Protein Power Diet Review

Make protein your new best friend on this weight loss diet

Vital Stats

Full Name: Protein Power Diet

Origin: Michael R. Eades, M.D. and Mary Dan Eades, M.D., a husband and wife team

Description: Alow-carb, moderate-fat, high-protein diet

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Likes: Meat, eggs, cheese and tofu

Dislikes: Grains, legumes, sugars (any high-carb foods)

Looking for: Dieting fans of the well-known Atkins Diet

Works Well With: Recipes from the Eades' book, Protein Power

Full Review of Protein Power

The Protein Power diet was developed by doctors Michael and Mary Eades, and is based on the idea that by controlling your insulin levels, you can promote a healthy body and maintain an optimum weight. Eating high-carb foods causes insulin levels to rise, which in turn can inhibit the breakdown of fat. A low insulin level (from a low-carb diet) on the other hand, encourages the breakdown of fat.

The Protein Power diet is divided into three phases: Intervention, Transition and Maintenance. The Intervention phase restricts you to 20-40 grams of carbs per day, with the carbs and protein spread evenly over three meals and a snack. You move onto the Transition phase once you have achieved your weight loss goal [Set Your Goals], where you can bump your carb intake up to 50 grams daily while making sure to maintain your weight. Finally, the Maintenance phase lets you slowly raise your carb intake until your weight and health levels are stable (70-130 grams per day). You remain in this phase, and maintain your weight, for good.

Excluding trans fats, fats are allowed in this diet, with emphasis on omega-3 fatty acids. The diet also recommends eating 25 grams of fiber a day, and eating protein-rich foods such as fish, chicken, red meat, eggs, cheese, and tofu. Low-carb foods to be eaten in moderation consist mainly of fruits and vegetables.

One of the problems with this weight loss diet is that the carb counting and protein calculations can be very tedious, if not completely impossible. The diet also constricts your carb level so much that you may experience fatigue and low energy. The body needs some carbohydrates to function efficiently, so cutting all carbs can be unhealthy. The Protein Power diet does seem to be effective with weight loss in the short-run, however; but low-carb diets have always been controversial so the choice is up to you.

Average weight loss: About 1 lb. pound per week.

Helpful Tips: Better have a calculator handy, because these carb and protein calculations can be tough!

Pros

Cons

Emphasis on nutrition

All the counting and calculations are complicated and time consuming

Individual variation

Extremely low carbs = low energy

Lets you eat a lot

Missing important nutrients and vitamins