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REAL LIFE RESULTS... Day 42 of the Diet,
This review is from: The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss (Hardcover)
***My review, like all the others, both positive and negative alike, should not in any way influence your decision to purchase or pass on this book.
Weight loss is a personal struggle. What works for someone, may not work for someone else.
My review is merely intended to share the fact that I have not "tried" this diet - I have PRACTICED it for ONE FULL MONTH and I am excited to share the results of my effort. I genuinely wish you luck in your weight loss journey!***
Day 42 of the Diet:
Total pounds EVICTED from ME: 16.5 (can we just call it 17, or do we have to be formal here?)
And, the shocker...My husband announced a 6 pound drop on the scale (and all I changed was his DINNER!) in the past month.
The biggest change I've made is NOT bringing carbs to the table at night. No starchy veggies, rice or potato side dishes since I've started. From DAY ONE, I offered to continue to make these sides for the husband, but he voluntarily passed at first because he "didn't want to tempt" me by eating something I couldn't/shouldn't.
My (oh so brilliant) mom started to portion out a package of instant mashed potatoes into single-serving size baggies/containers so that my dad gets 1 serving of potatoes or rice with his meals on occasion and I found the single serving Corn with butter sauce/Broccoli in Cheese sauce for when my husband deserves a "treat".
Anyway...now my husband walks into the kitchen as I'm putting food on the plates at dinner and says "I'll have what you're having" and I load the plate with approximately 2-3 cups of a couple of veggies (rotating and using up leftovers so we don't get stuck eating broccoli or green beans EVERY night in the week). And, a HUGE piece of meat - like 8 ounces of juicy steak, a monster chicken breast, or a massive pork chop. I simply plan my day around some FANTASTIC dinner!
If I do something "different" like marinate the chops in Soy Vay teriyaki seasoning, I get the question "and all this stuff is on your diet?" and the answer is always YES. In fact, last night I made a microwave teriyaki rice from Uncle Ben that served 2 people and had my parents over so the guys had a massive veggie stir fry piled high on their plates WITH RICE - died and gone to heaven!- and 8-10 oz of grilled terriyaki pork chops.
The husband (and my dad) continues to eat pasta in Italian restaurants, and would never dream of giving up the chips & salsa, nachos, hot dogs & beer - but, if he continues to eat healthier at home and simply indulges when he's out then I suppose there's no harm...
Side note - I'm a month away from having blood work done again, and it will be interesting to see how the cholestoral, glucose (my own personal, currently non-diabetic, horror) and blood pressure compare from last year to this year.
As always, I really hope you are able to find the food plan that becomes a life style and is easy to adapt to your family. Good luck!
Day 32 of the Diet:
ONE SIZE DOWN! Seriously, does it get any better than zipping a pair of "old" jeans? I continue to learn life lessons (like 1/2 a pizza + 3 pina coladas = 3 lb sodium/carb GAIN...EEK!) but a few days back on target brought me sailing back down on the scale from my weekend splurge and then some... So, the official number is 14 down and counting... I wish you the best of luck in your own journey - which ever path (or book) you take!
Day 22 of the Diet:
I am down 11.6 pounds and feel amazing. I even feel my will power stengthening and I have navigated stressful environments like the office lunch room (homemade fudge!) and restaurants (mmmm, Mexican!) and still witnessed success.
In 3 short weeks, this has changed from "diet" to "lifestyle" and the crackers are the key. I am so full, I am able to resist the urge for sweet or salty snacks.
I cannot tell you that this will work for you, but it has definitely worked for me.
From Original Post: Day 8 of the Diet
My mom and I are sharing a copy of this book. We have each read it twice, made notes in margins, and added our own clippings and inspirational tidbits.
We have been living this "diet" for 8 days and we cannot share our success with enough people. It is simple and basic and has rearranged how I organized Meats, Cheese and Starch in my brain. During Week 1, my mom has taken a 4 day weekend vacation and eaten in restaurants 3 meals a day during her travels and I had a lunch out with friends.
