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

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

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by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades (Contribution by)

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New York Times Bestseller - An effective, medically sound diet that lets you eat bacon, eggs, steak, even cheese? It's true!  Lose fat.  Feel fit.  Stop craving.  Without counting fat grams and without giving up the foods you love. Includes recipes for healthy meals to lose weight.

Based on cutting-edge


New York Times Bestseller - An effective, medically sound diet that lets you eat bacon, eggs, steak, even cheese? It's true!  Lose fat.  Feel fit.  Stop craving.  Without counting fat grams and without giving up the foods you love. Includes recipes for healthy meals to lose weight.

Based on cutting-edge research, this revolutionary and deliciously satisfying plan has already helped thousands of patients lose weight and achieve other lifesaving health benefits, including lower cholesterol and blood pressure readings and an improvement or reversal of common disorders such as heart disease, adult-onset diabetes, and gout.  Developed by Doctors Michael and Mary Dan Eades, the simple regimen calls for a new way of eating: a protein-rich, moderate-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that will have you feeling better and more energetic within a week, and help correct blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol within three weeks.  So if you've been living the low-fat, no-fat way and still haven't lost weight, stop blaming yourself! Instead, turn to the breakthrough metabolic program that replaces lifelong dieting with lifelong health.

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"The nutritional primer of the nineties."
—Barry Sears, author of The Zone

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The Eades, who share a weight-loss and family-medicine practice in Arkansas, have each written a popular medical book-his is Thin So Fast; hers, The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals. In their first shared volume, they turn popular weight-management beliefs-and the latest FDA food-guide pyramid-upside down. For years, overweight Americans have been counseled to turn away from meat and fat and embrace a high-carbohydrate diet. Joining a growing band of researchers that includes Barry Sears (The Zone), the Eades discuss the biochemical roles of hormones in the metabolic process to demonstrate why low-fat, high-carb programs don't always result in weight loss and present a convincing case for their high-protein, low-carb alternative. The key is preventing, through diet, overproduction of insulin, which itself "controls the storage of fat'' and is triggered by the ingestion of carbohydrates. Their eating plan-which is bolstered by lists of protein and carbohydrate counts for common foods, a collection of about 75 appealing recipes and discussion of the necessity of exercise-will lead, they aver, to the body's more efficent burning of fat, leading in turn to reduction in one's percentage of body fat. Cholesterol, vitamins, minerals and various risk factors are also discussed. Chapters end with fairly complete summaries that will be appreciated by readers who are not willing or able to work through the fairly extensive scientific data cited by the Eades in this iconoclastic program.

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The O Word: Obesity

For some of us are out of breath, and all of us are fat.
—Lewis Carroll

How much of a problem is obesity?  According to the government, obesity is an enormous problem.  The most recent figures, reported in 1995, place the segment of Americans who are "significantly overweight" at 33 percent—nearly a 30 percent jump in one decade while the population has cut fat consumption.  Although the Centers for Disease Control had set goals for a reduction in obesity from the nation's lower-fat efforts, Americans went off in the opposite direction and got even fatter.  If you believe your eyes, obesity is virtually epidemic—as anyone who's ever been to a shopping mall knows.

Despite the manifold health problems associated with obesity, people continue to gain weight; despite the many disadvantages obesity inflicts on its victims on the job, the cultural stigma against them, the plethora of weight-loss centers, books, and products available, more people than ever are overweight.  Why?

How We Get Fat

Obesity is defined simply as the accumulation of excess fat on the body; obesity has nothing to do with excess weight.  Based on the standard height-weight tables, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be considered overweight, but he obviously isn't overfat or obese.

Although it's almost always attributed to excess calories, obesity is more related to the multifaceted actions of insulin and glucagon on the storage of fat.  As any juvenile-onset diabetic can readily attest, in the absence of insulin one can eat and eat and eat while continuing to lose weight; it's not just a matter of how much is consumed but the result of a complicated interplay among insulin, glucagon, and what and how much is consumed.  These two hormones exert a profound influence on all the metabolic pathways, but especially on those involved in the burning and storing of fat and the development of obesity.

