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The Protein Power Lifeplan Paperback – June 1, 2001
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The authors of Protein Power are back to advocate the "protein-rich, moderate-fat, carbohydrate-restricted diet" that opposes the high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet that every professional medical and dietetic organization (including those who have no diet books to sell) believes to be your best bet for avoiding heart disease, the number one killer. The authors insist, in the face of all this medical opposition, that "the whole idea that fat and cholesterol cause heart disease is just that: an idea." We're meant to be hunters, say the authors: bring on the meat. Let's go back to the Paleolithic diet (no mention of the brief life span of Paleolithic men and women).
The Protein Power Lifeplan is not easy reading--most of the book is made up of scientific explanations, research summaries and interpretations, and nutritional warnings--but no recipes. Besides recommending eating protein and fat, the authors recommend sunbathing without sunblock (but "never, never let your skin burn!") and exercises such as "bringing home the buffalo" and "defending the camp." The authors admit that if you're trying to lose weight, you have to limit calories, but if you're not, you can "munch on nuts, seeds, nut butters, cheeses, jerky, guacamole, and olives all day long." Carbohydrates, say the authors, "are totally nonessential to your health and well-being"--words to make dieticians and cardiologists shudder. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Just what's needed after the best-selling Protein Power, the brand-name protein powder, and the infomercial.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
THIS book by Dr's Eads IS my favorite. I also
purchased their cookbook, another favorite of
mine. This book really explained WHY I need
to eat more protein/good fats and goes into
more detail IF you choose to read that..if not
then you can just skip to the "meat" (sorry,
could not let that one go by =)) of the book
and learn how and how much of what foods to eat
depending on your needs.
I think this is a great book.
The Power Protein Lifeplan takes the diet and dietary change to a whole new level exploring the vast literature on nearly all aspects of our nutrition and health. From the benefits of cod liver oil and magnesium all the way to the importance of exercising one's brain nearly all important health issues are explored. The book does delve into considerable depth and many may not be interested in all the details. Not to worry! Every chapter is summarized at the end. You can go into as much depth as you own intellectual curiosity dictates.
As Voltaire said: "Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time." One need only read the negative reviews of this book to see an illustration of this phenomenon. Most physicians, laymen, government groups and medical groups following the well worn path of least resistance, have parroted the accepted collective wisdom of the "establishment" mouthpieces: our diets should be based on a low fat paradigm. The only problem is they are wrong, dead wrong as it turns out. And in their bovine refusal to acknowledge the evidence demonstrating conclusively the failure of their approach they have done a grave disservice to the public. That's us folks!
I am a physician. All my professional life I was steeped in the disinformation regarding low fat diets. And I kept getting fatter and fatter and fatter. Then a friend told me about the low carbohydrate approach to loosing weight. At first I scoffed and rejected out of hand such an outlandish diet. But finally, desperation forced me to at least take a look at this "counterintuitive" approach.
And I was delighted that I did! I managed to loose a whopping 16 pounds the first two weeks of the diet. Needless to say I was and am flabbergasted! The Eades convinced me that portion size and total caloric intake are important elements of loosing weight on the low carbohydrate dietary approach. By decreasing my caloric intake I have kick started my weight loss and I am merrily on my way. Remember, restricting portion sizes and protein levels is NOT difficult since fats have the effect of producing satiety and since you are no longer ingesting carbs your insulin levels are no longer whipsawing your glucose levels. In other words, your food is not longer sabotaging your diet! Your food is actually working FOR you instead of against you.
And how does the diet accomplish this miraculous feat? By harnessing the body's own physiology to work in concert with your objectives. Sort of like letting the body have YOUR own way! The objective of the Eades approach (and all low carb approaches) is to reign in the out of control insulin levels which can wreak havoc with your body and health causing hypertension, heart disease, hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol), and excessive fat storage (obesity!).
Many have stated that when they go off the diet they gain the weight back. Well DUH! This is a practical and lifelong approach to keeping the weight off. But you must restrict the amount of carbs in your diet for this approach to work. Otherwise you'll be back to your old addictive habits in no time with all the attendant health risks.
I ingest fewer carbs than are allowed by the Eades and find I am able to more easily stay on this dietary plan. By increasing my carb levels I am simply "playing with fire." I am VERY susceptible to the siren's song of carbohydrates. By reducing my portion size and amount of protein I seem to have accelerated the weight loss.
Now there are those naysayers who whine and bellyache that they can't stay on the diet or that they feel too deprived or that they are nauseous, or that they are weak or blah, blah, blah blah blah. THESE symptoms are due to WITHDRAWAL from carbohydrates and it is your body trying to sabotage your dietary changes. Hang in there! And then there are some (VERY few) on whom the diet does not work. Honestly we shouldn't be surprised since quite obviously not all physiologies are alike! But for the overwhelming majority, this diet works great. If you love to eat, hate to count calories, want to improve your overall health and want an approach that WILL work and more importantly that you CAN LIVE with - then this is the diet for you.
I've willingly accepted the benefits of this dietary approach and understand that in order to maintain my health and weight I must eat like this for the remainder of my life. The first step for you will be to accept the fact that you are a carboholic! But by going cold turkey, you will gain control of your cravings within 2 to 21 (only in rare cases) days.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention. I feel great. No more post meal energy crashes. And I feel 20 years younger. I honestly had forgotten how easily I used to move around. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to at least read this book. And if you don't find the Eades approach to your liking there are plenty of other low carb approaches: Atkins, Neanderthin, South Beach, Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, and Sugar Busters. In my opinion, the best are Atkins and Protein Power.
Good luck, and keep an open mind. It may just set you free.
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