Protein Power Lifeplan
A synopsis of the program written by one of our members.
In 1995 I began this program when Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades first published their first book, Protein Power. They actually had their clinic in Little Rock, AR before moving it to Colorado. In 2001, they followed up with their second book, The Protein Power Lifeplan. It contained the same material but more on a simplified basis. Though I never visited their Little Rock Clinic while they were here, I bought the book and read it with great interest. Being an electrical engineer I wanted to know facts about this program and what caused it to work. It was an eye opener for me because here was a way I could eat without getting hungry and still lose weight.
As the title suggests one needs to get an adequate amount of protein in order to maintain oneís muscle tissue and aid in muscle growth. In addition to adequate protein consumption and of equal importance is the restriction of carbohydrates.
Protein Power uses different phases for the diet. The initial phase is called the intervention phase and the most restrictive. They suggest limiting your effective carbs to 7-10 grams per meal or no more than 20-40 grams per day which allows for a snack. The amount of protein is determined more on your current weight, height, body fat percentage and activity level. I never had any trouble eating enough protein while on this diet. There are no limit on fats and I am guessing the saturated fats vs the trans fats are the ones they are referencing.
Once you are close to your goal weight you can switch over to the transition phase. That just increases your carb allotment to 55 grams per day. Once you feel you have met your weight and/or health goals, you can then go onto the maintenance phase in which you increase your carbs up to as much as 130 grams per day. The level you end up however depends on the level that helps you maintain your goal weight. This doesnít mean that you have to go as high in carbs as you can, itís just a choice and many people decide to stay permanently at the intervention phase levels of carbs because they feel best there.p>
What I found from personal experience. Do not be afraid to eat fat during this program. It sounds contradictory to everything we hear and read. I did not trim the fat from my steaks nor did I avoid cheeses. The body is transitioning from burning carbs for energy and now must rely on fat for energy. Some people will experience an energy zap these first couple of weeks and that is normal. The body is making a transition. Also, I supplemented my diet with a 90mg potassium tablet because the body goes after the glycogen or muscle starch. Glycogen has lots of water in it. So it is important to drink lots of water. I even once experienced some muscle cramps in my calves. But once I began to supplement with the potassium and drank more water this dissipated. I am very active so trying to exercise heavily during this initial phase is not recommended. Once your energy level picks back up (and it will), you can resume any strenuous activities you were doing before. At the time I began this program my blood pressure was slightly elevated as was my cholesterol. After 2 months on the program I went and had it checked again. This time the BP and Cholestrol were well within normal ranges. This was in 1995 and the low carb/protein diet was not well known. I told my doctor what I was eating back then(steak, cheeses, eggs, bacon, hamburger, etc.) he about flipped. However, it seems more and more physicians are knowledgeable of the benefits of these low carb diets.
Is this the best diet plan for you? The best way to tell is to purchase the book and read it like I did. Then try it if your other plans have failed and see for yourself. The bottom line for me is to stay off of any medications for my blood pressure and cholesterol and maintain a healthy weight. This plan has worked for me in the past and it is working again for me now 13 years later. My only regret is not making it a way of life back in 1995.
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