Protein Power Diet
Protein Power Diet was first published in 1996 by authors Michael and Mary Eades. The diet is a weight loss diet similar to the popular Atkins Diet – but with MANY differences.
This is essentially a diet that is low in carbohydrates, and high in proteins and fats. The book has been popular, and (like most other diet books) has been followed a line of products, kits, and books.
Update: In 2009 the authors published an updated version of Protein Power.
High Protein or Not?
The Protein Power plan has more protein than the average Western diet. It also has fairly restricted levels of carbohydrate. But it does not have the induction phase to bring about ketosis (such as Atkins). Like so many dietary regimens they work for some but not for others.
Like many low-er carb diets they always attract controversy – due to the fact that they go against the predominant high-carb food pyramid that has been taught by health authorities. This does not mean that they are bad – but it pays to know what you are doing when making significant changes to your diet.
The authors of Protein Power claim the diet will reduce insulin levels, and general health will improve due to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. There is some wisdom in this – perhaps not so much from the quantity of carbs, but due to the quality (or lack of it) – that is present in so many modern processed foods.
Many people do find some benefit in reducing carbohydrate input. However the exact portions and percentages will vary from person to person – making it difficult to prescribe a ‘one-size-fits-all’ plan.
- Eades, M. R., & Eades, M. D. (1999). Protein power. Bantam.
- Soenen, S., Bonomi, A. G., Lemmens, S. G., Scholte, J., Thijssen, M. A., van Berkum, F., & Westerterp-Plantenga, M. S. (2012). Relatively high-protein or ‘low-carb’energy-restricted diets for body weight loss and body weight maintenance?. Physiology & behavior, 107(3), 374-380. study link
- Berkowitz, V. J. (2000). A view on high-protein, low-carb diets. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 100(11), 1300-1302. study link