The Protein Power Lifeplan diet is a low carb diet plan that promises not just to help you lose weight, but to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and promote increased overall health.
Type - Low Carb
Are special products required - No
Is eating out possible? - Yes
Is the plan family friendly? - No
Do you have to buy a book? - Yes
Is the diet easy to maintain? - No
So how does it work?...
According to the authors, eating carbohydrates is unnecessary and replacing carbohydrates in your diet (breads, pastas, sugars, etc) with lots of lean protein is supposed to trigger a hormonal response to burn more fat and digest food better.
The low carb diet plan is said to induce ketosis (burning of fat into ketones). There is no food group restriction, but fat intake must be carefully controlled because sources of protein can be simultaneously high in fats, particularly saturated fats.
The Diet Plan...
The focus of the Protein Power Lifeplan is the restriction of carbohydrates to extremely low levels – between 30 and 55 grams per day. The rest of the diet plan is very high in protein, but work must be done on your end to ensure that the fat content is not too high. You have to do your own calculations and counts of grams of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; which is complicated, but not undoable.
The Protein Power Lifeplan recommends eggs, lean meat, poultry, tofu, seafood, pork, and cottage cheese as good protein sources. These proteins must be evenly distributed between your three meals of the day. Low carb snacks are allowed to avoid hunger.
The diet plan also talks about the importance of exercise as well as vitamin and mineral supplements but like with the Atkins Diet plan, it is advisable to ask your doctor’s advice before beginning this low carb diet.
Is it good for you?...
The bottom line about the Protein Power Lifeplan is that it works, with some caveats. At best, you will probably be successful at losing weight but this program is quite hard to maintain in the long term, so depending on your determination results might be short lived.
There are also some other problems with this diet plan, including the risks to people with kidney disease or liver problems. Even healthy people may experience some problems due to increased loss of calcium, so supplementation is a good idea.
Additionally the restriction of carbohydrates may be more than is necessary to achieve good results. The authors claim that carbs are completely unnecessary, but biologically this is not true; our bodies need carbs in the form of glucose and glycogen to function. Though the authors of the Protein Power Lifeplan say that our body can essentially “make” the glycogen we need from protein and fat, this has yet to be proven in a scientific study.
It’s true that a diet high in protein will help you lose weight, but it’s also been shown that it’s not necessary to completely eliminate carbs in order to do this; the important facet of this diet plan is the extra protein content, not necessarily the lack of carbs.
It is also not proven that the Protein Power Lifeplan diet is completely safe, as it has the potential to be high in saturated fat and low in necessary vitamins, which may have long term consequences that are as yet unstudied.
• Boiled egg with a slice of buttered toast
• Fresh strawberries or raspberries
• Steamed pumpkin
• Fresh spinach salad with vinaigrette or blue cheese dressing
• Fresh blueberries
• Low fat cottage cheese
• Steamed prawns
• Steamed broccoli or sautéed red or yellow peppers with a low fat vinaigrette
• Mixed fruit salad
• Sliced raw vegetables including peppers, carrots and tomatoes