What is the 5 Factor diet and why does it work?

By Ea Francisco | Photo by Megan Savoie/Unsplash

It’s always interesting to try out new diet trends, but a lot of diet trends have the tendency to look like a gimmick more than an actual lifestyle. However if you wanna try a diet that’s simple and actually based on a study, why not try 5 Factor Diet. This diet is said to be followed by people like Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson, and John Meyer.

What is it about?

The 5 Factor diet was an idea by celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak. Just as the name implies, it revolves around the number five for simplicity purposes, and it promises that you won’t go hungry and have a balanced diet anywhere you go.

The key component of this diet is to eat five meals a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. Your meals should contain these five elements: lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, healthy fat, and sugar-free drinks. Your meals should be done no longer than five minutes with no more than five steps and five ingredients. Also, you have a cheat day once a week wherein you can eat anything.

The Basis

The idea behind these five factors of food is based on the Glycemic Index (GI), which is a measurement that determines the effect of food on your blood sugar. Food that have a high GI spike your blood sugar level, which signals your pancreas to secrete more insulin. Insulin converts sugar to fat and excess of it can bring your blood sugar too low. The idea of 5 Factor diet is to maintain normal blood sugar level. High blood sugar hurts weight loss, but too low of blood sugar increases hunger and the tendency to overeat.

The Workout

Also, the creator stated that half the diet involves exercise. For this diet, you need to do a workout of five exercises done for five minutes each for five days a week. This workout consists of cardio warm-up, upper body strength training, lower body strength training, core training, and fat-burning cardio.

This diet promises results in five weeks but if you still have a lot more weight to lose, it might take longer than that because 5 Factor is more on gradual loss than extreme loss. Experts agree that the logic behind this diet is reasonable and healthy, but it’s not for everyone. This is not an advisable diet for the diabetic because the carbs aren’t enough. Also, it’s not an ideal diet for those with hypertension and kidney problems.