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Every so often, a diet comes along that seems to capture
the imagination of the public. It’s happened before with
such widespread diets as the Atkins Revolution, the South
Beach Diet, and Nutrisystem™. A new diet has joined the
ranks of these popular, yet often criticized diet plans. It’s
called the 5 Factor diet, and it comes in the form of a
new book by fitness guru Harley Pasternak. She has
appeared all over national television promoting the book,
including such outlets as the Oprah show and Tyra
Banks’s morning program. She claims as clients such
celebrities as John Mayer and Halle Berry (and who
wouldn’t want a body like Halle Berry, after all?). Of
course, all of this is incidental to the central question:
what is the 5 Factor diet all about, and does it really
work?
The 5 Factor Diet: A Brief Overview
Obviously, any diet book worth its salt cannot be
adequately summarized in just a few lines. In fact, it is
this very type of summary that has given other diets a bit
of a bad name in the general public. Take the Atkins diet,
for instance. Because of oversimplification, the vast
majority of the uninitiated public (as in, those who have
not taken the time to read the book), believe that the
Atkins diet is about cutting out carbs completely, for the
rest of your life. This is the furthest thing from the truth,
and even a cursory reading of the book would show you
otherwise. For this reason, we hesitate to simplify any
diet, when the book itself would be so much more
enlightening. Then again, it would hardly serve the
purposes of this report to say: go read it for yourself. So
let’s take a look at the 5 Factor Diet with the
understanding that no synopsis can do any book (diet or
otherwise) much justice.
The 5 Factor diet is built around the glycemic index. If
you’re unfamiliar with the glycemic index, it is basically a
way for us to tell which foods have the most damaging
effect on our blood sugar when we consume them.
Scientists and nutritionists believe that foods with a
severe impact on the GI cause us to gain weight more
rapidly, due to changing spikes in our hunger levels and
slower metabolization of the calories themselves. The diet
advocates a daily plan of five meals per day, with each
meal made up of five components (the “5″ in the 5 Factor
Diet). These components are a lean protein, a complex
carbohydrate, fiber, a good fat, and a sugar free drink.
In addition to the call for five daily meals made up of
those five components, Pasternak places great emphasis
on the importance of exercise in the diet plan. This in
itself, it must be said, sets it apart from many similar diet
plans, and is a refreshing change of pace. So many diet
books concentrate exclusively on the eating portion of the
plan, and treat exercise as an afterthought. Of course,
there is good reason for this from a marketing
standpoint. It has been shown time and again that the
only thing Americans loathe more than dieting, it’s
exercise. Come out with a diet plan that eschews (or at
least downplays the importance of) exercise, and you
have a much better chance of success (even if the dieter
themselves does not).
Pasternak’s emphasis on exercise is doubtlessly born of
her background as a fitness trainer. It is a well guarded
secret of the Hollywood stars that they got those ripped
abs and toned cores not through any secret diet pills or
plans, but through hours of grueling exercise each day.
Of course, the average American doesn’t have the will
(much less the time) to do so much exercise, but we
typically have time to do more than we think.
Once again, with the exercise plan (and, truthfully, this is
where the book starts to wear on you with the
gimmicks), it is put in such a way that it fits the titular
“5″ of the 5 Factor Diet plan. Five days a week of
exercise, five exercises, with each exercise taking five
minutes to do. Is it reasonable to think that this is the
optimal amount and mixture of exercise, as compared to
anything else, or is it just put in this way so as to fit with
the theme? Well, that’s up to the reader to decide, but
the opinion of this writer is probably clear. Still, points
are still given for the emphasis of exercise in the first
place, and perhaps the 5 gimmick will help disciples of
the diet remember exactly what they’re supposed to do,
keeping it simple and thus easier to follow. There’s
something to be said for that as well.

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