How does it work?
The D-Factor approach focuses on combining lean proteins with high-dietary fiber, which are low in carbohydrates and calories and keep you feeling full throughout the day. Typical feelings of hunger and deprivation that are usually associated with weight loss are eliminated with the D-Factor Diet Program.
What sets D-Factor apart?
Unlike most diets that tell you to cut out certain food groups, like carbohydrates or fats, The D-Factor Program focuses on what foods to add into your diet in order to lose weight. On D-Factor, you can expect to eat a combination of delicious protein, fats, and carbohydrates at each meal. You can dine out and can eat regular meals (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and dessert) without skipping any meal during the day. For the first time, you will lose weight and improve your life without giving up your lifestyle!
Fiber: the “Miracle Carb” for weight loss
The “D” in D-Factor stands for dietary fiber – the secret nutrient for losing weight without hunger.
Dietary fibre is a type of carbohydrate that cannot be digested by our bodies’ enzymes. It is found in edible plant foods such as cereals, fruits, vegetables, dried peas, nuts, lentils and grains. Fibre is grouped by its physical properties and is called soluble, insoluble or resistant starch.
Fiber is made up of non-starch polysaccharides, such as cellulose, dextrins, inulin, lignin, chitins, pectins, beta-glucans, waxes and oligosaccharides. The word fiber is misleading, because many types of dietary fibers are not fibers at all. There are two broad types of fiber, soluble and insoluble.
- Soluble fiber dissolves in water. It changes as it goes through the digestive tract, where it is fermented by bacteria. As it absorbs water it becomes gelatinous.
- Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. As it goes through the digestive tract it does not change its form.
Dietary fiber foods are generally divided into predominantly soluble or insoluble. Both types of fiber are present in all plant foods, but rarely in equal proportions. What are the functions and benefits of insoluble fiber? Insoluble fibers have many functions, including moving bulk through the digestive tract, and controlling pH (acidity) levels in the intestines.
Benefits of insoluble fiber:
- Promotes regular bowel movements and prevents constipation
- Speeds up the elimination of toxic waste through the colon
- By keeping an optimal pH in the intestines, insoluble fiber helps prevent microbes from producing substances which can lead to colorectal cancer Food sources of insoluble fiber include: vegetables – especially dark green leafy ones, root vegetable skins, fruit skins, whole wheat products, wheat bran, corn bran, nuts, and seeds. What are the functions and benefits of soluble fiber? Soluble fiber binds with fatty acids, slows down the time it takes to empty the stomach and the rate of sugar absorption by the body.
Benefits of soluble fiber:
- It reduces cholesterol, especially levels of LDL (bad cholesterol)
- It regulates sugar intake, this is especially useful for people with diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Food sources of soluble fiber include: kidney beans, pinto beans, brussels sprouts, broccoli, spinach, zucchini, apples, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, prunes, oatmeal, and whole-wheat bread.
How much insoluble and soluble fiber should I eat?
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics2, the recommended daily amount of fiber for women is 25 grams and for men its 38 grams. However, after the age of 50 it is recommended that women drop their intake to 21 grams and men to 30 grams.
Most dietitians say your ratio of insoluble vs. soluble fiber should be 75% to 25%, or 3 parts insoluble to every 1 part soluble. As most high-fiber containing foods usually have both types, it should not be necessary to be too careful about dividing them up.
Oat, oat brans, psyllium husk and flax seed are rich in both types of fibers. In other words, your focus should be on fiber intake in general, rather than what type of fiber.
If you consume 25g of fiber each day you should meet your daily requirements. Ideally, you should consume 5 servings of fruit and vegetables, as well as some servings of whole grain products, each day.
Diets naturally high in fiber can be considered to bring about several main physiological consequences:
- helps prevent constipation
- reduces the risk of colon cancer
- improvements in gastrointestinal health
- improvements in glucose tolerance and the insulin response
- reduction of hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and other coronary heart disease risk factors
- reduction in the risk of developing some cancers
- increased satiety and hence helps in weight management
Please contact us to answer your questions about the D-Factor Diet.