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Protein Power: The High-Protein/Low Carbohydrate Way to Lose Weight, Feel Fit, and Boost Your Health-in Just Weeks!

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Author: Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades
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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

Reader Reviews

"If you tried it all and nothing has worked, BUY THIS BOOK!"

Rating: 5 stars
This book has changed my life. I have been on every high-carb low-fat diet on the planet- Twice! With each diet, I became fatter and more depressed. My most recent bout with Jenny Craig found me questioning why, if I followed the program perfectly, I gained weight, but if I "cheated" and ate the meat that I love, I would LOSE weight. I started looking for diet books which advocate protein and stumbled upon this gem. It makes complete sense. As I read it, I found out reasons for such questions I'd had as to why do I gain weight on a low-fat diet, why am I so tired, why is my skin and nails a mess, why am I constantly hungry, etc. After only ONE WEEK on the unbelievably easy Protein Power plan, I have lost 6 lbs. and an inch off my waist and an inch off my hips. I feel stronger, healthier, and mentally alert. I no longer NEED an afternoon nap each day. I feel as if I have my life back again!

"You really can EAT WHAT YOU LIKE and be HEALTHY and THIN!"

Rating: 5 stars
This book is not a gimmick. It's for real.

After following for a year the nutritional plan (not "diet") explained in this book, I've lost the 45 pounds I gained through low-fat, high-carb "dieting" over the past seven years. I feel energetic, look fabulous, and am having a great time buying new clothes that are four sizes smaller. Plus, I get to eat all the wonderful things I love but deprived myself of following low-fat theories -- steaks, bleu cheese dressing on salads, real butter, cheesecake, nuts and cheeses -- even peanut butter is totally okay!

It's such a relief to finally understand the biological reasons behind my lifelong weight struggles, and the simple way I can now be thin and healthy for the rest of my life. Drs. Eades thoroughly explain the science behind the plan, which adds credibility and understanding. In more than a year of following this plan so far I am never tempted to "indulge" in high-carb "tasties" because now I understand how they "hurt" my body.

Two hints: Exercising along with the healthy eating will truly increase your fat loss rate and body toning, as Drs. Eades say in the book. And, focusing on all the deliciously satisfying things you DO get to eat works much better than bemoaning the high-carb goodies you don't.

"Excellent plan for most"

Rating: 4 stars
The Protein Power plan is very effective and healthy, however, it is not for the hardcore carb-aholic. It contains a bit too many carbs for those who are addicted and super sensitive to carbs.
While on Protein Power we found that our cravings for carbs never completely dissapeared (only thing that worked for us was Atkins). So, if you are a hardcore carb addict I would recommend the Atkins Diet. But for the average person wishing to live the low carb way Protein Power is an excellent choice.