NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, January 29, 2016, 1:03 PM
Donald Trump called Megyn Kelly a “lightweight” reporter – but the Fox News anchor actually stays light in weight thanks to a $ 15,000 high-fiber meal plan.
Kelly credited the F-Factor Diet patented by Manhattan dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot for staying in fighting shape to face off against Trump and moderate the Republican Presidential debates.
“I would recommend ‘The F-Factor Diet’ because that is a great book and a great way of eating,” she told her “The Kelly File” guest Michael Moore on Tuesday.
“I just like [Zuckerbrot] and it works,” Kelly added, before offering to send the portly director home with some of the diet’s recommended fiber crackers.
The surprise endorsement shot Zuckerbrot’s 2007 book “The F-Factor Diet” to the top of Amazon’s Movers & Shakers list, and the nine-year-old slim-down guide sold out overnight.
“My publisher is frantically reprinting copies,” marvels Zuckerbrot, whose fiber and protein-rich meal plan that still allows for boozing up and dining out has attracted high-profile clients such as Kelly and Katie Couric.
While Zuckerbrot personally charges a hefty $ 15,000 pricetag for 10 sessions, which include a one-hour consultation, a two-hour educational workshop to go over the nutrition involved, and eight follow-up appointments, she has three associates in her Midtown office who offer similar F-Factor packages for a more palatable $ 4,500.
Or shoppers can snap up “The F-Factor Diet” book, which was back in stock on Amazon as of Friday, for under $ 13.50.
“I recognize this is expensive, but this is not a short-term diet solution,” explains Zuckerbrot, who says clients lose eight to 10 pounds their first month on the F-Factor Diet, and another 10 to 15 pounds on average after that. “Our patients recognize they are paying for a long-term solution that will last the rest of their lives.”
So what is the mysterious “F-Factor” that makes Kelly and Couric camera-ready?
The plan focuses on adding more fiber and protein to each meal and snack, rather than cutting out the usual suspects such as carbs, sugar and alcohol.
The nutrient-dense fiber, such as Finn Crisp or GG Bran Crispbreads crackers, spinach and apples, not only leaves subjects feeling fuller longer, but also boosts metabolism and slows digestion since the body burns calories by working to break down fiber, which it can’t digest.
And piling more fiber and protein on the plate crowds out the sugary carbs that pack on extra pounds.
“We say, ‘Combining fiber and protein with every meal makes losing weight no big deal,” says Zuckerbrot. “We make sure to give our clients tons of variety, and to make sure that they never feel hungry.”
So Kelly rises and shines with a high-fiber cereal such as SmartBran sprinkled into protein-rich Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. That’s paired with fibrous fruit such as blueberries or raspberries, and coffee or tea.
Snacks can be the high-fiber crackers that Kelly raved about to Moore on the air (spread with peanut butter) or ricotta cheese sprinkled with cinnamon.
And clients can drink as much alcohol as they want – as long as they stick to wine and spirits. Sugary mixed drinks and beer are out.
“A glass of wine is 90 calories. A roll with butter is 360. Your morning muffin is almost 600. The wine is not the problem here,” says Zuckerbrot. “The calories in alcohol are negligible compared to overall caloric intake.”
The F-Factor plan adapts to a power player’s jet-setting lifestyle. Zuckerbrot and her team can counsel will pull up the menu at Cipriani or a corner deli and tell clients which dishes fit the F-Factor philosophy.
“My clients don’t want to sit at home. People work hard and play hard,” says Zuckerbrot. “Megyn Kelly is not quitting her job to go to some ranch for a month to lose weight. She’s not sticking to frozen dinners when she needs to dine at the Four Seasons with colleagues to talk business. This is a sustainable plan people can take on the road with them.”
MEGYN KELLY’S F-FACTOR MENU
Smoothie (made with 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 cup high fiber cereal, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or water, 1 cup raspberries)
Coffee with splash of milk or half & half
Turkey chili, no beans (made with 93% lean ground turkey breast, veggies and tomatoes)
Top with nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 high-fiber crackers on the side or crumbled on top as croutons
Water, V8 juice or other zero-calorie beverage
“Pizza” (made with 4 high-fiber crackers, 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese, spoonful of spicy red pepper sauce and grated Parmesan cheese)
Water, hot tea
Asian chicken salad (made with 4 ounces chicken breast, 3 cups sliced carrots/cabbage/broccoli/spinach/scallions tossed in peanut dressing made with powdered peanut butter/rice wine vinegar/soy sauce/Asian spices)
Optional: 2 high-fiber crackers crushed on top for crunch
1 glass wine
Water or sugar-free beverage
Dessert, if desired:
1 additional glass of wine