What is the F factor diet exactly?
The F factor diet is not exactly a diet but a lifestyle that focuses on consuming high-fibre carbs in combination with protein in every meal. This keeps you satisfied along with helping you lose weight. A high-fibre diet apart from making you lose weight also has some other health benefits including improved cholesterol levels, improved blood sugar levels and sustained energy levels.
According to the US Dietary Guidelines, women need 25 grams of fibre each day while men need 38 grams. The F factor diet promotes aiming for a minimum of 35 grams of fibre daily and tracking it by keeping a food journal.
Experts advise avoiding cardio while one is following the F factor diet. As doing cardio increases your appetite, which will make you end up consuming more calories than what you are burning.
What to eat on F factor diet?
Net cabs: These are the carbs that are absorbed by the body. In order to calculate the net carb in whole foods, subtract the fibre from the total number of carbs.
The F factor dieters follow several phases:
Phase 1: Aim for less than 35 grams of net carbs per day.
Phase 2: Aim for less than 75 grams of net carbs each day.
Maintenance phase: Consume less than 125 grams of net carbs per day.
Foods that you can eat on F factor diet:
Beans and legumes of all kind, eggs, high fibre veggies such as carrot, beet, broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes, nut butter, high-fibre cereals, high fibre fruits including apples, oranges, pears and berries and whole wheat bread.
The diet can be great for weight loss as you do not have to keep a count on your calories. High-fibre foods that are also low in calories make for the perfect weight loss foods. These keep you satisfied while filling you up with not many calories.
Still, fibre can sneakily fill up, so beware.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Please consult your treating physician for more details.