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The 5 Factor Diet Hardcover – December 26, 2006

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Every diet plan has a gimmick, but Pasternak's is simpler than most: the number five. The author's "five factor" system (previously seen in his 2005 book, 5-Factor Fitness) includes five small meals a day, five workouts a week and a list of five factor foods-basics like egg whites, lean poultry and beans-in each of five food categories. More than 100 pages of low-calorie-if not particularly imaginative-recipes are included (such as Chicken and Rice Miso Soup and Roast Beef with Carrot-Pear Slaw), each of which include five ingredients and take five minutes to prepare. The in-demand author, whose clients' testimonials are scattered throughout the book (Kanye West and John Mayer among them), never fails to sound cheery, so even if daily rounds of five-factor strength-training sound daunting, his liveliness will help give readers courage: "Don't worry, my plan is the easiest, most effective exercise program you'll ever use." Though it might help to have the schedule of a Hollywood star-getting in five meals a day presents its own challenge for busy nine-to-fivers-his exercise plan is mercifully brief, the diet itself is flexible, and he doesn't require giving up any foods. In fact, Pasternak gives readers one "cheat day" a week-the better to demonstrate "how well the 5-Factor Diet is working."
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“The diet that’s changing Hollywood.”—Us Weekly

“Harley has changed my life. Not only do I feel better than ever, but now I can have guilt-free pizza anytime, and that has made me a happy girl.”—Eva Mendes

“I love Harley’s plan! I get the most results in the least amount of time. The meals are delicious and I never feel like I’m on a diet.”—Jessica Simpson

“Once you get started, you get addicted to looking, feeling, and living your best.”—Alicia Keys

The 5-Factor Diet saved me on tour. I can’t believe there is healthy food that tastes this good. I’ve never been in better shape!”—Kanye West

The 5-Factor Diet is not a diet, in the sense that there’s nothing to fall off of. There’s nothing to say good-bye to, and nothing to long for. It is almost too good to be true!”—John Mayer

“Harley’s intelligent and innovative approach to health and fitness inspired me to get excited about working out again. I have more energy, more knowledge, and I am hands down in the best shape of my life–thanks to Harley.”—Halle Berry --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Meredith Books; First Edition edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696232243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696232244
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Wallgren on January 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I will preface my review by noting that I have a full time job in a "professional" (management) atmosphere. I'm also a full time student at university, as well as member of the armed forces. I'm married, and I participate in extracurricular activities such as the performing arts and volunteer work. In a nutshell...I am a BUSY person. Also, I'm certainly no movie star or any other kind of star. I have found a way to MAKE this lifestyle work for me. It was a tremendous adjustment, and there are days that I'm very frustrated. However, the improvement in my overall well-being, as well as that of my husband, is worth every moment spent in the kitchen.

The most important thing to realize about this plan is that YOU are in control. No one counts for you...no one cooks for you...you are responsible for the menu choices you make, etc. I've been living this lifestyle for almost a year, and I will address two of the chief complaints I've heard about the eating plan.

1) "I don't have time to do the cooking...I need a professional chef!" First off, I am not a professional chef, and neither is my husband. We don't pay for anyone to come in and prepare our meals for us. Every Sunday, which is the "free" day we've chosen for ourselves, we go out and do the grocery shopping. We purchase all the ingredients we will need for the week. Then we go home and TOGETHER we prepare four of the meals for the next day. We select menu options that will be easy to reheat or require no reheating. (Quesadillas, pears with peanut butter, and the pita sandwiches are all favorite choices.) The next day, I use the microwave in the office breakroom to prepare my specialized meals. I don't take a break; I'm fortunate enough to have my own office and I simply eat my "snacks" at my desk.
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I am really enjoying the food. He absolutely does NOT skimp on flavor and textures. I get plenty to eat. It eliminates cravings. I feel very good on it. Plenty of energy. When you use a variety of the menus, it is well balanced in fruit and vegetable intake.

I love that he has 5 weeks of menus all written out in a chapter. If you do not want to choose your own meals for the day, simply go there and it will suggest 5 recipes for the day.

I do wish he had put the nutritional information on each menu plan in, but after figuring them myself, I know what it is and it's all pretty balanced and routine for each day in that respect.

It does take me more than 5 minutes to prepare my meals - only reason I did not give it 5 stars, as that is what he says on the book cover. I am sure he can do that, being very familiar with it. There are some recipes that can be done this quickly and I suggest that you find those, use them when you will not have time, and then enjoy preparing your meals as any normal person would on the rest. Also, as I become more familiar with the recipes, as doubtless Pasternak is, they will go much more quickly. I'm still transitioning over and trying to prepare two different meals for my family.

It is not a cheap diet. No diet that includes whole, healthy foods is going to be, unless you are starving yourself. But again, there are varying recipes concerning ingredient costs. The cheapest foods are white processed flours and sugars. Those are not included in this plan.

For those who feel he's no different than anyone else, I can only say they must not have really studied up on the intricacies of each diet, but simply overviewed them in a general fashion.
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I've had this book for a couple of weeks, and bought it despite my disdain for "dieting." If for no other reason, buy it for the recipes. They are simple, low in fat, high in protein and generally produce two servings, sometimes large servings. This is not a book that advises you to drastically cut calories. It advises you to eat and what could be better than that? I've completely changed what and when I eat and it seems to be paying off.
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I've purchased my share of diet books but finally found my last one. There are a ton of great recipies that fit perfectly with Harley's workout plan. He backs it up with a wealth of knowlege which he conveys in a very simple, easy to understand read. I checked out his celebrity client list for living proof and that doesn't lie. I've never written a review before but had to because I know, by so many trials and errors, how hard it is to find good information on how to be truly healthy and not just be duped by the next diet fad. Trust me, this is the one! I've only had the book for a month and I not only feel great, but have dropped nine pounds by eating better tasting food than all my other twenty or so other diet books on my shelf, combined. Thanks Harley.
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I have been following the 5 factor program for 7 months now and have obtained desired results from it. I have also recommended it to 5 friends (not part of the 5 factor paradigm...) and they found it to be the most practical and result-oriented program. All of them have lost weight and this is the only program that they have been able to stick with...so adios

New things in this book:

*****120 recipes of 5 factor foods that you can make at home...but being a vegetarian I had to modify some of these and used some of my own

*****Completely revamped exercises...which are just as effective but easier on the back (Exercise ball exercises replace the old crunches) - I bought this edition just for the new exercies...

So overall comments...this is the best program out there...both in terms of exercise suggested and eating tips and recipes...and as the author says - "the only program you will ever need"
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