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?

If you're like most folks, hearing the words "Hollywood" and "diet" in the same sentence leaves you thinking the word "gimmick" can't be far behind. As any serial dieter will tell you, the sheer number of celebrity quick weight loss fixes can make your head spin! Enter stage left: The 5 Factor Diet, the latest weight loss plan reported to help stars like Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Kanye West, and more get their million-dollar bodies.

But is the 5 Factor Diet, from the book of the same name by celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, just another Hollywood diet gimmick? Experts are divided on its value.

"I don't see any real science behind the 5 Factor Diet -- no studies to show it works, plus it doesn't seem to address a major problem linked to obesity, which is emotional overeating," says weight control psychologist Abby Aronowitz, PhD, director of SelfHelpDirectives.com.

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In the Beginning...

The 5-Factor Diet was originally created for celebrities. Harley was challenged to create brief (yet incredibly effective) workouts for actors, while training them during their short breaks on movie sets. In addition, he needed to create healthy meals in a matter of minutes (literally), using simple ingredients (the fewer the better) that could fit in the mini fridge on a set. Oh, and did we mention that he was relying on a blender and toaster oven for the mixing, blending, and cooking? Harley's clients were eating five times a day, cutting the length of their workouts, and transforming their bodies! As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention.
The Online "Factor"
Harley has taken his celebrity-approved diet, and turned it into an interactive and customized online program. Studies show that people who participate in online weight-loss programs lose more weight than those who go it alone. The 5-Factor Diet Online tools are designed to help you stay motivated, feel in control, and track your progress.
Weight Loss Made Easy…

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Wearing a pedometer can help in weight-loss battle


There is little dispute that walking is one of the best, cheapest and easiest things you can do for your health.
What if there was a small, inexpensive device that was proven to boost your fitness, help you lose weight and lower your blood pressure? Would you use it, especially if doing so was nearly effortless?

Jane Bonin does. She has for the past eight months and swears by it. “It's just a way of tricking yourself into doing the right thing,” says the 73-year-old writer and former college professor who lives in Washington.

Hundreds of people at the Office of Management and Budget have one. They've got them at the White House. More than 3,000 Stanford University employees have tried them, as have people in various workplaces.

And yet, buying a pedometer is not the first — or second, or third — piece of advice you typically receive when you turn to someone and say: “I really need to get in shape, but I hate exercising. What should I do?”

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