Protein Power Diet: General Information
Created by a married couple of medical doctors Michael and Mary Dan Eades, the Protein Power Diet entered the world of weight loss programs in 1995, offering its followers “the way to lose weight, feel fit, and boost health in just weeks”.
Both Michael and Mary Eades received their medical degrees at the University of Arkansas. Besides, Mr. Michael Eades holds an engineering degree from the California State Polytechnic University, and his wife has the undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology.
The wide popularity came to Mr. and Mrs. Eades when they published their first guidelines to the Protein Power Diet that quickly gained popularity in the USA. Nowadays the authors are focused on writing, researching, lecturing and creating products aimed at helping people improve their metabolic health.
The title of the first book on the Protein Power says that this is a high protein and low carbohydrate diet. This definition puts Protein Power in the same raw with the other low carb diets, such as the Atkins, the Zone, etc. At the same time, Protein Power is different; mainly because it says that controlling protein consumption is of the same importance as controlling carbohydrates in one’s diet in order to make personal weight loss and health improvement strategy successful.
The Protein Power Diet has already celebrated its 10th anniversary on the market of the weight loss programs. Since the first book, published in 1995, the public interest to this way of dieting has not decreased these days. “The Protein Power Lifeplan” published in 2001 enforced the position of the diet, giving scientific background to the ideas of Protein Power and enlightening some researches, advocating the theory of carbohydrates restriction for the sake of optimal weight and better health.
Daily consumption of proteins in the amounts adequate to a person’s activity profile and weight loss expectations, plus a restricted consumption of carbohydrates - this is the way to reach the optimal body weight according to the Protein Power.
A dieter is encouraged to consume protein in order to maintain muscle tissues during the active dieting, limiting at the same time carbohydrates intake to as low as 30 – 50 grams per day – this is said to be a way to make body use stored fat instead of carbohydrates from food as the primary source of energy.
Along with particular eating recommendations, physical exercising, especially weight lifting, is another integral part of the Protein Power dieting regimen. Besides, the program presupposes daily consumption of plenty of vitamins and minerals, such as A,C, D, B6 and B12, riboflavin, folate, calcium, potassium and others to supply human organism with all those nutritional elements, which are vitally important but usually missed in modern food products.
As many other diets Protein Power was also designed to become life-long eating strategy. So, there are three phases in this weight loss program: Intervention is the period of the rapid weight loss; during this period a dieter is faced with the most serious restriction as to what to eat and how much to eat (only 20 – 40 grams of carbohydrates per day are allowed); Transition is the next phase to help a dieter reach his target weight; finally, after losing the necessary amount of body fat one can go to the Maintenance period and increase the daily intake of carbohydrates to about 130 grams per day.
What improvements are declared by the diet?
The authors of Protein Power are very cautious in defining the exact amount of weight loss, which can be ensured by following the program. Besides, Protein Power is not a way to lose weight; it is a way to lose fat. If a dieter follows the program carefully and simultaneously exercises hard he may experience low total weight loss, because the lost pounds of fat tissues will be substituted by gained muscle mass.
Though the first phase of a diet can be very challenging for most of people because of cravings for carbohydrates and noticeable energy decrease, the persistence in following diet rules will be rewarded in the next phases of the program: one is said to feel the significant energy boost, fewer pains and general improvement of the health.