5 Factor Diet Plan

5 factor diet planThe 5-Factor Diet is a diet plan found in book of the same name written by fitness trainer Harley Pasternak with well-known writer Myatt Murphy.

Celebrity Trainer

Harley Pasternak is a fitness trainer to the stars. He has worked with the likes of Halle Berry, Mandy Moore, and several other celebrities. He has also appeared on shows such as Oprah and The Tyra Banks Show as a nutrition and fitness expert.

Diet Costs

The (hardbound) book costs about $17. It’s also available online, at the diet’s official website, for $20 a month. You will also spend for exercise equipment which includes a set of dumbbells and a stability ball which go for about $15 each. Your other expenditures will come from grocery shopping for regular foods and ingredients for recipes.

The 5-Factor Diet

This diet is based on the principle of eating five meals each day, which are made up of five components: lean protein, complex carbohydrate fiber, a "good" fat, and sugar free drink. These food choices are based on the Glycemic Index (GI) which rates foods based on their effect on blood sugar levels.

Low GI, high-fiber foods may help control cravings and prevent overeating by keeping blood sugar stable.

Pasternak also gives additional key points behind the basis of his diet, including the importance of protein and fiber and their relation to weight loss and good nutrition.

Regular exercise is also part of the this diet plant. Pasternak recommends exercising five days a week "to get the full benefit" of the diet. Pasternak recommends an exercise regimen of five exercises, to be done five days each week. Each exercise should take five minutes to do.

What you can eat

Each meal or snack should be composed of the 5-factor foods: low-fat protein, low- to medium-GI carbs, fiber, a healthy fat, and water or another sugar-free beverage, for six out of seven days on the diet.

Pasternak say consuming moderate-carbohydrate, high-protein meals help you stay fuller longer, thus you’re less likely to have between-meal hunger pangs.

Aside from these there are a few specific recommendations among the acceptable foods in the plan. Some of them include, choosing white meal poultry over dark and avoiding grapes because of their high GI ranking. This makes reading the guidelines very important.

There are more than 100 recipes on the book. All of them require only five ingredients and only five minutes of preparation.

On the plus side, this diet has a "cheat" day where you can eat anything you want.

Does the diet work?

The fact that the diet is based on healthy eating guidelines, recommends different kinds of foods, does not exclude any food group, can be adapted to your liking and recommends exercise, does not make it a fad diet.

However, the celebrity client list and the ‘five of everything’ make it sound like a fad.

Then again, the diet is simply about sound advice about making better eating choices and becoming more active. There’s no magic trick to lose weight. Weight loss really is about burning more calories (by working out) than you take in. A good way to start is to substitute your high-calorie, high-sugar foods with fibrous, sugar-free foods, and work out most of the week.

How long does the diet last?

Pasternak presents the diet as a 5 (again)-week plan. However, for those who want to lose more than 10 pounds, you’re going to have to stay at it for longer. There are no rapid results, only about 2 pounds a week after the first week. The diet is considered safe enough as a permanent lifestyle.