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A Review of the 5 Factor Diet

written by: Victoria Trix • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 1/28/2009

If you are looking for a diet that really works the 5 Factor Diet is one you should avoid. Here is why:

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    There are a lot of diets in the world that simply scream Gimmick. The 5 Factor diet is one of those diets. This doesn’t mean it’s not worth a try if you’ve got nothing to lose. The plans are solid if only they’re based around a gimmicky number 5 rule.

    The 5 factor diet asks participant that they eat the 5 major food elements: fluids, fat, fiber, protein, and complex carbohydrates. Then, the diet asks that they eat these elements over 5 meals a day. The recipes that make up the meal will consist of no more than 5 ingredients or at the least take only 5 minutes to make.

    The diet extends into an exercise routine that takes place over a 5 day week, consisting of 5 exercises that are done for 5 minutes at a time. Then the diet gives a person a day in which they can eat and do whatever they want.

    The 5 factor diet doesn’t rely solely on the number five though. In fact an author of the diet makes the claim that the portioning and meal types contain a “low glycemic index.” What does that mean?

    According to the author the amount of insulin a person produces is directly related to how hungry they are. A low glycemic index will produce less insulin and thus a person won’t be as hungry (and won’t eat as much).

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    Conflict

    However, doctors claim the low glycemic index isn’t as beneficial as you’d think. If a person eats consistently due to emotion, then the glycemic index won’t factor in to them at all.

    According to studies done, persons have a better rate of losing weight when they simply eat less calories than if they eat foods with a lower glycemic index. All in all, the claim isn’t set in stone and persons should be skeptical.

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    Does the 5 Factor Diet Work?

    If this diet was the only option you had, then I’d say go for it, otherwise no. The authors claim “it might seem like a gimmick, but isn’t" when, in reality, it’s completely a gimmick.

    Moreover, the 5 meals a day sets people off. Eating every couple hours can be a hassle; only serious dieters would follow such a routine. A good thing about the diet is it promotes daily exercise, which is key to any diet.

    Overall the diet might work but boasts too many uncertain claims to be taken seriously.

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