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Originally published in 1996, this diet book follows in the tradition of the Atkins Diet and Zone Diet, being high in fat, high in protein and low in carbs, except it's information on insulin and glucagon is more accurate and detailed.

Written by the Eades, a husband and wife doctor team. Protein Power says that you need to control insulin response within your body to achieve health and normal weight. Depending on your activity level, they allocate amounts of protein required at each meal. You are allowed a modest amount of carbs (30-50g per day) but you must carefully monitor this amount. You need to count everything and eat specific amounts at certain times.

Protein Power also recommends diet supplements.

Although well-presented and written by two doctors, Protein Power has three specific weaknesses.

First, estimating protein needs on the basis of activity level is not supported by known medical evidence.

Second, as with all low-carb diets, Protein Power causes ketosis which is not generally recommended. According to Susan B. Roberts, PhD, a professor of nutrition and psychiatry at Tufts University in Boston, Mass., low carb diets are not healthy:

"Because they cut back on foods that have multiple health benefits, they may reduce health in the long term."

Third, the idea that a high protein, low-carb diet helps you lose weight by reducing insulin levels is inaccurate. Reducing your intake of any food will achieve this.

Protein Power - Claims

  • Quick weight loss.
  • Scientifically researched (by the Eades).
  • Keeps disease at bay.
  • Reduces your insulin.

Protein Power - Drawbacks

  • Protein estimation by physical exercise is controversial!
  • Ketosis, caused by lack of carbs, is unhealthy.
  • Not a long term solution to weight loss.

Protein Power - Summary

  • Not recommended, due to long term health risks of low carb content.


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