Jessica Simpson's latest slimdown is attributed to the 5 Factor Diet
Jessica Simpson shown here, curvier
- Jessica at the begining of the year, noticeably heavier
Jessica Simpson was recently under scrutiny for putting on weight. Unflattering pictures abounded, calling her fat and claiming she had gained up to 30 lbs. Jessica spoke up saying she was proud of her body, no matter what weight, but then mere months later surfaced with what looks like 15 lbs off her tiny 5’2 frame. What gives? How did she shed the weight so quickly?
Like many celebs, Jessica Simpson turned to celebrity trainer and nutritionist to the stars, Harley Pasternak, author of Five Factor Diet. I went out and purchased his latest read, and took a look for myself.
Poor Jess has yo-yo'd before, women around the globe TOTALLY empathise!
Five Factor Diet, by Harley Pasternak, has been growing in popularity – due, in part, to celebrities like Jessica Simpson, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Eva Mendes, Katherine Heigl, Hillary Duff and John Mayer using the plan.
What is it about, and is it a good program?
The 5 Factor Fitness plan was first published in 2004. The Five Factor Diet is the follow-up.
It’s all about fives: 5 meals a day, 5 workouts a week each made up of 5 exercises… You get the picture.
The Five Criteria for Diet
At each meal:
- low-fat quality protein
- low- to moderate- glycemic index carbohydrate
- healthy fat
- sugar-free beverage
Sundays are a “cheat day” – essentially eating what you want. The book contains a few basic sample meal plans and a selection of recipes for each meal. I must say, I happen to think that the recipes are excpetional. Simple and tasty, so this is a huge plus of the diet, and really great for anyone who cooks.
The Five Factor Workout
The following variables are shifted every week: Type of exercise (strength training, cardiovascular, core movements), Repetitions, Sets, Resistance level, and Rest Periods.
Equipment: Only Dumbbells and a bench required.
Phases (Total 25 minutes)
- Cardio Warm-up
At 65-85% of maximum heart rate – for 5 minutes.
- Strength Training
Each day has two different exercises (superset). Sets, reps and rest are altered each week. This is actually meant to total 10 minutes.
- Core Exercises
This includes various crunches and twists – with varying rep, set, and rest ranges. For 5 minutes.
The cooldown. Author Pasternak believes this will help alleviated DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). Minimum 5 minutes.
The book is interspersed with testimonials (including that of Halle Berry whom the author claims was the inspiration to write the book). Harley denounces yo-yo dieting, and says that this is a lifestyle plan, not a diet where you lose weight rapidly and gain the weight back after because it’s not a regimen that can be sustained.
A point to note, if you are trying to lose a considerable amount of weight, you may need to do quite a bit more cardio. Expending more calories than you take in is the key to weight loss, so those of you, like me, who have more than 20 lbs to take off will need to kick it up a notch and add some additional cardio. Ask any trainer, and they will say that weight training is great to increase your metabolic output long term, but short term, cardio is the key. This superset weight training idea keeps your heart rate up, so that makes it effective cardio AND muscle building, but again- those trying to lose a considerable amount of weight will need to add additional cardio session. Walking on incline or slow jog 45-60 minutes a s day is a great way to shed fat.
On the whole it’s a fairly concise, well-explained fitness program. Just bear in mind one thing: The celebrities have the fitness trainer (Pasternak) working alongside them. That is always going to be superior to having a book on the floor next to you. Duh.
On a personal note, I have begun to incorporate some of these ideas into my Body for Life plan, so I will let you know how it works, and if the diet is going to allow me to continue to successfully lose weight. As always, I take what works for me, and incorporate good ideas into my diet plans to come to an evolution that gives me the best way to lose weight and get fit. This is, other than Body for Life, one of the best and most sound diets I have seen out there. And the food is healthy and tasty. That’s always a plus! Go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to purchase the book yourself.