An acclaimed surgeon specializing in weight loss delivers a paradigm-shifting examination of the diet and health industry’s focus on protein, explaining why it is detrimental to our health, and can prevent us from losing weight.
Whether you are seeing a doctor, nutritionist, or a trainer, all of them advise to eat more protein. Foods, drinks, and supplements are loaded with extra protein. Many people use protein for weight control, to gain or lose pounds, while others believe it gives them more energy and is essential for a longer, healthier life. Now, Dr. Garth Davis, an expert in weight loss asks, “Is all this protein making us healthier?”
The answer, he emphatically argues, is NO. Too much protein is actually making us sick, fat, and tired, according to Dr. Davis. If you are getting adequate calories in your diet, there is no such thing as protein deficiency. The healthiest countries in the world eat far less protein than we do and yet we have an entire nation on a protein binge getting sicker by the day.
As a surgeon treating obese patients, Dr. Davis was frustrated by the ever-increasing number of sick and overweight patients, but it wasn't until his own health scare that he realized he could do something about it. Combining cutting-edge research, with his hands-on patient experience and his years dedicated to analyzing studies of the world’s longest-lived populations, this explosive, groundbreaking book reveals the truth about the dangers of protein and shares a proven approach to weight loss, health, and longevity.
Weight loss surgeon Davis (The Expert's Guide to Weight Loss Surgery) convincingly argues that the best way to eat for health and longevity consists of a diet high in plants and low in meat. He asserts that though it might seem that "scientists are constantly disagreeing," there actually exists "a broad consensus that including plants and limiting animals in our diets is the single best thing we can do for our health." Davis takes on the current vogue for high-protein diets and patiently debunks the studies that appear to support them, arguing that the meat and dairy lobbies have long tried to suppress the proof behind his recommendations. Written well and with brio ("If I were to take a piece of fat from your butt, I could send it to a lab that can determine exactly what you have been eating"), the book begins with Davis's personal transformation from meat-eater to vegan, and then moves to an examination of popular high-protein diets such as Atkins and paleo and a consideration of how diet contributes to or protects from chronic disease. Exhaustively researched and fascinating, this book also contains a handy sample meal plan with recipes.
I will be reading this book over and over.