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Monday, October 11, 2010

Book Review: The F Factor Diet

The F-Factor Diet: Discover the Secret to Permanent Weight LossWhile I strictly follow the Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise for my weight loss, sometimes I find holes in the plan. One big hole for me was FIBER, and the F-Factor Diet by Tanya Zuckerbrot was a big help. It is only $10 on Amazon and a good resource for anyone eating a low sugar/high fiber diet.

The F Factor Diet book is a great book, one where I gleaned several ideas that I used on my weight loss journey. The "F" stands for FIBER and I found it at exactly at the time I needed it. I used the book to find good low sugar/high fiber sources. I was introduced to the wonderful GG Crispbreads through her book and CarbSmart. She suggests using them everyday, and getting 45 grams of fiber or more. I'd have to have a delivery truck constantly backed up to my house to bring in all the GG Crispbreads I need on the F Factor Diet!

I also enjoy her website "Skinny in the City" where she has a guest blogger who is documenting her experience on the plan. I offered to do something very similar for Jorge when I started, but they didn't take me up on it ;-) But it is a real person, not Tanya herself, talking about her experiences and struggles on the plan. She also has lots of recipes and ideas there.

My one problem with her book is that she includes items with artificial sweeteners, like Sucralose and Aspartame, in many recipes. Honestly it is sometimes the only way to get recipes to be low in sugar, but I don't use them and feel very strongly about that. She allows more fruit than the BFC and doesn't give a specific number of carbs/sugar we can have. But it is a great supplement to any low sugar diet plan. I frequently read other diet books to glean new information and help me get over hurdles. You can check out a preview at Google Books to get an idea if fits into your plan too.


  1. Thanks for sharing that info on the F-Factory. I am always low on the Fiber intake and I think that could be way I hold weight on occasions. I will have to check it out.

  2. HI Amber, thanks for the review of the book. You have been very helpful with all my weight loss so far. I appreciate it and you! Thanks!!

  3. Amber, Thanks for sharing about the F-Factor book! Fiber is a BIG factor for me on the BFC so Im always looking for more information to make it all work. Im going to check out the Skinny in the City link too!

  4. Hi Amber,
    I picked up a copy of The New Sugar Busters that was published in 2003. The book before this was The Sugar Busters (not sure when that came out). Since the Belly Fat Cure arrived on the scene in Dec/2009 (dates based on my first edition). I would be so bold as to say, Jorge must have had read and worked off his ideas from this book. They even call their plan (a lifestyle). Interesting how things evolve. If you ever get a copy it's got some great information in it.

  5. Thanks for the Skinny in the City mention! If you are ever interested in doing a guest post - we'd love to have you! Congrats on your weight loss journey!

    Neil K.
    Head of Operations

  6. Amber, I want to suggest a BFC blog topic: sweetener conversions, including natural sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, and even honey and agave. I have noticed everyone has their own version of what no, or low sugar is to them; and therefore there are many different sweeteners found in recipes. I am not a cook, but I do try. However, I am dumb-founded when trying to convert sweeteners. I tend to use xylitol and stevia a lot. But I think for the kids, I will begin to use honey in their recipes. If you could write a post or guide me elsewhere, I would REALLY REALLY appreciate it :)