We have often heard about the X-factor – that one of a kind something that is all but impossible to define. In the world of diet and nutrition, there is another alphabet-related factor that seems to be making waves: the F-factor.
The F-Factor diet is the “star” of a book written by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS RD. Nutritionist Denise Reynolds writes about her take on the book via a review on EMaxHealth.com.
The F in F-factor is not as abstract as the iconic X in the X-factor. F stands for fiber, which is the central ingredient to what is essentially a weight-loss plan. Denise Reynolds sums up the F-Factor Diet as follows: “The F-Factor Diet is based on the idea that the intake of high-fiber foods help to promote the feeling of fullness and reduces appetite. Fiber takes longer to digest, so essentially the longer one is full, the less they will eat and therefore lose weight.”
Reynolds also points out that in addition to giving one a feeling of fullness, fiber can also help control blood sugar levels. A diet that is rich in fiber does not create the same glucose increase that is created when one eats refined carbohydrates that eventually leads to excess weight gain. The fact that it also helps “keep hunger at bay” means that one is not prone to eating in excess.
The foods recommended in the F-Factor diet are as follows: brown rice and whole wheat bread; fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts; and lean proteins such as chicken and broiled salmon.