Book Review: The Six Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle

The Eades have done it again. Fresh off of the documentary Fat Head, and still regaled for their bestselling books that have helped to change the way America eats (for the better), arriving in stores today is their latest creation, The Six Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle.

Marrying the scientific, the archaeological and the anthropological, the Eades begin the book with a discussion of the importance of the waistline as a semblance of health and well-being. An anecdote shares their personable side, just as they launch us into an important discussion regarding what we thought we knew (and didn’t) about the waistline with regards to overall health.

More than just a slim middle, the Eades segue into low-carb as a means to effortlessly flattening those pudgy problem areas to lose weight, feel great and live for a long time, ensuring you annoy your offspring for years to come (do you hear that, teenagers?!).

Easy to read discussion moves towards a six week low-carb plan that can be followed for perpetuity, including meal plans and a whopping 107 pages of recipes for everything from breakfast to dinner to myriad variations of the protein shake, a staple for easy breakfasts (and so easy to make you’ll smack yourself in the head for ever buying a store-purchased shake).

The meal plans, themselves, incorporate meat, fat, vegetables and fruit, with some dairy (preferably organic), which eschewing the use of aspartame as an artificial sweetener.

The shakes add a vavoom factor for people on the go and make certain aspects of the plan exceedingly simple. Just drink a delicious shake a few times a day and eat a sensible meal at dinner. But that’s just the first stage of the program (you’ll have to read the book for the rest *shows a little book ankle*).

For those already following a low-carb plan, the Eades’ way of eating offers simplicity with options, especially the first two weeks. Referring to weeks three and four as “A varied, nearly all-meat diet”, this portion of the program is essentially Atkins induction (with the option of small amounts of some added fruit), but without dairy, aside from some scant cream in a coffee.
The book shares great detail, going into menus for all phases, as well as how to follow the plan for perpetuity–something which is important for those who need to keep working beyond those six weeks.

High fat (we love you! mwah mwah mwah) and a move towards organic food choices (mwah! I kiss your face!), meal plans and a generous recipes section. What’s not to love?

In fact, this book is so amazing, it even saved me from contracting West Nile Virus! I smushed a mosquito with my proof copy while I was looking for a recipe.

I definitely recommend buying this book–and I’m a cheapo.

Details details

Book: The Six Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle
Pages: 299
Publisher: Crown Publishers, New York
Authors: Mary Dan Eades, M.D., and Michael R. Eades, M.D.
Pub Date: 2009
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  1. This book looks awesome girlfriend! Thanks for the review! *Bounces off to buy a copy*

  2. It's on my list, mostly because I'm a fan of his blog and their other books, but I'm glad to see your review. Are you trying the program out? How's it working?

  3. I'm really an Atkins girl, and have been since the 80's. Making a switch would be like slapping my daddy in the face.

    On the flip side, I largely already eat what the Eades' recommend in their book due to Atkins! The real difference between the two is in the protein shakes and probably some of the supplements. Atkins also has an induction period which the other plan does not, although the Eades' plan is still largely regimented in the first two weeks.

    I do have on average two protein shakes a day a lot of days, but I don't add the leucine or D-ribose that they recommend. I'm not into all the added supplements. I already have an unused cupboard of them.

    Weight loss hasn't been any different with or without the shakes. Again, I'd say the carb counts are very similar for both Atkins 2002 induction and the six week plan.

    So why buy the book? It's a different look at low-carb, houses new research and will be perfect for folks who don't have time to cook as often as the Atkins plan necessitates. It allows for 3 shakes per day plus a small meal for dinner in the beginning, and it doesn't get much easier than that!

    It's also a good book for folks who have less weight to lose. Atkins is a myriad phase program. Eades' really offers fewer phases.

    I hope this helps!

  4. Your review was so good I just Amazoned it. Then again, I've been known to purchase all kinds of stuff close to the register!

  5. skydivingchickie says

    Do you get money for doing these promotions? I was offered something that sounds similar to what you are doing and wondered if it is worth it to try. I need some extra cash.

  6. I don't receive money for reviews, no. I do things my own way, and with apologies to no one.

    I give away 99% of everything sent to me by publishers at my own cost (save for galley copies that aren't meant for public consumption or any food samples I accept, which are rare–I prefer to buy my own!)

    Whatever you do, keep it real!

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