The F-Factor diet was designed and written by Tanya Zuckerbrot, a dietitian, with 10 years of practical experience helping people to lose weight. The book The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secrets to Perminant Weight Loss has many fans who use to book to plan and control their weight loss and weight management.
The 'F' in the F-Factor Diet stands for fibre. This means that fibre in the diet is increased, which claims Tanya Zuckerbrot, promotes weight loss, improves the appearance of the skin and hair, increases energy levels as well as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes as well as colon and breast cancer.
How does the F-Factor Diet work?
Increasing fibre in the diet also means giving the F-Factor Diet participant the feeling of fullness, which decreases the appetite and lowers the likelihood the F-Factor dieter of snacking between meals.
In the F-Factor Diet book the writter recommends a number of foods to include in the diet. These include:
- Fibre based cereals
- Fibre based crackers
- Fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries etc)
- Vegetables (salad greens, broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato, cabbage)
- Whole grains foods including brown rice, whole wheat bread and whole grain breads
- Beans and Legumes
The F-Factor Diet doesn't call for dieters to cut out all other foods to just eat the above list. Rather it concentrates on adding these foods to a diet whereby the dieter can still enjoy other foods they like but due to to feeling of fullness eating fibre, will in all likelihood eat less fatty food stuff and more fibrious foods that satisfy and promote sustainable weight loss.
Advantages of the F-Factor Diet
The F-Factor Diet isn't merely a fad diet that asks the dieter to radically reduce calories through a regemented formula of low calorie / low carbohydrate foods. The F-Factor Diet does allow dieters to eat foods they enjoy. Of course to promote weight loss and to sustainably lose weight dieters will still need to take on board less calories than they burn during eceryday activities, but according to the author of the F-Factor Diet book, fibre holds the key to this process by making the dieter feel full - which in turns will lower the amount of calories digested.
Other postives to the F-Factor Diet is that there is a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats with the diet plan. Unlike diets such as the Atkins Diet, the Mayo Clinic Diet and the Lighter Life Diet the F-Factor Diet doesn't call for dieters to disguard whole food groups in search of sustainable weight loss and weight management. In some ways the F-Factor Diet is like the Zone Diet, which to aims to find a balance between proteins, carbs and fats during meals.
Unlike other diets which concentrate on avidly counting calories, 'points' or constructing an eating plan that requires a nutritional degree, I'm think diets like the Weight Watchers Diet, the TNT Diet or the GI Diet, the F-Factor Diet plan is easy to follow and all the foods recommended can be purchased at the local supermarket or corner shop.
Also, the F-Factor Diet doesn't rely on purchasing the drinks, bars or shakes promoted by the diet company pushing the diet plan. Unlike the Lighter Life Diet, the Slim Fast Diet and others the F-Factor diet is inexpensive. In fact it could be argued that the dieter will actually spend less due to the feeling of fullness on the fibre based diet and weight loss programme.
Disadvantages of the F-Factor Diet
At the start of the F-Factor Diet although no foods are cut out the suggested serving sizes are rather small.Again, there is a balance between proteins, carbohydrates and fats but for those used to eating more the F-Factor Diet suggested portion sizes may come as a bit of a shock.
This may require some to increase the intake of food which may reduce the likelihood of finding success on this particular diet programme. That said the dieter could simply increase the amount of fibre eaten at each meal time without jepordising the overall diet and weight loss principles of the F-Factor Diet.
The F-Factor Diet - Conclusion
Unlike fad diets the F-Factor Diet is written as a way to change your eating habits as well as a why to safely lose weight. Promoting balanced meals and recommending increases in fibre during each meal are both positive factors that will allow the dieter to successfully manage their weight long after the F-Factor Diet has started. Balanced meals also mean no foods are diguarded as 'bad'. It also means that F-Factor dieters will feel energised rather than lethargic during even the early stages of the diet and weight loss programme.
Finally, the diet is inexpensice, safe (providing the participant has no allergy to wheat) and allows dieters to decrease their weight at a sensible sustainable pace rather than yo-yo diet for months and years to come.
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