Diets seem to gain momentum when a celebrity starts talking about them, and the F-Factor diet has followed the same trend. People like Katie Couric, Olivia Culpo, and Megyn Kelly have put their stamp of approval on this diet that actually dates back to 2006 when the founder, Tanya Zuckerbrot, wrote a book called “The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss.”
Since it’s early beginning, many people have started practicing the F-Factor Diet. Personally, I hadn’t heard about it until I read a blog about it, so I figured it was a good one to come and talk about today for those of you who like to follow dieting trends.
What is the F-Factor Diet Weight Loss Program?
The diet relies on four principles that may shock you:
- Eat Carbs
- Dine Out
- Drink Alcohol
- Work Out Less
Okay, if you are still reading or have a different level of attention, I totally get it! When I first read those bullet points I thought this was a joke! However, the diet does go into a bit more regimen than that, and it focuses on a combination of eating lean protein with high-fiber carbs that don’t contain a lot of calories and help you feel full most of the time. (I find that key in any diet, which is why water, especially sparkling water, is normally my best friend.)
The founder, Tanya, as I mentioned before, hails from New York City and has had a private practice for more than 20 years.
How the Diet Works
The “F” stands for “Fiber.”
With this diet, you’ll have to love fiber, or learn to love it. Women are recommended to eat at least 35 grams of fiber on a daily basis and men over 38. We all know the benefits of fiber, so I won’t go over that in any detail here today.
The meals suggested to get fiber are chicken cacciatore, zucchini parmesan waffles, and creamy mushroom asparagus risotto.
With this diet being very unrestrictive, I believe people will follow it and have success with it. It also makes it a point to cut down on processed foods, which obviously is a great thing. I cut them out due to the high amount of sodium involved in processed foods.
Other than that, a lot of information isn’t given about this diet other than the founder sells some protein powders along with it on her Facebook page. I find that odd, or maybe a ploy to sell more books so that you have to go out there, buy that, and then you get the full details of the diet. Hey, whatever works I guess. I just wish I had more information out there to consume, digest, and share with you all so I could have a more fulfilling F-Factor diet review.
Are Health Professionals Endorsing this Diet?
With this being a high fiber diet, the one thing I read is that it’s best to gradually increase your intake of fiber. It’s going to help avoid any side effects like gas or bloating, or any other discomfort that would come with just having so much fiber blast into your system when you may not be ready for that. It’s also a good idea to drink water throughout the day as you do this.
The concern also remains that it doesn’t address portions or calorie counting. People will eat when they are full, and with stuff like carbs, over-eating can be a concern.
Has anyone tried this diet? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the diet as well as any results you achieved or failures that happened. Speak up in the comments please!