Does the name Harley Pasternak ring a bell somehow? That’s because he is the much celebrated personal trainer for the likes of Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Amanda Siegfried, and Katy Perry. Impressive line up of clients, don’t you think?

Harley Pasternak is also known for the book, “The 5-Factor Diet” which was listed as one of hottest celebrity diets. The 5-factor diet basically stands for the following fives: 5 component meals a day, 5 days of exercise a week on a 5-week plan that allows 5 cheat days.

Success of any diet always includes exercise.

Success of any diet always includes exercise.

Pasternak’s Personal Training Advice On The Meals

Perhaps the 5 factor on every points covered by personal trainer Harley Pasternak was meant for easy recall. Everything on 5 should make it easy to remember.

Harley Pasternak’s 5 component meal consists of lean protein, complex carbohydrate, fiber, good fat, and a sugar-free drink. Terms like complex and good fat seem to complicate it a bit, but a 5-component diet would look like this according Baked chicken, mixed vegetables with a drizzle of olive oil, ½ cup of lentils and a glass of sparkling water.

You have to do a bit of studying of the food terms and what falls under what category to better be able to prepare your meals. Otherwise, you’ll have to follow the recipes that personal trainer Harley Pasternak included in the book, which, according to some reviews, can be quite costly.

The bed for Pasternak’s 5-component meal plans is the Glycemic index or the list of food according to their effects on the blood sugar levels. Low GI food such as fiber are supposedly marked to control cravings, keep the blood sugar levels stable and helps to prevent you from eating more than you’ve planned.

Is Personal Trainer Harley Pasternak’s 5-Factor Diet a fad diet?

With all that good food on your plate, you’d figure out that the 5 factor diet isn’t a quick fix diet or one of those fad diets. It’s a 5-week plan which allows you the healthy, standard weight loss of a couple of pounds a week.

If you’re aiming for more than just a 10-pound loss, you obviously need to stick longer to the diet as this one’s not going to do miracles for you. The 5-Factor diet is simply healthy eating just written down into a good reference book.  It’s ultimately safe to do for the rest of your life.

Here’s a little bit from a feature on the celebrity trainer on The Jewish Daily Forward:

On Personal Trainer Harley Pasternak

Harley Pasternak, 38, has managed to corner the market on personal fitness for A-listers — and even become a kind of celebrity himself. With private studios in New York and Los Angeles, a crew of six full-time trainers, and a thriving personalized-nutrition business, Pasternak has parlayed his success into a bestselling book (“The 5-Factor Diet”) and a stint as co-host of ABC’s makeover show, “The Revolution.”

 The 5-Factor Diet + Personal Training

If a personal trainer writes a book on food and diet, it means that exercise is not very far along.

It’s like a mantra of any personal training, “weight loss happens when you burn more calories than you consume”.

Of course, exercise is a huge part of the 5-factor diet. In fact, personal trainer Harley Pasternak provided 5 exercises for the readers’ to follow, complete with pictures that demonstrate each movement.

Sydney’s top nutritionist and Dangerously fit’s own, Rachel Jones, had created an optimum nutrition plan that we encourage our members to follow to get the most out of our boot camp weight loss programs. Click here to learn more.