The Protein Power Life Plan – Item of the Day
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the book, The Protein Power Life Plan. I was a huge fan of the original “Protein Power Plan” that came out in 1996, so much so that I never read this one when it was released. I recently bought a copy and have learned so much new information it is hard to believe this book was published in 2001, 15 years ago.
Unfortunately they did not make a kindle version of it, dang it. But it is one of those types of books with a lot of diagrams and charts that seems to be better in print anyway. I see the genesis of a lot of Paleo authors in this work, and it is so deep and yet readable I recommend you get a copy just for educational purposes even if you do not feel you need to loose weight.
In fact that is the point, this high protein, moderate fat (the right fats) and carbohydrate restrictive approach is solution to many lifestyle diseases like High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol and Type Two Diabetes even for many who are not over weight.
This is not a “fad diet” it is the result of decades of work by two medical doctors who have helped thousands of direct patients in their practice. It is very scientifically based and well worth the read.
FWIW you can get the original book, “The Protein Power Plan” for kindle but the more updated Protein Power Life Plan is really the way to go. Unlike many authors Mary and Michael Eades are very quick to say, hey we said this before, then we learned something new and have updated our recommendations.
One example, in the first book they recommended fish oil capsules to help with Omega 3 acids for those that don’t want to eat sardines, which is the current best affordable and highly available source. Then they read a study that 50% of off the shelf fish oils are rancid and updated new ways to address this. They also explain why Flax is a fine thing but not the Omega 3 silver bullet many think it is.
So I really recommend that you add The Protein Power Life Plan to your library. It will change what you think you know about nutrition, diet and especially modern medicine. Again for the skeptical on the low carb approach, I challenge you to invest in this book the science is locked down, every I dotted and every T crossed.
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“n fact that is the point, this high protein, moderate fat (the right fats) and carbohydrate restrictive approach”
Close but NO.
High (healthy) fat and moderate protein and VLC!!!!
High and moderate have a LOT of semantics. This plan speaks in total GRAMS, hence moderate fat and high protein would actually contribute about the same amount of calories, others would call that high fat moderate protein.
Too much protein, especially animal protein, is causing many of today’s health problems. I invite you to read “Proteinaholic.” Protein should be eaten in moderation. I disagree with you on some things, to be sure, Jack, but you are thought-provoking. I like the cartoon you posted about the rats in the maze. That hit the nail on the head. It takes courage to get out of the maze.
@Dan, how about first you read this book, get the science behind it, then you can ask me to read something that by title is clearly propaganda.
My opinions on diet and nutrition are based on extremely solid science and biochemistry.
I am not and I mean it, I am NOT being a dick here. I just hear this stuff all the time and those coming from this angle get almost every bit of science wrong, they cite studies but never chemistry and biology.
There is no such thing as too much protein, there is differently a such thing as too little. There is such a thing as too little fat, there is also too much, and definitely too much of the wrong kind.
There is definitely such a thing as too many carbohydrates, and most people eat too much.
Funny thing is you don’t even likely know man, how much protein is recommended in this book, or how that is calculated. Or why that calculation makes sense.
FWIW I came from the typical school of thought, low fat, minimum protein, high complex carbs. I thought that made sense, everyone said so, WHEN I LEARNED THE SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY that all went out the window. And every objection, such as “the Japanese are skinny and eat rice”, is conjecture and not based on actual reality or omits very key points to the whole.
Got this book when it first came out. This was WAY before Paleo, but the philosophy made perfect sense. In a hunter-gather world, high carbohydrate foods are only available in the early Spring (coming off a winter starvation diet) or late Fall (need to put on some weight for winter.) Wife and I just stopped buying bread, and potatoes. I personally lost 65 pounds in 9 months. Wife lost about 50. Good times, right?
Not. Wife needed some surgery, and during a pre-op consult, the doctor questioned her about her diet. Instead of saying that she ate a good amount of lean protein, with lots of green vegetables, and avoiding starches and sugars whenever possible, she blurted out “I’m on a low-carb diet”.
That doctor (Note lower case) lectured her so severely, and frightened her so badly that she came home from the visit with bread and ice cream. She now weighs near 350 pounds, and I had to give up on modifying her eating habits to see to my own.
Interestingly enough, same doctor, when I informed him of my eating habits told me; “great job, keep it up.”
Does this book discuss sleep and lack of carbs?
I went low carb diet and i had a lot of sleep problems. I would go to sleep fine but wake up in middle of night for a few hours. Someone suggested I wasn’t getting enough carbs and i needed them to sleep.