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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Quick-Buck Hack Work, September 27, 2009
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This review is from: The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fast! (Hardcover)
If you enjoyed and got healthier from earlier books by the Eadeses, as so many people have, then don't buy this one. You'll be bitterly disappointed.

Somehow, all their earlier principles have been repudiated. Instead of natural foods, they are now recommending blender-shakes of protein powder. Instead of scientific explanations, they now suggest a laundry list of supplements without providing much explanation at all. Instead of a lifetime program of healthy balanced eating, they have now swung to pitching "overnight" miracles--drink protein shakes for two weeks, then eat nothing but meat for two weeks, and by week five you're on "maintenance". It's like several fad diets stitched together. The exercise advice in this book is a few pages of generalities, and the only specific exercise recommended can be done sitting at a desk (tightening the abdominal muscles).

Half the book is recipes, and these are not all very good recipes. If you want inspiring low-carb recipes, look at Fran McCullough's books The Low-Carb Cookbook and Living Low-Carb: The Complete Guide to Long Term Low-Carb Dieting, or Dana Carpender's 500 Low-Carb Recipes: 500 Recipes from Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love.

Even the title shows the Eadeses's downward spiral: from "Protein Power Lifeplan" to "The 6-Week Cure ...". It's true that a low-carb diet (as in the Eadeses's earlier books) can cause fat loss, and often abdominal fat is lost relatively early in the process. But honestly, if there were a six-week "cure" for fat bellies, is it likely that we would see fat bellies all around us? Or that the Eadeses would have just figured out that the secret is protein powder drinks and then nothing but meat? You'll do better to go back to their "Lifeplan" idea, and figure out a better way of eating and living that you can adopt for the long haul. This latest book appears to be just a quick-buck effort to get back on the best-seller lists by promising magic.
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Initial post: Oct 5, 2009 12:09:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2009 12:10:18 PM PDT
Jeff M. says:
did you read the book? this has nothing to do with a healthy life (i.e. lifelong) plan. it has everything to do with cleaning up your liver and metabolizing your visceral fat. This is not a program to live on, which is what weeks 5 and 6 are about. You completely misstate the purpose of the book, in classic strawman style, so you can knock it down. A completely unjustified criticism, IMHO.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2009 9:14:45 AM PST
Ehleighen says:
here here, I totally agree Jeff. These people are not getting the point of the book.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 1:57:40 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2010 7:47:36 AM PDT
Chili says:
Be aware that the Vegan and raw food community frequently post in their forums for their members to go to Amazon on post critical comments on any books regarding the eating of meat. Read for yourself, go to 30bananasaday, this is probably the most militant forum of this sniping.

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2012 9:15:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 2, 2012 9:17:40 PM PDT
Robert Ruddy says:
The point of this book was to make money otherwise the authors would have made this information available at their web site.

Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:06:47 PM PST
NOLA says:
So, what's wrong with the authors making money?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 10:04:55 AM PST
taijiredlion says:
Oh, noes! Imagine an author TRYING TO MAKE MONEY! What a disgrace! REAL authors give their work away for free! As I'm sure you do in your own line of work, Bob.
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