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02-15-2007, 02:28 PM
Hi, I just read this book and was wondering if anyone else has? I really liked the idea behind it and the basic workouts it includes.

02-15-2007, 03:05 PM
Tell us more about it, please.

02-15-2007, 03:23 PM
Yep i'd love to know more

02-15-2007, 03:34 PM
The 5 Factor Diet

5 meals a day
5 ingredients per recipe
5 minute prep time
25 min exercise 5 days a week
1 eat cheat day

The book is written by Harley Pasternak. He was on Oprah and the Today show. He has the recipes and workout in the book. It shows you how to increase your excercise time for advanced. I have been adding in more cardio. The guy is the trainer for some famous people he of course lists. Halle Berry and Eva Mendes are a couple.

His recipes are in there but you can make up your own when you get the hang of it. This has given me energy and made me move. You can have bread! It just seems more doable. It feels a little like circut training.

02-15-2007, 04:01 PM
sounds good i'll have to check it out

02-15-2007, 04:51 PM
It sounds very reasonable, and it gives you a structure to follow. I've never heard of it, but I'd like to see some of the recipes...maybe I'll see if our library has it.

02-16-2007, 08:17 AM
I could not find the book in our library. The recipes are simple but if you want to use 2nd phase South Beach a lot of them fit. The key is having lean protein, a carb, good fat, fiber and a sugar free bev at each of the five meals. He does go through what kind of carbs and grains that are allowed. He does talk about somethings that I thought were a bit out there like having Bison steaks. I mean that is not practical. The bread has sprouted grains and I thought that would be hard to find but I found it at Kroger and love it!! I have not found fourless tortillas yet.

02-16-2007, 08:39 AM
It's actually too bad that bison and goat meat are not more commonly available. Both are lower in fat than beef, and similar in taste.

04-09-2007, 09:59 PM
Has anyone else looked at this book? I keep wondering if is worth it? (

04-10-2007, 01:50 PM
I should update my goal thing. I have lost 30lbs following it. I eat 5 meals a day. I follow the recipes and now can gage my own. I work out 5 days a week for 25 min a day. I have been adding more cardio on my own just because I find it is helping with stress and gives me more than 25 min away from the grind of having a 4 and 2 year old!:carrot:

04-15-2007, 11:03 PM
Hi Jodi - I just saw the 5 factor diet in the latest womans world magazine . In it they just say whole wheat bread and tortillas - they didn't mention flourless or sprouted.

Still trying to find the book, but do you have any fav recipes or workouts?

04-16-2007, 09:22 AM
It does say in the book to use fourless or sprouted bread. I found my book at a local bookstore. I did see it on

I have a lot of fav things. In the morning I love mixing strawberries with a little splenda. I put them on my sprouted grain toast mixed in with lowfat cottage cheese.

I love skinless ground turkey browned and mixed with spinach, red peppers, low fat feta and red onion. I brown the turkey with steak season and olive oil. Throw in the veggies until tender and then the cheese.

04-16-2007, 01:11 PM
thanks Jodi

04-16-2007, 02:55 PM
I found the book on ebay.... Great price so Im going to get one and check it out.... they have a bunch so anyone else looking for the book might want to check there.... HUGS

04-16-2007, 03:12 PM
I should update my goal thing. I have lost 30lbs following it.

In what amount of time?

04-18-2007, 04:23 PM
I am not sure how long it has taken me to lose. I am also reading a book called The Secret! Wonderful book! I think it maybe number one on the best seller list. It is about the law of positive attraction. Attracting the things you want in the universe.

04-25-2007, 12:04 AM
I bought the book last night on I'm an impulse buyer. So i though tthat i would look for a thread. So happy that i found one. I really like the exercise portion of the bookd. Its very do-able. But then i came to the eating portion. Didn't really care for it. I'm going to tweak it abit to match my tastes. So here goes.........

04-26-2007, 03:08 PM
I would love to talk to someone that has tried this. Harley's website isn't very good yet. I need to get started but it helps to talk to someone else.

04-29-2007, 11:15 PM
I would love to talk to someone that has tried this. Harley's website isn't very good yet. I need to get started but it helps to talk to someone else.

I bought the book in January and have been on this diet since February. This is a diet I can stick with for the rest of my life. Feel free to ask me any questions.

05-01-2007, 08:48 AM
I don't know where to begin.
Do you eat a lot of the same meals?
Do you make up your own meals?
Do you follow his exercise program?
Do you do additional exercise?
What is a sample day of menus for you?
Do you take any supplements?
How old are you?
What do you usually eat on your cheat day?

