The Weight Management & Lifestyle System
Buy and read the book Protein Power by Drs. Michael and Mary Eades. They have developed a new way of thinking about weight loss, optimum health and nutrition. Their program uses cutting edge research and comes to some startling conclusions about our attempts to lose weight. Dr. Hadley and Dr. Fischer have read the book, done some research on their own to confirm some of the authors’ medical reasoning and were amazed to find that the program makes sense. Here is a brief preview of the findings:
1. The traditional low-fat diet we have been urged to follow for the last 15 years simply doesn’t work or the world would be populated with thin people. Calories necessary to fuel our body and to be used for energy come from only three sources: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. As we reduce the amount of fat we eat, we are replacing it primarily with carbohydrates.
2. Carbohydrate is metabolized in the body to sugar. When the blood sugar increases, insulin is produced to lower the blood sugar. As greater amounts of carbohydrates are consumed, more and more insulin must be produced to keep the blood sugar normal, a medical condition we call hyperinsulinemia. Interestingly, consuming protein or fat has very little effect on insulin production.
3. Insulin does more than just reduce blood sugar. Insulin promotes fat storage, increases salt and water retention, and increases cholesterol production.
Your body produces another hormone, glucagon, which counter-balances insulin and does the exact opposite of insulin. If we can lower insulin and raise glucagon, good things start to happen.
4. Insulin and glucagon levels can be manipulated through diet. A high protein, low carbohydrate diet will prevent hyperinsulinemia and result in a relative increase in glucagon, thus mobilizing fat and reducing both weight and cholesterol. While you don’t have to make an effort to eat fat, it need not be avoided as fat is metabolically neutral as long as insulin levels are kept low by following the low carbohydrate diet.
Palm Beach Family Physicians
Diplomates, American Board of Family Practice
2669 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 100
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Phone: 561/968-7600 Fax: 561/968-0443
Lee A. Fischer, M.D. Holly W. Hadley, M.D.