Other Reduced Carb Diets - Protein Power Basics

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03-30-2008, 03:44 PM
Protein Power is a low carbohydrate diet plan based on the books by Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades. These are Protein Power and Protein Power Lifeplan. If you are considering this diet plan, please buy or borrow one of these books and read it for a complete description of the plan.

The major points are:
Eat a minimum amount of protein daily to maintain your lean body mass
Eat less than 40 grams effective carbs (net carbs) per day for weight loss
Aim for 25 grams of fiber daily.
There is no "Induction" period per se.

In addition, there are lengthy descriptions about the science behind this dietary approach and the expected health benefits beyond weight loss. Additional aspects of healthy living that are also encouraged include:
64 oz of water daily
Exercise with particular emphasis on resistance training (weight lifting)
Use of appropriate supplements when needed
Adequate rest
Mental stimulation

This is not meant to be a comprehensive summary, but a way for you to make a comparison among low carb plans. Please feel free to ask questions and as already mentioned, read one of the books before deciding if it is the plan for you.

03-30-2008, 04:16 PM
Well, that sounds like what I am doing! :carrot:

03-30-2008, 04:43 PM
Yes, this can be done as a vegetarian as both Sue and I have told you. You were a PPer and you didn't even know it.;)

03-30-2008, 05:12 PM
Yeah, I read their first book when it came out years ago (I gave it away at my last move and am sad I did now) and followed the plan briefly.

I am going to check out some of their books at the library (I got the fitness one, "burn" something and had to return it before I finished but I liked it too!).

03-30-2008, 05:34 PM
Slow Burn

03-30-2008, 05:59 PM
Great write-up Petra! R the carbs "clean" carbs only or does it matter? Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question, but programs like WW, Jenny Craig...it doesn't matter. Thanks. Joyce

03-30-2008, 06:04 PM
If I understand your question, that gets into the whole hedonist, dilletante, purist thing I wrote about once before. Your choice. The cleaner you eat, the greater the health benefit but any approach will lead to weight loss.

03-30-2008, 06:14 PM
Ooohhh Mmmkay! Another question. R there any Fat restrictions? What about recommended Fat grams/day? Any suggested dietary macros in addition to carb restriction?

03-30-2008, 06:20 PM
I know there is a slighly more descriptive version I wrote many years ago off the main page of this site. They do not reccomend going hog wild with the fat but to be reasonable if I remember right they also say that weight loss will depend on the amount of calories you take in if you eat 4000 cal then you just may gain, the main purpose of the diet is to stop the effects of the insulin on the body.

03-30-2008, 06:29 PM
There are no specific requirement regarding fat but like Sue said-be reasonable. On low carb, fat is your primary energy source. If you eat more than you need to use for energy, you won't lose weight.

03-30-2008, 06:43 PM
I guess I was curious, because in my book Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle there is much imphasis on good fats vs. bad fats. It specifies that we should limit the potentially artery clogging saturated fats and ingest sufficient amounts of good fats (i.e., poly, mono-unsaturated, omega 3 fatty acids, etc.) It stresses how those good fats (fatty acids) are actually necessary for fat metabolism. What does PP have to say about fats? Sorry for the many questions, but my best guess estimate (since the book sounds like a reasonable one), that there will be a differential between what kind of fats are recommended consumed and in what quantities.

P.S. No macros either in PP? (i.e., 40/20/20-The Zone)

There are no specific requirement regarding fat but like Sue said-be reasonable. On low carb, fat is your primary energy source. If you eat more than you need to use for energy, you won't lose weight.

03-30-2008, 06:47 PM
They do spend a lot of time talking about the benefit of getting the right ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6. They do not make a big deal about saturated fat that comes from natural sources-animal and vegetable. If you've read Good Calories, Bad Calories you probably know that this whole issue has been way overstated by the medical establishment. There is not really any good evidence that saturated fat clogs your arteries. The only thing everyone agrees on-low carb and otherwise is that trans fat is terrible and should be avoided. You might want to read the book. I think you would like it. They explain the science in quite a bit of detail.

03-30-2008, 08:46 PM
I did some research on the omega 3 vs 6 info and wow it really makes you want to take the supplements. I will have to get on my other computer to see if I can find the link I usually keep them around some place as it is really interesting. I found the best info on gayle encyclopedia of alternative medicine a great resource. You need to be a member now to get into it. stinks big time.

03-30-2008, 08:52 PM
i found a great site http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm this will help understand the difference and why there is so much about the omega 3

03-31-2008, 11:11 AM
There is not really any good evidence that saturated fat clogs your arteries.

This is from Dr. Mike Eades blog...quite interesting:)
And, in light of the report on the news this morning regarding statins for "high cholesterol" here's Dr. Mike's blog on that:

03-31-2008, 08:32 PM
Thanks JG.

04-28-2008, 08:59 AM
PP actually sounds like what I am doing.
OK, now that Passover is finished it is time for me to get back on track. I feel great with a cup of coffee!
I am looking forward to being on my diet properly AND having my salsa class tonight.
can't work outside because of rain so will do taxes instead.
tz :carrot:

04-28-2008, 09:31 AM
Welcome tzfardaha. Feel free to join us.

04-28-2008, 09:47 PM
welcome from me too!!

04-29-2008, 09:36 AM
It is a beautiful sunny day. I got up early this morning and working on our pond digging out more earth. We will have to pay someone to take away the bags of earth.
The scale is moving DOWN carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot::D
I took 3 Fat Chicks on a Diet out from the library.---highly recommend the book as a great analysis of different diets and making them work for you.
I'm off to another salsa class.
have a great day.

04-29-2008, 10:12 AM
Tz: There is a chat thread in the main part of the forum. Please feel free to join in. People are doing various low carb diet plans. Nasus and I are both protein power people.