I really appreciate your help. My insane month of April is over. I was gone every weekend and it's been very difficult to stay on a diet. Other than graduations I have to go to, May is going to be a little calmer. I am at the top of my weight & I am so frustrated because nothing fits and I feel horrible. I know I need to sit down & read thru the book again and make a grocery list. I am the type of person that tends to eat the same thing every day. I have to look again, but I thought Kashi Go Lean Crunch was in there. I love that cereal. I need things simple. Can't wait to hear from you! You can email me directly at


07-06-2007, 11:50 AM
is anyone still following this plan? Im finishing up my first week on it, and was wondering if anyone stuck with it.

07-06-2007, 12:31 PM
I don't know what plan you've been following, but you're doing great!
I've been following kind of my own plan. Basically I try to eat every 3 hours and stay pretty balanced w/carbs & protein. On a normal day I eat 40% carbs/40%protein/20% fat. Usually under 1300 calories. I have a cheat day on Sunday. Unfortunately that sometimes starts Saturday afternoon. And I cheat BIG!!! But I still lose a lb a week. Plus I have not been exercising at all. I would only lose one pound a week following Weight Watchers every day and exercising every day. This is much easier. What have you been following?

Glad to hear from you!

07-06-2007, 12:50 PM
Thanx, my weight has slowly come off over the past 2-3 yrs, mostly from following the South Beach Diet, but I felt I really couldnt stick to it, I was constantly in Phase 1, I was also doing alot of running/walking. I was down to 145 lbs but I plauted (sp?) and have gone back up to 160. The 5 factor diet seems more doable to me, and I like the workouts. I havent seen any change in my weight yet, but im willing to give it more time. I was hoping someone could tell me there having great results with this plan :)

Keep up the good work, 1lb a week is great, i wish i was losing steady

07-06-2007, 10:35 PM
I've been on 5 factor since last Sunday and am already down nearly 12 pounds. The meals aren't really small, neither are the snacks. The first few days I didn't even think I would be able to get all the food down.

So far, I have only felt hungry once, and even then it was only for a little while since you eat so frequently. Some of the meals make me nervous, but there are enough in the book that you always have options.

I've never gone a week on a diet without some doubts until this one, it's almost like the pounds are melting away!

07-11-2007, 01:02 PM
Do you have the 5 factor Diet or 5 factor Fitness book. I have to fitness book, it was his first book that came out. Im kinda curious what the differences are in the books. Awesome job!! Im down 5lbs so far.

Are you eating even if you arent hungry at all? I did good the first week eating all 5 meals, but this week im just not hungry at all.

07-12-2007, 09:00 AM
I have the 5 Factor Diet book, so the second book I guess. It has 5 weeks worth of recipes, which is awesome, and the workout is pretty simple and easy to follow.

Ended up losing 14 pounds(!) last week, but have fluctuated around that weight everyday this week.

I wish there was a place with lots more recipes, that's my only problem...I want more examples. :) Some of the food is really

07-16-2007, 12:47 AM
I am just finishing up my first week on this plan, and so far I really like it. The workouts really kick my butt, probably because I am not used to working with weights. The food has been pretty good. I made the chicken fingers for dinner tonight and they were great! I tend to stick with the same few recipes though, just for the sake of convenience. I love the stir fry, and I took the chow mein to a pot luck dinner and it went over well. I will weigh myself on Tuesday, and we'll see if any weight has come off! If anyone else is still on this plan, let me know how it's going!


07-16-2007, 12:40 PM
Im down another lb. So far so good, I really like this plan, I feel like I can really stick to it. I still just have the first book, Ive gone to Barnes and Noble twice looking for the second book, just to see what the differences are but they havent hadnt it. Im thinking that the second book just has more recipes but follows the same guide lines. I havent used any of the recipes in the book though, Ive just been following the 5 guidelines and I seem to be doing fine :)

Keep up the good work ladies


07-16-2007, 01:24 PM

The second book is basically the same as the first, it just has way more recipes and the workout is slightly modified to include a stability ball. Are you doing the workouts as well as the diet? How much weight have you lost and in what amount of time on this plan? I hope you don't mind me being so nosy! Since I've just started the plan, I'm curious to see what others have experienced with it.

The workouts go by so quickly that I feel like I should be doing more! But I'm always sweating my butt of by the end, so I figure that's a good sign!


07-18-2007, 12:07 PM

I am doing the workouts as well as the diet. Im currently on my third week. I lost 5lbs the first week and 1lb the second week. I really do like both the workout and the diet. Let me know what kindof results you see.

I just noticed we're the same height and about the same weight.

