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This program really works!
on October 12, 2011
I have struggled with my weight, my blood sugar and cholesterol for years. My therapist recommended that I take a look at this book.
In the 4 weeks I've been following the program, I've dropped 15 pounds, 3 inches off my waist and feel better in ways that I never even thought about. I type for a living -- among other things -- and my hands used to ache after 20 minutes of work. I thought it was arthritis until I started on this plan, and I now know it was retained fluid putting stress on my joints.
The book is clear, but not particularly concise. The doctors Eades are trying to describe highly complicated metabolic activities in a way that makes sense to the average lay person. That isn't easy, and they sometimes miss the mark. The reading can be rough sledding sometimes, but hang in there. Understanding the principles behind the plan is essential to being successful.
Once the reader gets beyond the metabolic description and into the plan itself, the doctors Eades have a much easier time. The calculations are easy, but they take a few minutes and a tape measure. Once you get the amount of daily protein needs are established, it's simply a matter of using the Eades' helpful tables to plan meals.
Some reviewers have complained that Eades overemphasizes the protein levels and does not encourage eating fruits and vegetables. That is a misunderstanding of the plan, to say the least. Yes, the first phase of the plan is highly restrictive when it comes to high carb vegetables and most fruits. But the plan does have a Phase II and then a maintenance phase. The two phases stair-step the carbs back up to a reasonable level.
The book is a bit dated -- it was written in 1995 -- and could do with an update. But it is still the solid gold standard for living a high protein/low carb lifestyle.