The F-word in diets — fiber

Crash diets always seem to fail. “The F-Factor Diet” allows you to eat what you want, exercise however much you please, and, yes, even sip on some wine, and still see results – all thanks to the miracle carb – fiber.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried (and failed) to lose weight for your New Year’s resolution. 

Don’t worry, us too. More often than not, those weight-loss goals go out the window after a week or two of trying new diets and subscribing to a new gym membership, only to find our cravings for chocolate chip cookies and a full-time career holding us back from reaching our ideal weight.

But with 2019 just around the corner (and lots of holiday food before that), we’ve been exploring new ways to get in shape and we’ve finally found a new diet that seems promising.

WAG recently attended an event at The Collective, one of The Saks Shops at Greenwich, which featured Manhattan-based dietitian and best-selling author Tanya Zuckerbrot, the creator of “The F-Factor Diet.” As she entered the room, her slender frame accentuated by a trendy, tailored white suit, we never would have guessed she was in her, well, it’s not for us to give away a lady’s age. But she looks younger than her years — perhaps due to her wildly popular diet plan that she says has helped her and thousands of others become the healthiest version of themselves.

Zuckerbrot’s F-Factor diet is based on fiber-rich nutrition. Rather than depriving yourself of your favorite foods, the F-Factor diet suggests supplementing your meals with fiber-rich foods — fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains. It’s something we need more of. The average American eats only 15 grams of fiber per day, when women really need 35 grams daily. Zuckerbrot recommends upping that number to 40 grams of fiber per day for maximum results. 

Zuckerbrot knows from experience. After gaining the college “freshman 15,” Zuckerbrot completed the graduate nutrition program at New York University. She has garnered a clientele of many A-list celebrities and authored two best-selling books, “The F-Factor Diet” and “The Miracle Carb Diet.” If her credentials aren’t quite convincing enough for you to take the plunge and try the F-Factor diet, she also allows her clients to indulge in wine. We’re sold.

“Most diets are based on deprivation,” Zuckerbrot explained to wellness blog LivLight with Laurie Lloyd in a recent interview. F-Factor, however, is not.

Many normal diets, such as juice cleanses or other low-calorie fad diets, direct us to restrict our calorie intake. When consuming fewer calories, our metabolism actually slows down, making the most of each calorie we take in. And, as we all know (from those friends with frustratingly fast metabolisms who seem to eat whatever they want without gaining a pound), a slower metabolism means we burn fewer calories. But the addition of fiber-rich foods actually burns more calories because of the work it takes to try to break down fiber in the body. (It cannot be broken down, thereby passing through the body and adding no calories.) Still, it keeps us full longer, meaning you won’t feel as tempted to reach for that midnight snack.

Zuckerbrot labels the F-Factor diet as “liberating,” as it allows you to eat out at your favorite restaurants. (One client even told The New York Times she would call up Zuckerbrot, let her know which restaurant she was dining at, and Zuckerbrot would tell her exactly what fiber-full options she could have). 

With a multitude of F-Factor-approved recipes on the diet’s dedicated website, we’re sure that this diet is one we will actually enjoy. Fiber-packed recipes for burgers, pancakes, cupcakes, pasta and more (even ice cream) look just like our restaurant favorites. Gone are the days of depressing salads and skipping breakfast. Zuckerbrot says breakfast is a necessity for boosting your metabolism, and the fact that there are so many fiber-filled recipes to work into our cooking schedules makes the diet seem that much more manageable.

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