This diet has nothing to do with the show X Factor. Simon Cowell will not be coming out and critiquing your diet techniques or flat out saying "you're flabby" you need to do more of his diet.....
The X-Factor Diet was written by Leslie Kenton and published in 2002. She has written over 30 best-selling books on health and beauty. The book describes a metabolic disorder called syndrome X, or insulin resistance syndrome, and discusses ways to rid the body of this syndrome to both look and feel better. The diet proclaims to have no calorie counting involved and the ability to reset the body's metabolism.
The diet is restrictive but the good news is by following the 14 day diet plan, the proper exercise and adhering to a new lifestyle without sneaks or cheats, the results can be 4 to 12 lb. weight loss in two weeks for the women and 8 to 16 lb. weight loss in two weeks for the men.
After the initial two weeks of dieting, the weight loss is slowed to approximately 1/2 to 2 pounds, which is similar to most diet plans out there.
The X-Factor Diet at a glance
The Principles of the Ketogenics and Insulin Balance Programs
Eliminate both refined and high glycaemic index carbohydrates, including flour, starchy vegetables like potatoes, white rice, sugar and other sweeteners.
Choose natural, fresh, organic, unprocessed foods
Eat many of your vegetables and fruits raw if you can, to get the benefits of the sunlight quanta they carry
Make non-starchy vegetables your primary source of carbohydrates
Steer clear of soft drinks, fruit juices, alcohol, and other highly processed drinks
Eliminate vegetable oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids from your diet. Use cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil instead
Enrich your diet with omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and flaxseed oils
Refuse all trans fats – junk fats found in deep-fried foods, margarine as well as foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils
Eat protein foods at every meal and snack
Eliminate coffee – especially on Ketogenics
Stay away from all highly processed convenience foods
Gradually determine your own best level of carbohydrate for weight loss and maintenance and stick to it
Take a multiple vitamin plus plant factor antioxidant such as flavonoids, pycnogenal and alpha-lipoic acid regularly
Do some form of strength training four days a week for 30 minutes to strengthen your lean body mass
Walk briskly for 15-30 minutes each day to counter insulin resistance, enhance energy, improve your body’s update of glycogen and maintain good emotional balance
This seven day menu was published in the Daily Mail online newspaper, the plan is to help get started on the X factor diet. Some measurements and names of foods are not so common in the US, but as the week goes along I will make note of any adjustments and add recipes as needed.
Breakfast: Three scrambled eggs in olive oil with two cloves or garlic, chopped tomatoes, onions and homemade Energy Salsa.
Snack: 1 oz or 28g cottage cheese with a sprinkle of Cajun spice.
Lunch:Herb salad with flaked tuna, sliced red onions, sunflower seeds and olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.
Snack: 1 oz or 28g Spicy nuts
Dinner: Organic pork stir fried with garlic, grated ginger, cauliflower and spring onions. Strawberries topped with vanilla-flavoured Protein Whip. .
Breakfast: Vanilla Nutmeg Smoothie
Snack: Hard-boiled egg
Lunch: Chicken kebabs skewered with onion pieces, red pepper chunks and mushrooms dipped in olive oil and seasoned with herbs and a flash of lemon.
Snack: 1 oz or 28g pork rinds.
Dinner: Courgette spaghetti tossed with grated Parmesan and a sautee of garlic crumbled hand-made Sausage , minced chilli and fresh herbs. Sliced peach served with Almond Macaroons.
Breakfast: A slice of melon and naturally smoked kipper herring.
Snack: 1 oz or 28g pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
Lunch: Caesar Salad with Hard-boiled Croutons and carrot sticks. Protein Fudge Treats
Snack: 1 oz or 28g cottage cheese with a sprinkle of Mexican spice.
Dinner: Chargrilled steak. Spinach and sprout salad with a scatter of avocado chunks and olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing. Crunchy Potato Skins .
Breakfast: Omelette on the Run made with chopped organic ham.
Snack: Slices of wild salmon.
Lunch: Greek Salad adding 4oz cubed cooked lamb and a tablespoon of mixed sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds to the basic recipe.
Snack: 3 Parmesan Wafers
Dinner: Roast cod with Coco-almond Broccoli . Cucumber and radish crudites. Raspberry Chocolate Mousse .
Breakfast: Large bowl of yogurt and strawberries, sprinkled with almonds and sweetened with stevia (. Snack:1 oz or 28g walnuts
Lunch: Crunchy Broccoli Salad sprinkled with slivers of organic ham.
Snack: Flaked water-pack tuna.
Dinner: Three small grilled lamb chops with garlic, oregano and lemon juice. Grilled sliced aubergine and tomatoes, brushed with olive oil and seasoned with fresh herbs. Ambrosia (thinly sliced navel oranges thickly sprinkled with grated fresh coconut and drizzled with Grand Marnier).
Breakfast: Scrambled Tofu made with turmeric and chopped red pepper.
Snack: Smoothie made in the blender with 10-15g chocolate-flavored microfiltered whey protein, 1 cup spring water, 1 tablespoon of psyllium husks and 3 ice cubes.
Lunch: Crudites with three dips - aubergine, tapenade and Curried Avocado .
Snack: 1 hard-boiled egg sprinkled with Cajun seasoning.
Dinner: Grilled tuna steak. Baked asparagus with butter. Romaine lettuce salad with blue cheese dressing. Lemon Cream Pie made with Easy Going Piecrust .
Breakfast: A small breakfast steak seared in coconut oil with sliced onions, mushrooms and green beans.
Snack: 1 oz or 28g Camembert
Lunch: Fennel, orange and grape salad with snow peas and slices of organic turkey.
Snack: 1 oz or 28g sunflower seeds.
Dinner:Chunks of tofu stir fried in soy oil with shredded ginger, bok choy, cashew and tamari. Slices of melon served with Protein Whip .
*** DO NOT DO ANY DIET WITHOUT TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR FIRST ***