The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fas
The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fas , 07-24-2011 08:30 PM


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"The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fast!" - By Michael Eades and Mary Dan Eades

Sorry, this is not a review, but a question, really, to see if anyone has read this, and tried it.

I've just been looking at the amazon reviews, and although a lot of people seem impressed by it, I'm rather worried by some of the detail that's coming out, especially as I'm a fan of Michael Eades' blog.


I'd been looking for a bit of inspiration for those of us a bit longer in the tooth than others, but, as a believer in real food and animal fats I don't like the sound of all those protein shakes and DAG oil.

I'd be interested to hear from anyone here who has read the book and tried putting it into practice, or other views on what they seem to be presenting.

One of the negative comments on amazon was (compared to their previous books) the lack of theory presented as to why things were supposed to work.

Also several people complained about hunger, something we don't normally hear about on low-carb diets.

Regards,
Mike



RE: The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fas , 07-26-2011 01:36 PM


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I read the book, and had the same misgivings you have expressed. I had already discovered for myself that protein shakes just make me hungrier (although I thought perhaps the addition of cream and an egg might help in that regard).

However, in chapter 4, "Not So Elementary, Watson" under the subheading, "The History and Science Behind the Program" they talk about Blake Donaldson, M.D., and Walter Voegtlin, M.D., who both devised an all-meat diet to help their patients with allergies (Donaldson) and Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (Voegtlin). The side effects of these all-meat diets were rapid weight loss from the midsection, and improvement of blood sugar and blood pressure problems if they had them.

They go on to explain, "We recognize that in today's climate of saturated-fat phobia, many people will be skeptical of following an all-meat diet despite the enormous amount of research showing there is no cause for concern. To overcome our patients' reluctance and yet preserve the biochemical benefits of the all-meat diet we knew would be effective in ridding them of their middle-aged middles, we deconstructed the meat into its basic components and reassembled them in a different, not-all-meat fashion."

I decided that I would just cut to the chase and try the all-meat diet. It worked, although I found I missed my vegetables, so I have added back in some of my VLC favorites. I'm considering going back to the all-meat diet again, as I have regained some of my previously lost weight. I also suspect that I may be one of the people Gary Taubes talks about whose metabolism has been irreparably damaged and it may not be possible to lose past a certain point without resorting to unsustainable behaviors (e.g., starvation-type calorie restriction), so rather than set an ideal weight limit which may be unattainable, I'm attempting to establish a pattern of eating that allows for no weight gain, but also minimal hunger and superior nutrition. And I sincerely hope that it will also promote the healing of my metabolism.
RE: The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fas , 07-27-2011 11:23 AM


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However, in chapter 4, "Not So Elementary, Watson" under the subheading, "The History and Science Behind the Program" they talk about Blake Donaldson, M.D., and Walter Voegtlin, M.D., who both devised an all-meat diet to help their patients with allergies (Donaldson) and Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (Voegtlin). The side effects of these all-meat diets were rapid weight loss from the midsection, and improvement of blood sugar and blood pressure problems if they had them.

They go on to explain, "We recognize that in today's climate of saturated-fat phobia, many people will be skeptical of following an all-meat diet despite the enormous amount of research showing there is no cause for concern. To overcome our patients' reluctance and yet preserve the biochemical benefits of the all-meat diet we knew would be effective in ridding them of their middle-aged middles, we deconstructed the meat into its basic components and reassembled them in a different, not-all-meat fashion."

I decided that I would just cut to the chase and try the all-meat diet. It worked, although I found I missed my vegetables, so I have added back in some of my VLC favorites. I'm considering going back to the all-meat diet again, as I have regained some of my previously lost weight. I also suspect that I may be one of the people Gary Taubes talks about whose metabolism has been irreparably damaged and it may not be possible to lose past a certain point without resorting to unsustainable behaviors (e.g., starvation-type calorie restriction), so rather than set an ideal weight limit which may be unattainable, I'm attempting to establish a pattern of eating that allows for no weight gain, but also minimal hunger and superior nutrition. And I sincerely hope that it will also promote the healing of my metabolism.

Thanks Denise. My diet is already mostly meat (with eggs), and it hasn't had a magical effect, although it's been moderately effective.

I sometimes think I eat too many calories, but maybe it's more like too much protein (although I keep the fat as high as I possibly can).
It's certainly not an excess of carbs in my case (not these days).

Regards,
Mike



RE: The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fas , 07-27-2011 11:55 AM


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Several of us tried this a long time ago. WE drank the shakes and lost weight. We gained it all back when we started back on solid food. Just for your info.

BIG HUGS FROM THE SWAMP
RE: The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fas , 07-27-2011 03:41 PM


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Thanks Gator Gal. There do seem to be some contradictions in the Eades approach. For example, I think I read in his blog not that long ago, that if he or Mary Dan have allowed themselves to go a few pounds over, then what they do is go on the all-meat diet for a bit until it's sorted out.

However, in the plug for the book, he says that even with their approach to diet, over time they tend to put on weight (i.e. they get middle-age spread like a lot of other folk) and this was their answer to it.
Which kind of suggests that their normal diet isn't all that effective at keeping weight gain at bay.
RE: The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fas , 07-27-2011 06:34 PM


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Yes, but if you read Dr. Mary Dan Eades recipe blog, the recipes are not very strict. And he mentions how fond he is of "Jameson Time" in the evening, so I think they also experience carb creep.