Megyn Kelly’s Diet Is So Easy It’s Crazy — Here’s How You Can Make It Work For You

If you’ve been following Megyn Kelly for awhile, you’ve probably noticed she’s somehow managed to stay thin — despite being a proud mom in her mid-40s. How does she do it? Her methods are simple — straightforward enough that anyone can follow them.

Kelly follows something called the F-Factor diet — a high-fiber diet plan she claims has kept her slim since having kids. Unlike many celebrity diets out there, this one’s easy to follow. Here’s how to start.

Why you should care about fiber if you want to lose weight

Megyn Kelly posing in a black dress.

She makes sure to have lots of fiber in her diet. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Experts estimate many Americans aren’t eating enough fiber — an important nutrient in whole foods like produce, grains, and certain protein sources that promotes healthy digestion.

Unlike highly processed carbohydrates, certain types of fiber actually promote weight loss. According to Healthline, some fiber slows the absorption of nutrients in your intestines, encouraging you to eat fewer calories due to feelings of fullness.

How much fiber should you eat per day?

Fruit salad, apples and oatmeal in a white bowl.

Make sure you’re eating enough of the good stuff. | Artisteer/Getty Images

A diet rich in processed foods puts you at risk for under-consuming fiber, which might contribute to digestive problems even in otherwise healthy adults.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends eating anywhere from 25 to 30 grams of fiber every day to stay healthy and lose weight. If you eat more than that, it’s important to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to avoid constipation.

The healthiest high-fiber foods out there

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Keep some healthy nuts on hand. | iStock.com

Whole grains, fresh fruits, beans, and nuts are all excellent sources of fiber if you’re trying to lose weight. Eat fruits with the skin intact, like pears and apples, to add even more fiber to your daily total. Air-popped popcorn — without too much extra butter — is actually one of the best high-fiber snacks you can eat while on a diet.

High-fiber foods aren’t the only staples you need in your diet to lose weight. There’s one more type of food you need to eat daily — and you might not be eating the right sources.

The benefits of lean protein for weight loss

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Peanut butter and nuts on a white table. | Alleko/iStock/Getty Images

In addition to eating plenty of high-fiber foods, Megyn Kelly also fills her plate with lean protein to make the most of her calories.

There are a few reasons why this works. When you eat sufficient amounts of protein, your body produces more of the hormone that makes you feel full. Protein also has a small metabolic effect, helping your body burn calories as it digests. Lean protein, lower in fat, also makes you more likely to lose weight.

Where should you get your lean protein from?

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Looks way better than a sugar-packed protein bar. | Elena Danileiko/iStock/Getty Images

When it comes to weight loss, protein matters. If you like seafood, choose lean protein sources like salmon and tuna. Opt for lean cuts of beef and chicken when it’s on your menu. Also don’t forget about beans, a perfect addition to a homemade soup that will fill you up in just one serving.

Megyn Kelly claims she doesn’t need exercise to maintain her figure. Can you get by without hitting the gym like she can? Here’s what science has to say.

Does exercise matter if you’re trying to lose weight?

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A healthy lifestyle is way better for you in the long run. | Golubovy/iStock/Getty Images

Yes and no. Research has found that it’s possible to lose weight without exercise, especially if you’re constantly overeating and transition to a much healthier food and calorie intake.

However, this does not mean exercise isn’t important for overall health. Fitness does more than help you shed pounds. It keeps your heart healthy and helps fend off obesity, which can lead to cancer and other life-threatening chronic diseases.

Other simple diet hacks for effective weight loss

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There are fun new recipes for you to try. | iStock.com

Many of the diet hacks you think you need to follow to lose weight aren’t all that effective. Small, subtle changes to the way you eat can make all the difference.

Eat plenty of whole grains and cooked vegetables. Drink less soda, fruit juice, and sugar-saturated coffee drinks. Even if you love adding condiments and spreads to your meals and snacks, the less you add to your food after you’ve prepared it, the more likely you are to avoid excess empty calories.

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