The crackers are the key (I'll agree with the reviewer who hated them with light cream cheese - but I absolutely LOVE them with peanut butter! I also love to use them as my "bun" with Laughing Cow Light Onion Cheese smeared on one of them for added "flavor" to my now, very filling, burgers!)
I cannot tell you that this plan will work for you, but I can tell you that Weight Watchers, Optifast, Jenny Craig, ChangeOne, Atkins, The Zone, SugarBusters, Southbeach and OTHERS have not been successful for my mom and I.
The F-Factor Diet is what we have labeled as "our answer to dieting". It has changed our life by simply changing what we eat and how we eat it. I have NEVER been this full on so few calories in my life.
WEEK ONE, DAY 7 RESULTS: Mom and I have lost 8 pounds (5 from me, 3 from her.)
When you find the plan that suits you, you'll know.
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Initial post: Mar 18, 2007 3:09:14 PM PDT
I am so glad that you and your mom are still doing so well. It is a bonus that your husband is also losing. I initially decided to check into a fiber rich diet because of your review of FFactor, among a few other reviews. I ended up getting fiber 35 because it fit so well. At the time there weren't any reviews but now it appears that others are enjoying the book and diet also.
I am a little confused about your evening meal. You said you don't have any carbs at night. Clearly that is working for you. Is that something you learned from F Factor or is that a tweak of your own? I have to have fiber in the evening to make sure I get the 35-45 grams of fiber that I aim for.
Really, my diet rotates around healthy carbs. I limit the fat (my tweak) but not the carbs.
One small struggle that I am having is finding a cookbook with "normal" foods. I am getting a cookbook called Magic Beans because I assume that there will be a lot of high fiber foods. Do you have any other ideas??
Reading your review really hit me because I really feel like we have been through the same "dieting" circus. None of those other diets worked for me either. If you read my review of Fiber35 you will see that I feel the diet needs to fit you not the other way around if you want to make lifetime changes. It really appears that a fiber diet is working for us!
I feel great!! Thank you for the review and the updates!! I am going to do a review just like yours and hope to have as much success. So far I have done Fiber35 for 6 days and I have lost 4 pounds. I am thrilled.
Breakfast: normally I have oatmeal and an orange or banana for around 10 fiber grams
Lunch: either left overs or a can of soup with fruit (oranges are my favorite fruit)
Dinner: this is where I am having a hard time . . . I have made meatless chili, grilled chicken with oven fries, whole wheat pasta with spagetti sauce, mostly I aim for beans/potatoes/WW pasta to help me get the fiber in and have something my family will like. So far they haven't even noticed that we are eating "different". I love this diet!!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2007 11:33:23 AM PDT
Mrs. Close says:
Gina, have you been to Sparkpeople.com? That's where I found this book. It's a great FREE website along the same lines as WW online (I think) run by nutritionists, fitness experts, and motivational speakers. Message boards, recipes, exercises and stretches, food and exercise trackers, etc. etc.
Also, have you tried Barilla Plus pasta? I get it at Walmart, and I've seen it other places too. It has the great texture of regular pasta (better, actually, not so mushy) but none of the grittiness of whole wheat pasta. It has great flavor and tons of fiber, omega-3 acids, and bunches of vitamins and minerals. My husband can't tell the difference, and he actually asked if I'd done something different with the sauce.
Posted on May 28, 2012 10:28:43 AM PDT
The 5-year mark is the time that that relapse rate drops to 25%. I wonder if you are still using this style of eating and maintained any weight loss.
Posted on Mar 19, 2013 6:17:16 AM PDT
I'm going to check this out after I finish 28 days with Personal Trainer Food that I just ordered. But I avoid soy at all costs, per Dr Mercola (and my own advice) and rice -- ugh! (excuse me, but I always considered that rice was for poor people (I know, I know the entire Asian populace hates me for that remark - too bad).
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