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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446608246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446608244
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I felt this was well worth the purchase.
nut-nut
It does not go into any detail about the whole diet plan, so this is truely a supplement to the original diet book.
Al the Pal
If you are counting carbs, this is the little book to have.
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149 of 157 people found the following review helpful By L. Wallach on December 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Protein Power Lifeplan graham counter
The Protein Power Lifeplan Gram Counter is a companion to Dr. Michael Eades' and Mary Dan Eades', M.D.'s recent "Protein Power Lifeplan," a follow-up to their popular "Protein Power" which was published in 1995. The Eades are a husband-and-wife team that has a joint practice where they dish out the same advice as in their books - that of a restricted carbohydrate diet. But unlike the much more popular Dr. Atkins Diet, the Eades concentrate much more on gaining the best nutritional bang for your buck on the few (at least on the initial phase of the diet) carbohydrates you can have on their diet. The gram counter is helpful as it counts not only carbohydrates, but also fiber, protein and the breakdown of different fats that make up their nutritional philosophy.
This gram counter does not go into the philosophy behind their diet, so I'll try to summarize it here: it is not fat that makes us fat, gives us diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. Rather it is sugar. Starches, since they are basically the same thing as sugar (just chained together and easily broken into their component sugars in the digestive process), are counted as well. The body produces the hormone insulin when carbs are ingested. The more carbs we have in our diet, the more insulin is produced. Insulin is used by the body to remove sugar from the bloodstream, where it can cause harm. Unfortunately, according to the Eades, the insulin that removes it can also cause devastating harm, including all the above-mentioned ailments and then some. In addition, when exposed to these large amounts of insulin, the body slowly becomes more and more resistant to the hormone and the body has to produce more of it to have the same effect, so it is a vicious cycle.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Al the Pal on July 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I started the "Protein Power" lifestyle change nearly a year ago and am maintaining my weight loss by "keeping score" of what I eat. This guide is an essential reference on that count. I wish I'd had it when I started last year. It is especially handy if you are traveling on this diet; it is not as bulky as the whole Protein Power book. (See my review of "Protein Power"; "Prove Your Mother Wrong, Eat Prime Rib!")
It is arranged by food groups: Breads, Cereals and Grains; Dairy Products; Fish, Seafood and Shellfish; Fruits and Fruit Juices; and so on. I never realized how many species of fish we eat until I leafed through that section! They list lots of foods I didn't even know were edible or available.
It lists the ECC (Effective Carbohydrate Count), Fiber, Calories, Protein, Saturated Fat, Monounsaturated Fat, Omega-6 and Omega-3 fat ratios as appropriate for each category of food. All foods omit some of the categories that are not significant for them. All foods list the Calories and Omega fats.
There is a good introduction with some backround information on why each category scored for each food is important. It does not go into any detail about the whole diet plan, so this is truely a supplement to the original diet book. There is also a brief area in the back with lists of "rich sources" for several key nutrients.
If you have a thorough understanding of the "Protein Power" diet and lifeplan and why this data is important, this book will be a valuable reference. I wouldn't buy it until you have read the complete diet book unless you are just looking for a "calorie counter."
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2000
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I am finding this handy little book very useful for knowing not only the Carbo content of a lot of food, but also the fat, types of fat and the total calories. Surprisingly, Butter is a good source for Omega 3 oils.
My only wish is that they would include gram or ounce weights for the portions of food measured. For instance, how do I measure Eggplant slices by the cup? But overall, very helpful.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Protein Power Lifeplan Gram Conter is designed to be a companion to the Protein Power Lifeplan book by the Eades. However, it can be useful with any low carb diet.
The book does not go into detail on the Eades diet, for that you would want to refer to one of their other books. This book is a simple resource, designed to make you aware of the carbohydrate, protein and fat counts in different food items.
Pull out this book and at your fingertips you have the counts of a variety of foods. The book has a numerous listings including Breads, Cereals and Grains; Dairy Products; Fish, Seafood and Shellfish; and more.
When carb count is given the ECC is used. The ECC or effective carb count is found by deducting the fiber from the total carbohydrate of a food item. Most nutrition books list the fiber and carb count separately. But for carb counters, the ECC is all you need to count. So this booklet saves you from doing the math. Very handy!
There are two drawbacks to the booklet. One is the size. Though it is smaller than a standard paperback, it's still larger, 6.75 x 4.05 than other pocketsized gram counters. This makes it bulkier to tote.
The major drawback though is the manner in which the Eades decided to list counts. For protein foods they do not list the carbohydrates. The Eades feel that since these foods are primarily protein, the carb count is too small to be concerned with. But this is not true. For many folks on a carbohydrate restricted diet, all carbs count.
If you are limited to say 20 grams of carbs per day, you will want to count the carbs in the eggs, seafood and other carbohydrate containing protein foods that you eat. It adds up. And if you go over, you may not achieve the health goals you are after.
Yes, the Eades book is handy to have for a quick reference, but my preference is for the Atkins gram counter which is smaller in size and lists net carb counts for all the foods, including protein.
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