Popular Diet Plans
Protein Power Plan
This diet plan originated from a book written by a husband and wife medical team, Michael and Mary Dan Eades.
The plan's premise is that food should be used to condition your body, and that fat is a high-octane energy source. They suggested that carbohydrates are the cause of a number of health problems including obesity. They cite the rise in national rates of obesity and the fall in national fat intake as proof that low fat diets don't work and that high carbohydrates cause obesity.
The high protein diet will help you lose weight in the short term. Plus, because the diet is easy to follow (the food you generally like to eat), people may follow it for a long time.
Many scientists, however, question the premise of a relationship between a reduction in carbohydrate intake and obesity. On the contrary, they point out correlation studies that indicate that the more a population eats carbohydrate, the more it tends to be slim. (eg., population studies in China, Japan, etc. whose diet consists primarily of complex carbohydrates.) Grain foods such as bread, bagels, tortillas, cereals and pastas are typically low in fat and include essential vitamins and minerals. No scientific studies have been published that shows the the long-term success of high protein diets such as Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution, The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet and Protein Power.
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