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The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight Loss Hardcover – December 28, 2006

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About the Author

Tanya Zuckerbrot, M.S., R.D., is a nutritionist in private practice, based in New York City and Miami Beach. She serves on the advisory boards of Shape and Men's Fitness magazines, and has appeared on Today and Fox News, among other shows.

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Decrying fad diets, board-certified dietician Zuckerbrot devised a diet that emphasizes fiber consumption without worrying much about carbs, fats or calories. The key, she asserts, is combining fiber with lean protein at every meal. Besides all the health benefits fiber provides-discussed here at length-an additional benefit is that, since fibrous foods are more filling, diners feel full more quickly and are likely to eat less. Zuckerbrot lays out a step-by-step plan, complete with recipes and menu suggestions for eating at home and dining out. Yes, there's a recipe for healthful standby Cabbage Soup, but there are also recipes for Broiled Salmon with Dill, Tandoori Chicken and Breakfast Burritos. Even those who don't follow Zuckerbrot's regimen will learn much from her professional insight (she has some choice words for doctors-including bestsellers Dr. Atkins and Dr. Agatson-posing as nutritionists), as well as the fiber and carb content for a huge list of foods. Zuckerbrot's sensible, educational approach and easy-to-follow diet plan make this book worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (December 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399154124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154126
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I read this book I couldn't help thinking how similar it is to the Zone diet. Low refined carbs, high fiber, lean protein, and a small amount of healthy fats. The only thing that's different is that you are aiming for about 35 grams of fiber per day; the Zone doesn't stress fiber as much, although it does clearly say that the more fiber, the better, because it fills you up.

So...I am now on day 2 of the 2-week introduction phase of the diet, and I'm not dying...yet. I don't feel too deprived on this diet because the foods you eat really are quite filling. I also like that after the first 2 weeks, there are no forbidden foods...you just have to eat appropriate portions since what you can eat is limited to a certain # of servings.

I had to buy a case of the GG Crackers online, because I can't find any stores here that sell them (and I'm in Seattle!!!). The crackers are definitely 100% fiber, and they taste like it. I've found that as I get more creative with how I use them, it gets easier. For instance, they're great with peanut butter. I also like them with light cream cheese and lox, or light cream cheese and cucumbers w/ cracked pepper.

So, basically it's a diet. If you're an absolute foodie like myself, you will feel limited, despite the author's claims. The notion that "you don't take away foods, you just add more fiber" is a little misleading, because you have to cut way down on processed carbs. However, processed carbs aren't off limits, you just really can't enjoy that chicken pot pie like you used to.

Overall, it's a sound diet. It describes the way humans are probably meant to eat. It's healthy, there are a million benefits to eating enough fiber, and you definitely feel less weighed down on it. However...
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***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).
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If you've been looking for a way to internalize an approach on how to eat for life, then I can't recommend this program highly enough. This morning I completed the two-week long Step 1 part of the program and I have lost 10.5 lbs. (and I didn't exercise once during this period)! As the book promised, I was able to dine out frequently from day one, which I did at places like Chipotle, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bertucci's, and Wegman's.

What this program does is teach you that lean proteins and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet, supplemented by reasonable portions of nuts, berries, fruit, high fiber whole grains, and healthy fats. Not once did I ever feel deprived. In fact, the whole of step 1 was actually a great pleasure. I really enjoyed having Fiber One cereal mixed with Dannon Crave Control yogurt to start my day each morning and it is now my standard breakfast. Lunch was often grilled chicken salad topped with salsa at a Mexican restaurant or rotisserie chicken (skin removed) with sesame green beans from the grocery store cafe. Dinner might be something like filet mignon with a side of asparagus (great to eat in the spring!) or Old Bay seasoned shrimp (steamed at the grocery store) accompanied by a vegetable salad topped with olive oil and vinegar. Daily snacks were 1-2 pieces of low fat string cheese, a cup of raspberries, and 1 - 1/2 ounces of nuts (all kinds). If I wanted something in the evening I would have either a tofutti pop or a celery heart with a wedge or two of laughing cow cheese. Since I had chosen a high fiber fruit (raspberries have 8 g per cup), and was also getting about 4 grams of fiber from the daily serving of nuts, I never even needed to eat "the cracker" to reach my fiber goal for the day.
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