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Positives and Negatives of the Protein Power Diet


Updated February 14, 2008

Protein Power Diet

by Michael and Mary Dan Eades

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This discussion of the positives and negatives of the Protein Power Diet is apart from those of low carb diets in general. People whose bodies are suited to low carb eating tend to feel better on them, be less hungry, and have positive health responses (lower triglycerides and blood glucose; lower blood pressure, higher HDL, among others).

Positives of Protein Power:

Simplicity – On Protein Power, there isn’t a lot of fiddling around. I think about my husband, the type of person who says, “just tell me what to eat”. Once you catch onto it, the rules don’t change a whole lot, and that's great for people who want to keep it simple.
Emphasis on Nutrition – More than many other plans, the Eades place a great emphasis on proper nutrition. In particular, they attempt to educate people about what nutrients are in which foods, about antioxidants and phytonutrients, and about what different nutrients do in our bodies. If you watch their cooking show, you will see what I mean – they are constantly talking about the nutrients in foods.

Negatives of Protein Power:

Requires Carb Counting in everything you eat.

Possibly Too Low in Carbs for Some At 40 grams (or even 30) of carbohydrate per day, Protein Power is definitely a LOW carb diet, and it may just be a bit low for some people. Although very doable, it takes some attention to get the full range of nutrients. Also, carb crash can happen during the first week.
Lack of Individual Variation Simplicity is nice, but different people react differently to diets, and Protein Power doesn’t offer many guidelines for adjustment in the diet. In particular, some people would probably do fine with a higher carb level, but there isn’t a mechanism for altering this until maintenance.
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