In 1995, Drs Michael and Mary Eades introduced the world to the Protein Power Plan. This low carb diet was updated and republished in 2000 as the Protein Power LifePlan.
The Protein Power diet looks at how the three main types of food, or “macronutrients” – carbohydrates, protein and fat – should be used in a diet. The Protein Power Diet restricts carbohydrates, encourages more protein intake, and requires little fat and calorie counting.
The Protein Power Plan and Protein Power LifePlan books include charts and calculations for discovering your ideal diet plan. You low carb diet plan is calculated using your height, weight, activity level and body fat percentage.
This low carbohydrate diet involves different phases, to be followed depending on your current and goal weights. The first phase is the “Intervention” stage – which is very retrictive on your carbs intake. This phase is to be followed until you almost attain your goal weight.
The “Transition” phase can begin when you are close to your goal weight. Some carbohydrates are re-introduced to your diet, but are still at low levels.
“Maintenance” is the last stage in the Protein Power low carb diet, and can be followed well after you attain your goal weight. Your carb intake is increased, to keep you at your target weight.
The combination of macronutrients in foods affect their usuage in this low carbohydrate diet. Foods high in protein are encouraged, so meats, poultry and fish are ideal. Eggs, milk, cream, cheese and yoghurt are also good, but they do contain some carbs, so you will need to monitor what you eat.
High carb foods that should be avoided are the grains (eg. bread, rice and pasta), legumes, starchy vegetables (eg. potatoes), high sugar fruit (eg. pineapple). Some fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are allowable due to lower or less harmful carb content.
Most foods are a mix of two or three of the macronutrients, and therefore they should be monitored for the carbohydrate, protein and fat content.
Here is a typical example of a meal plan for a day, that follows the Protein Power diet plan.
Fruit and Ham/Sausages/Bacon with eggs. Tea/coffee/water.
Small serve of cheese and nuts. Gourmet salad and chicken. Tea/water.
Red meat/fish/poultry, with side serve of low carb vegetables or gourmet salad. Wine/water.