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Have you heard of one of the music industries most recent diet “craze”? The Five Factor Diet has received plenty of media attention for being claimed to have helped stars like Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and many more achieve their toned, slim sexy bodies.
So, what is it?
The Five Factor Diet, created by celebrity fitness trainer Harley Pasternak, is a diet program which is focused on- you guessed it, fives. For five weeks, celebrities are sticking to a strict eating and workout regimen, which includes doing five different exercises for five minutes each, five days per week. In food, the diet equates to five small meals per day, containing no more than five ingredients and containing the following five elements: protein, (low-glycemic) carbs, fats, fiber, and fluids. The meals should also take no more than five minutes to prepare. The plan also includes one cheat day per week, totaling five cheat days throughout the program to eat whatever you’d like, guilt free.
What results can individuals expect to see after the five weeks? According to Pasternak, the diet helps individuals lose weight, tone up and form new eating habits. By default, it just about eliminates all processed foods and that in itself, is a tremendous bonus to your health!
As a professional Health Coach, I’ve explored many diets and though there are several factors to consider on this diet such as special dietary needs for diabetics, etc. I say, with a few minor adjustments, give it a try!
This diet is really nothing special. I believe that the “fives” make it a little gimmicky, however it does give individuals a good guideline to stick to and if they do, they can in fact, see great results. Health and fitness as we know it are a part of a healthy lifestyle and the hope of the Five Factor Diet is that it will create the habits changing an individual’s life. Some people don’t know where to start when they’re told to “eat right and exercise” so a diet plan like this, which includes eating mainly whole foods, can be a good beginning in making lifestyle and dietary adjustments.
Here are a few suggestions I would make to a client receiving coaching alongside this diet:
1) Fiber- Let’s make clear that all fiber is not created equal. The fiber in brown rice is very different than the fiber in a box of cereal. Be sure that if trying this diet you stick with whole grains such as oats, buckwheat, quinoa, organic corn and brown rice. The reason whole grains are important is because processing strips the bran and the germ from the grain, and with it goes the fiber.
2) Cheat meals- Even the most dedicated body builders cheat on their diets. Cheat meals are added into many diet plans to keep individuals from binge eating. The Five Factor Diet includes one cheat day per week, however be careful with this. It is possible to reverse a week’s worth of progress in one day. Additionally, eating “whatever you want” including foods high in sugar and fats may lead to cravings for more and make it more difficult for you to resume the diet afterwards. Be sure to plan your meals, including your cheat meals.
3) Have realistic expectations- Remember that celebrities employ a huge team of professionals to help them look the way they do. It is their JOB to look a certain way in front of the camera and when the lights go off they are still regular people like you and I. Dieting for five weeks is not going to give you a body like Rihnanna or Beyonce. It takes hard work, discipline and it helps to have someone to hold you accountable. With consistency and support, you CAN achieve YOUR absolute best body.
High Five for The Five Factor Diet!