F-Factor Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

f-factor-dietThe F-Factor diet is designed by Tanya Zuckerbrot, a dietitian, with 10 years of practical experience helping people to lose weight.

The creator of the diet claims that not only will the diet promote weight loss but it will also improve the appearance of skin and hair, boost energy levels, as well as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, colon and breast cancer.

General diet guidelines are similar to the ‘Zone Diet’. Tanya recently released an updated version of F-Factor called The Miracle Carb Diet.

The F-Factor Diet Basics

The F-factor diet is based around increasing the intake of high fiber foods. Fiber helps to promote the feeling of fullness and to reduce appetite. Fiber also controls blood sugar balance which helps to maintain high energy levels.

Recommended High Fiber Foods:

  • Fiber One Cereal
  • Fiber Crackers
  • Fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, pear, apple)
  • Vegetables (salad greens, broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato, cabbage)
  • Whole Grains (brown rice, whole wheat bread)
  • Beans and Legumes (garbanzos, black beans, lentils, pinto beans)
  • Nuts (peanut butter, almond, pistachio, walnut)


4 weeks of menu plans are available at www.ffactordiet.com

Meal plans are set at approximately 1100 calories per day.

The book includes 75 recipes as well as guidelines for making suitable food choices when eating out.

Other low Calorie meal ideas can be found here.


The F-Factor Retails for $24.95 USD.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price.


  • The diet emphasizes adding healthy foods to the diet rather than eliminating foods.
  • Contains a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats and does not eliminate entire food groups.
  • High nutrient content due to the emphasis on fruits, vegetables and unprocessed foods.
  • Good for those who feel hungry when dieting because the high fiber content reduces appetite while still allowing for a reduction in calories.
  • Beneficial for those with a high risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


  • Serving sizes of outlined meal plans are very small. Calorie content may need to be increased for those with higher calorie requirements.
  • The first two weeks of the diet requires a specific brand of crackers with no allowance made for suitable alternatives.
  • Diet will need to be adjusted for those who are allergic or intolerant to wheat as fiber one and fiber crackers are listed as a requirement of this diet.
  • Inadequate guidance for monitoring fat intake and the types of fats in the diet.


Overall this is a sound eating plan based on solid nutritional principles however the calorie content will need to be increased if the diet is to be continued for more than a few weeks. Those who have a physically active lifestyle will also need to increase the calorie and carbohydrate content of the diet in order to support higher activity levels.

This is a diet that can be continued as a healthy eating plan at a higher calorie level and is especially suitable for those with a high risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Matt

    Check out the book “Divorce Your Diet”
    Works for practically anyone, specialized in treatment for Diabetes
    Google it.

  • Jenny Aquaro

    The F-Factor diet is a simple solution to weight loss AND healthy eating. Previous diets I’ve tried prevented me for eating the foods I wanted and I eventually began overeating and giving up on the diet. Many diets focus on eliminating important nutrients that are vital to the body but the F-Factor does the opposite, it increases the amount of fiber in the diet, while at the same time helping you to lose weight and making you feel full. Fiber is an important part of the diet that is most often eaten in inadequate amounts. The F-Factor diet book, which I bought off of Amazon, explains in detail the amount of fiber needed in the diet and the different steps involved in losing weight. I have been on the diet for 1 months and have already lost 10 pounds without changing my exercise routine (I have no time in my schedule!). Not only have I lost weight but I also feel more energized throughout the day and my digestion system has been regulated ever since. I would highly recommend this diet to anyone who wants a healthy, simple diet in order to lose weight without having to drastically change your lifestyle (you can also drink alcohol!).

  • Katie

    I disagree with Supermodel. This diet completely regulated my bowel movements and gave me more energy. There was not even a day that I had stomach problems adjusting to the fiber.

  • Jennifer

    LOL at Glenn! I agree with you on the diet, it’s great…but you are hardly an unbiased reviewer as the woman who created this diet is your wife! : )

    @Jackie…go to http://www.brancrispbread.com You can order the crackers there.

  • Jackie Kerbow

    I don’t know where to find the crackers the f factor diet recommends. Can anyone help? I live near Houston in Conroe.

    • Saira KN

      I found them at Krogers in the Organic/Special foods area!

  • Supermodel

    What the good Madame Tanya doesn’t inform you about her diet plan is that it will make you sit on the toilet for 7 hours approx per day and, no, your boss won’t pay you for those 7 hours you spent sitting on the toilet, straining to pass all that excess fibre.

  • Sondra Robbins

    Another version of the Weight Watcher eating plan that has been around for years and years so it is probably good and definitely great for diabetics. It’s common sense to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc. etc. but if you need a definite plan this would probably work.

  • Debbie Rowe

    I have Crohn’s disease and pancreatidis. Can you let me know if I can go on this diet?

  • J

    you can do a google search for “zone recipes” and a lot of recipes will come up that can also fit the F-factor diet


    glen, other than the book…where do you get recipe suggestions for the f factor way of eating??

  • Glenn Beyer

    I have done this diet and have lost 20 pounds in three months. It’s easy and unlike other diets, you don’t have feelings of hunger and deprivation.

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