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Protein Power
Published 03/21/2006 | Low Carb , Glycemic Index | Rating:


Another example of a weight-loss program that jumps on the low-carb bandwagon, Protein Power espouses the virtues of low-carb living. Dr. Michael and Mary Eades are the founders of this “adequate protein diet” that deems insulin as the main contributor to obesity.

According to the Eades, the fat that you consume has little to do with weight gain. It is carbohydrates that pack on the pounds. Cut out the carbs and you’ve solved your weight problem. Restricting carbohydrates lowers insulin levels, which burns the fat being stored in fat cells. When you eat carbohydrates, fat and protein, the carbs are burned off yet the fat remains causing weight gain.

The plan may sound a lot like Atkins, however, Protein Power is less restrictive.

Dieters following Protein Power choose from a selection of recommended fats including butter. To determine how much protein should be consumed daily, divide body weight by 0.6 grams. As for carbohydrates, consume no more than 30 grams per day. Dieters will work up to 55 grams per day over time. Although the amount of calories eaten daily will vary from person to person, the Eades do not recommend going below 850 calories.

The list of suggested foods include: beef, pork, chicken, turkey, wild game, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, small portions of fruit, small amount of dairy products, grains and dried beans. For the most part, avoid carrots, bananas, cereals, bread, rice, pasta, corn, lima beans, peas, popcorn, too much fruit and juice and refined sugars.

Sticking to the protein-rich, moderate-fat, low-carb will boost energy levels within a week and correct blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure and cholesterol within three weeks. The Protein Power plan also has a positive effect on fighting heart disease, diabetes and gout.


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