When you eat food, your body either breaks it down and burns it for energy or stores it away as body fat in the fat cells (or as glycogen, the storage form of glucose, in the muscles) for later use.  Both functions occur simultaneously, and although both the storing and burning pathways are active to some degree all the time, one pathway usually predominates.  What is important is the net direction of fat flow over time—i.e., are you mainly storing fat or mainly burning it for energy?  Which pathway predominates most of the time?  If you mainly store it, you develop obesity; if you mainly burn it, you lose weight.

The flow of fat is composed of the fat you eat, the fat released from storage in your fat cells, and the fat you make from excess protein and carbohydrate.  Yes, the body can make fat from carbohydrate and plenty of it.  That's why you can't eat fat-free cookies and ice cream and potato chips and expect to lose fat!

Obviously if the direction of fat flow is from our mouths to our fat cells for storage, we are going to gain fat; if this pathway predominates, in time we will become obese.  Conversely, if the fat flows in the opposite direction, from the fat tissue to the muscle cells and other tissues to be burned for energy, we won't; in fact we will lose weight.  If our goal is to remain—or become—slender and fit, obviously this second pathway is preferable.  Is it possible to change the flow of fat and redirect it from the fat tissue to muscle cells?  The exciting answer is yes, and here's how.

Directing the Flow of Fat Through Food Selection

Insulin and glucagon, the hormone twins, are the primary regulators of these metabolic pathways and actually direct the flow of fat down one pathway or the other.  By altering the ratio of insulin to glucagon—which we can do through our selection of foods—we can determine which pathway predominates.  Instead of allowing our biochemistry to control us, we can control it.

Taking as our starting point the fat in the blood, let's walk through the fat metabolism pathways and follow the flow of the fat molecules.  Fat travels through the blood in a form called triglyceride, a molecule composed of three fatty acids.  At the surface of the cells enzymes break down the triglyceride molecule, and the fatty acids can enter the cells.

Once inside the cells, fat reaches its first hormonal regulation point—the mitochondria.  These tiny sausage-shaped power plants within the cells burn the fat—but only if the fatty acids can actually get into the power plant.  To do that they need carnitine, which operates a little shuttle system to bring the fat in for oxidation.  Insulin inhibits this fat-carnitine shuttle system, saying, in effect, "Hey, we're full; we don't need any more energy.  Send that extra fat to the fat cells."  Which is precisely what happens when there's too much insulin: the fatty acids turn back into triglycerides and move back into the blood.  Glucagon in contrary fashion accelerates the shuttle, rapidly moving fat into the mitochondria.  Glucagon's signal: "We need energy; let's start breaking that fat down and getting it in here to the furnace."

Muscle, liver, kidney, lung, heart, and other cells break down fat and burn it for energy, but it's a different story with the fat cells.  Fat cells merely store the fat molecules.  Residing on the surface of the fat cells are two enzymes—both regulated by insulin and glucagon—responsible for herding fat into or out of the fat cells.  The first, lipoprotein lipase, transports fatty acids into the fat cell and keeps them there.  (Lipoprotein lipase, as we shall see shortly, also plays a major role in the rapid regaining of lost weight that plagues so many dieters.)  The other, hormone-sensitive lipase, does just the opposite—it releases the fat from fat cells into the blood.  As you might imagine, insulin stimulates the activity of lipoprotein lipase, the fat-storage enzyme, and glucagon inhibits it; glucagon stimulates the fat-releasing enzyme, and insulin inhibits it.

The Built-In No-Win Situation

It turns out that the biological activity of this enzyme increases prodigiously immediately after weight loss.  That's right, the very act of losing weight strengthens and makes more potent the enzyme that is in great measure responsible for the overweight state to begin with.  Although it no doubt has an evolutionary purpose, this is a sorry state of biological affairs: while working hard to lose weight, you reinforce the biochemical underpinnings of your obesity.  Add to this the fact that insulin by itself further activates the already hyperactive lipoprotein lipase and you begin to understand why 95 percent of people who manage to lose weight will not be able to keep it off.

What standard treatment is brought to bear against this combined force?  The only weapon in the arsenal, the low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diet, a diet that stimulates the release of insulin.  Expecting a formerly obese person with a history of hyperinsulinemia not to gain fat on a carbohydrate-rich diet is like throwing gasoline on a fire, then wondering why it flares.  In fact, it's amazing that even 5 percent of successful dieters manage to keep it off.  But that may correlate with the percentage of overweight people who don't have hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance.