Keep it up


07-18-2007, 12:37 PM

I noticed the same thing, that's why I was so interested in your progress, haha. I'm frustrated right now because on Monday (day 6) when I weighed myself I was down to 157. Today (day 8) I weighed myself and I was back up to 159! I have been sticking with both the fitness plan and the diet, so I'm not sure what caused the gain? I think I am going to add an extra cardio workout in the afternoons, because I feel like the 10 minutes of cardio just isn't enough!

What are your favorite recipes? I love the quesadillas for lunch, and really like the stir fry for dinner, I could eat it every night. But most of the dinner recipes just don't sound good to me.

Keep me updated!


07-26-2007, 12:43 PM
Sorry I havent replied my computers been down. I know exactly how your feeling right now I was down to 158 and this week weighed in and Im at 161, Im following the plan and doing a the workouts but I gained. Its kind of disappointing but Im sticking with it.

I dont use any of the recipes in the book, I make my own food just following the 5 factor guidlines.

Let me know how things are going

07-26-2007, 12:54 PM
Well I switched from the diet to calorie counting, but still find myself incorporating the 5 factors into almost all my meals, and I still use a few of the recipes from the book. I am still doing the workout 5 mornings a week, but I go back to the gym 3-4 times a week in the afternoons to do additional cardio. I just felt like I wasn't getting enough from the 10 minutes of cardio in the workout. But I'm making progress now and am down 5.5 pounds in 2.5 weeks!

08-01-2007, 11:48 AM
Im still at a stand still. Not losing or gaining. Im still trying though. Ive never really liked calorie counting. It works but i find it inconvienent and after awhile it becomes obsessive for me. I feel like i cant eat something unless i know exactly how many calories are in it. let me know how it goes though.


08-09-2007, 02:31 PM
What a great thread! I plan on buying the book on the way home from work this afternoon. It sounds pretty easy, and I'm at a point where I have to do tired of being tired.

I will probably have questions, but I will offer support, too.

Congrats to everyone who has lost or is sticking with it through a plateau.



07-31-2008, 06:49 PM
i just started this diet yesterday. i lost 2.6 lbs already. i hope it keeps going!! anyways i was wondering about the cheat day. can you eat whatever you want all day or do i have to eat say chocolate cake, and then eat the 5 factor foods. thanks in advance!!!

08-01-2008, 12:14 PM
Thanks for a great question.

He talks about a cheat meal, rather than a cheat day, if memory serves.

I don't eat everything I could want because I have to get rid of that excess later on and I feel it puts me "behind schedule," ha ha...

The cheat meal can be pretty much anything you want. I don't know what others do, but I limit mine to 45 minutes, otherwise my cheat meal becomes a cheat day! I try to decide if I really am craving something specific. I don't do a cheat meal every week; I wait until I really want something in particular, or I'm out to dinner or someplace where I can't get what I need, so it's nice to have that extra "insurance" when I might be away from my "normal" food.

Hope this helps,and that I've not given you incorrect information. Best of luck and keep us posted as to your progress!

08-04-2008, 08:01 PM
Thank you Claire for your help!! It was very helpful! I'm down another 2 since the last post and tomorrow is cheat day, so I'm a little scared. haha!! Thanks again!!!

08-06-2008, 11:22 AM

How did your "cheat meal" go?

08-06-2008, 11:58 AM
Hi, all!

Here's my menu for today:

Meal 1: 4-egg white omelet with 2 tsp. olive oil, 1-1/2 cups veggies, 2/3 cup fresh cherries

Meal 2: 1 pkt instant oatmeal, 6 oz yogurt (with live cultures), 2 tsp sliced almonds, 1 piece fruit

Meal 3: 5 oz. tuna, small tossed salad, walnuts, 2 tsp canola mayo, more fruit

Meal 4: Same as meal 2

Meal 5: Baked fish, steamed veggies, sliced steamed sweet potato, pecans and cinnamon on the potato

Believe it or not, I stay pretty well satisfied. I gained some weight back from diabetes medication (drat!) and eating this way is helping me push the numbers on the scale back down.

When I eat according to plan, my blood sugar stays steady and I don't have to worry about irritating the linings of my ateries and veins from sugar spikes.

Hope to hear from friends (and new folks)!


10-28-2008, 10:47 PM
Is anyone still doing the 5factor diet. I just started yesterday and am looking for advice.

04-11-2009, 10:38 AM
This plan is so simple.

Has anyone else bought the paperback or signed up onlne for the program?

05-23-2011, 04:54 PM
Any new opinions or updates on the 5 factor diet?

My weightloss has stalled and I've been very active during the past two weeks, incorporating daily 2 mile walk/jog without any movement in the scale. :(

Over the weekend I watched Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Concert and was amazed at her body. She's perfectly fit without being too skinny. An online interview credited the 5 Factor Diet as a major part of her routine (in addition to all of the daning)! So I think I'll give it a try.