasn't. I ate mostly fruits and salads, with occassional meats. Following this plan, I have lost 10 lbs in two weeks. That is probably not typical, but I have an a-typical amount to lose. I am out to lose 150 pounds. I am not wanting to lose 5 lbs to fit into a certain dress, I am trying to get a life back! I want to go to movie theaters again, ride bikes again, enjoy my life again. I for one, was tired of being trapped in this bodily prison that I thought I alone had created. I suffered from depression as well. The solution from my old doctor? Another pill. Well, the depression has lifted on its own since following this diet.

The benefits have been enormous. This diet might not work for you, but what have you got to lose by trying? I can feel my body getting back into line.
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