What about our goal, to divert the flow of fat away from the fat cells?  Although we can't control lipoprotein lipase directly, we can control it indirectly by controlling the metabolic hormones—insulin and glucagon—that modulate it.  By keeping insulin levels low, we can remove any stimulation this hormone provides; by keeping glucagon elevated, we can continue to inhibit lipoprotein lipase and thus counteract the stimulatory effect brought on by the weight loss.  The nutritional plan in this book lowers insulin and raises glucagon levels, the ideal combination both to achieve and to maintain a lower fat mass.  We've seen it happen in thousands of our patients, and in our experience it's the only approach that works.

Amazingly, obesity remains much less treatable than the vast majority of cancers, a grim statistic in and of itself.  Are 95 percent of the overweight doomed to live out their lives swaddled in layers of fat?

Most physicians, dietitians, and nutritionists have been locked in the notorious clean and well-lit prison of a single idea for decades.  These experts have been treating obesity with low-calorie, low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diets, then standing around wringing their hands, watching 95 percent of their patients regain their weight.  Perhaps inevitably they blame the patient for the failure.  In a brilliant and controversial essay on intelligence published in the winter 1969 issue of Harvard Educational Review, Arthur R. Jensen, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, wrote: "In other fields, when bridges do not stand, when aircraft do not fly, when machines do not work, when treatments do not cure, despite all conscientious efforts on the part of many persons to make them do so, one begins to question the basic assumptions, principles, theories, and hypotheses that guide one's efforts."  

The evidence seems clear that the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet—the standard obesity therapeutic agent—is flawed in principle, out of sync with biochemical reality.  So why not try something different?

Meet the Author

Michael R. Eades, M.D., author of Thin So Fast, and Mary Dan Eades, M.D., author of The Doctor's Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where they practice bariatric (weight loss) and general family medicine. They are the founders of Medi-Stat Medical Centers.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
A co-worker recommended this diet book and after reading it and talking to my doctor I went for it. My family has a history of diabetes and hart disease and this diet seemed perfect for me. At the time I started, I was 225lbs, had elevated blood pressure and was on lescol for high cholesterol. Before I started using lescol my total cholesterol was 260mg/dl. After 110 days on the diet my blood pressure is normal, my cholesterol is 165mg/dl without lescol, my triglycerides are 110mg/dl and I now weigh 185lbs. My percent body fat went from 30% to 20% and I went from a 38 inseam to a 33. My wife is also on the diet and has lost 25lbs. I have not experienced any side effects of the diet(not even ketoses) and find myself with more energy and stamina then before. I have tried the low-fat diets that are recommended by the establishment and did lose weight(I was also running 3 miles every other day) but was unable to maintain my diet. I believe I will be able to maintain with the Protein Power plan. I highly recommend this book.
JodieCommiato More than 1 year ago
As a professional in the exercise/nutrition business this book is a great tool to understanding the power protein has and is very informational. It's an easy read for anyone! Great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a 16 year old son, he is 6ft tall and 290lbs. (No he doesn't play football). He eats allot just like any other teenager, but my son doesn't digest food correctly. I took him to see his doctor and he has high cholesterol and a form of diabetes. My son is an active kid, so I never understood why he was always so darn big. My doctor said to get this book and put him on it right away, along with exercise, and he should be just fine. I could tell my son was very excited but he didnt wanna show it. He will be starting this plan today and I will keep you posted. If anyone has an overweight child, it is safe to put them on this plan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book some time ago and it is the only diet that works for me. If the food pyramid really worked then everyone in American would be thin!!!!! I think the diet industry wants us to keep eating low fat and high carb so that we stay on a diet and they keep making money!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book for anyone,not just those struggling with their weight! If you or someone you care about is afflicted with diabetes, hypertension, obesity, IBS or other chronic illnesses, get this book! The weight loss and health benefits are amazing!
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mayasmommy More than 1 year ago
After 2 weeks on atkins and losing 10 lbs i wanted to change things up a bit. Lots of advice, good recipes.
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I have just begus reading and am very sceptical but I have a wonderful doctor and he spoke very highly of the book and said he has several patients using this eating plan and they have all had good weight loss success. Will be giving it a try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My employer gave me this book 3 months ago. I have now lost 25 pounds and the weight just keeps coming off. Instead of being upset because none of my clothes fit, I am now excited because my thinnest clothes don't fit! I went from a size 14 to a size 8! Please do something for yourself and buy this book!
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