The 5 Factor Diet – Can You Count to Five?


5 Factor Diet

Have you walked down the isle at your local bookstore and noticed how many different dieting books there are on the shelf? You could spend all day in that one isle looking for a dieting plan that fits your needs. Harley Pasternak is a nutrition and fitness expert who has helped many celebrities stay fit, has a great 5 Factor Diet that can accommodate almost anyone who is truly motivated to lose weight and eat more healthy.

 What Are the 5 Factors?

The 5 Factor Diet consist of eating 5 meals a day that must have these 5 ingredients in each meal, high Protein, fiber, healthy carbs and healthy fats and finally a sugar-free drink. Next is the exercise routines which are 5 times a week and are made of 5 different phases and only 5 minutes each, for a total of 25 minutes a day. They are a great set and really get you motivated for your day. Harley does encourage you to drink plenty of water throughout the diet. This helps eliminate a lot of bad toxins from your body.

The meals that are provided in the book are very easy to prepare, (usually only take about 5 minutes) and are great tasting foods. The down side that I noticed in some meals are the availability of some of the meats such as ostrich and bison. These may be hard to come by. The snacks are great, and even kids love them! One great thing about the 5 Factor diet is that you get one “Free” day a week to eat whatever you want without feeling guilty! Most people will chose this day to be on the weekend to spend it with the family. I love that part of the diet!

 Is the 5 Factor only available in a book form? No! You can actually try out the 5 Factor through their website. It costs about $4.00 a week. If you choose to try it online, you get great shopping list to help you plan your weekly meals, hundreds of great tasting recipes and even a “recipe” box to keep your favorite meals, daily and weekly meal planner, food log notebook and even an eating out guide to help you pick the best things to order when eating out.  If you are just too busy to prepare your meals, you can order pre-made meals and snacks through the website too. These are pretty expensive and run for about $450 for a one week supply.

Is the 5 Factor for Everyone?

If you are searching for an easy to follow diet plan and are looking for a diet that allows you to eat good tasting foods, this would work for you. You must follow the healthy eating habits that Harley teaches you.

 The 5 Factor may NOT work for those who have emotional eating habits, as the book and the online version fail to mention anything about this topic. Those who have a very busy lifestyle and can not eat every 3 to 4 hours may have a hard time getting through this diet plan as you are encouraged to eat 5 small healthy meals a day.

In conclusion, if you are seeking a diet plan that will allow you to eat your favorite foods and to teach you healthy eating habits, I would suggest trying out the 5 Factor diet. What have you got to loose….except maybe a few extra pounds!

Crystal is our new weight loss expert and we're excited to have her on board! She offers her perspective in a new regular opinion column. Crystal is a professional health and fitness writer with expertise in the diet, weight loss, nutrition, fitness, and health related fields. She is also a certified personal trainer, former owner of HotMommas Fitness Bootcamp in NW Washington, and a mother of five.