No, F-Factor does not encourage unhealthy weight loss or disordered eating. The F-Factor Diet was developed to provide ample calories, which is why we ask our customers not to try to customize or alter the program that is prescribed in the book or take it to any extremes. The F-Factor Diet is aimed at good health, not just fat loss.
To elaborate, F-Factor’s message has never been about restriction or omission, but rather addition; adding fiber-rich foods into your diet for fiber’s medically proven health and weight management benefits. From Day 1, F-Factor encourages breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner and discourages skipping any meals. On page 92 in The F-Factor Diet there is a section titled No Skipping Meals or Snacks. It states:
“Skipping meals does not help weight loss or dieting! Many people mistakenly believe that by skipping meals, they will save on calories, and lose more weight. Surprisingly, skipping meals may inhibit weight loss and even lead to weight gain over time. When your body is deprived of food for many hours between meals, it starts conserving fuel and burning fewer calories to protect itself from starving. Your metabolism slows down, therefore inhibiting weight loss despite reduced calorie intake.”
F-Factor recommends that all meals are a combination of high-fiber carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. From day 1 on F-Factor, you can eat carbs, dine out, enjoy cocktails, and work out smarter, not harder while seeing results and improving your health. You are also encouraged to eat non-starchy vegetables, which are among the healthiest foods on the planet, in abundance. Non-starchy vegetables are unlimited at all three phases of the program. The book states:
“Limiting your vegetable intake is one of the worst things you can do if you are trying to lose weight and improve your health. Vegetables contain antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, and fiber, and relatively few calories. The reason so many people are overweight is not because they are sitting around eating too many vegetables. In fact, it is often a lack of vegetables in the diet that leads people to fill up on calorie dense food.”
F-Factor is not restrictive. It is liberating and on Step 2, “Continued Weight Loss”, no food is off-limits. On page 108, it states
“Step 2 gives you the freedom to choose the carbohydrates you want. The liberty to decide which foods to add to your diet is what personalizes this program for each individual and what makes this program work. While Step 1 is the most “diet like” part of this program, because of food limitations and boundaries, Step 2 begins the process of helping you create a healthy eating plan that in with your likes and lifestyle.”
It is recommended you stay on Step 2 until you reach your desired weight and health goals. Step 3, “Maintenance – Eating for Life” provides a nutritious and sustainable approach to looking and feeling your best. On page 135 it states:
“By now you’ve learned a new way of eating that enables you to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of lean protein and dairy, and even moderate amounts of fat. You eat carbohydrates but find that you gravitate towards those that contain fiber because of its many health benefits and the role it plays in helping you feel satisfied. Eating foods high in fiber is what has enabled you to lose weight without feeling hungry. You now have an entirely new outlook on food. In other words, you are able to eat just about anything, so as long as you maintain your fiber intake. “
Again, the F-Factor diet was developed to provide ample calories, which is why we ask our customers not to try to customize or alter the program that is prescribed in the book or take it to any extremes.
F-Factor is about learning how to eat to honor your health and your waistline. Our goal is to educate people on how to improve their lifestyle through their relationship with food. With education comes empowerment, and we are committed to empowering every one of our customers with the tools they need to live happier, healthier lives.
The claims that F-Factor could encourage unhealthy eating or even disordered eating is something we take very seriously and have addressed in our Letter To The F-Factor community, which you can read in its entirety here.
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