The 5 Factor Diet: Can It Work for You?
Celebrities like Jessica Simpson are said to be losing weight on the 5 Factor Diet. But will it work east of Beverly Hills?
The 5 Factor Diet: Can It Work For You?
While there's no shortage of celebrity testimonies in the book, among the
"real people" criticisms noted on book review sites was the
inconvenience of eating five times a day -- essentially every three to four
hours. Critics also noted that it can be difficult to gain access to the snacks
and meals the plan recommends, particularly for people who work outside the
Indeed, while it may be healthy to snack on the suggested smoked salmon
mousse or roasted asparagus tips with turkey, these foods are expensive -- and
not readily available in the workplace cafeteria or vending machine.
That said, Kurtz reminds us that while some of the recommended foods may not
be applicable to "real life," once you get the hang of choosing meals
with the correct ingredients, it's easy enough to figure out what to choose in
a restaurant, or even the workplace cafeteria.
Further, the book provides some recipes for foods that can be made at home
and brought to work as you would any other lunchtime fare.
Finally, it's important to note that while some experts believe that staying
on the plan for the recommended five weeks can help you lose weight, most agree
that the real value may come from being able to master the plan's unspoken
rules -- smaller portions, fewer calories, and appetite control -- for
As Nonas noted in her review: "Ironically, the only drawback [to the 5
Factor Diet] is that the author presents this as a five-week plan. In fact, it
is really a lifelong plan for a healthy lifestyle."