One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was not just to lose weight but to change my eating habits. Back at the end of October, I was at 160 pounds with a BMI of 29 and Cholesterol at 242. My bad cholesterol or LDL was at 169 with a total cholesterol to HDL ratio of 5.3. This put me at risk and with a waist measuring at 37 inches, I realized that while I’m not in immediate need, I still have to make some changes. I have since dropped down to 153 pounds and will be measuring my cholesterol real soon. I would like to get back down to 135 pounds, so I am 18 pounds from there. A lot of the reason why I lost weight was because I was running a lot on the weekends and training for a half marathon which I completed on 12/9. Now there are a few things that I plan on doing to accomplish this such as take more vitamins, perform a cleanse and truly learn about how to manage my eating. When it comes to a manageable meal plan, go no further than try the tips in Dr. Ian Smith’s book, Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes that came out this past December 24.
Dr. Ian Smith and Shred
Dr. Smith is a regular on the Rachael Ray show and is the author of The Fat Smash Diet, Extreme Fat Smash Diet, The 4 Day Diet, Happy and The Truth About Men. He is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show called HealthWatch and has been the medical/diet expert on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. SHRED: The Revolutionary Diet—Six Weeks, Four Inches, Two Sizes integrates all of Dr. Ian’s strategic dieting tools into one plan—like putting all the best players on the field at once to create a can’t lose combination. Combining a low glycemic index diet, meal spacing, and meal replacements, SHRED will have dieters eating constantly—four meals or meal replacements and three snacks a day—over a six week program.
What Shred teaches you about how you eat?
While the book itself is 288 pages, I would say that most of the book outlines each day’s meal plan and exercise plan. The first few chapters talk about the program itself and provides some great information about what troubles most dieters and those trying to lose those last 20 pounds. I really enjoyed this part of the book and thought that this was by far common sense, but yet common sense information I hadn’t heard in other weight loss books. Most other books seem more about restricting and yo- yo dieters get into this constant struggle by going from diet plan to diet plan only to get frustrated. What I like about this program is that it tricks up your body so that you are constantly in a state of encouraging your metabolism and weight loss.
Each week of the six week program has a theme or a category so that it is easy for shredders (members of the Shred program) to remember and gives an idea about what each week is about. Each week of the SHRED program stands on its own, yet builds on the preceding one:
Prime prepares you for the rest of the plan, focusing on meal spacing, proper snacking techniques, and suppressing hunger without consuming too many calories.
Challenge is a confidence booster, showing dieters that despite past failures or plans they thought would be too difficult, they actually have what it takes to succeed.
Transformation, the toughest week, a critical seven days where most shredders start truly noticing a difference, many dropping a clothing size
Ascend combines knowledge and skills of the first three weeks to keep dieters motivated and moving forward
Cleanse pays special attention to enhancing your liver’s ability to detoxify your blood.
Explode into your new life with the knowledge and skills you’ve developed. The variety in the types and quantity of food and beverages keeps you moving along from one day to the next.
Some of the things that I like is that you are weighing yourself once a week and it teaches you to weigh yourself at exactly the same time and in the same way each week. It sets up expectations that if you have a lot to lose you’ll lose more compared to someone who doesn’t have that far to go. This book’s focus is more on teaching you how to eat as it goes into great detail about how to eat. While it gives you recipes, it’s not asking you to spend an arm and a leg just asking you to space out your 4 small meals and snacks. For many people the food is more than enough. Basically each week is a change-up of the number of calories you are taking in. For the first week your calorie intake was high, the second week the calories were lower, and lower again in week 3. By Week 4, the calories gradually increased. I believe the Cleanse week is an essential part of the process and I’m a firm believer in cleansing. The exercises also change each week. The exercise portion was something that seemed very simple to undertake, if it calls for 45 minutes and you are limited in time then do 2 – 20 minute sessions. The key was intensity and not necessarily length of time.
In the video below, Dr. Ian Smith talks to DFW CBS11 about his new book, Shred:
Benefits for the Single and Busy Mom
While I’m just starting this program, this review is about the book and I will provide another review of the program. However, there are many testimonials on Facebook with the Shredder Nation as well as via Amazon. Dr. Smith himself is on Twitter with amazing tweets to inspire and encourage those trying to lose those stubborn pounds. Via Social media, Dr. Smith is very engaged and this can create great support as you go on your adventure. I believe busy and single moms will enjoy this book compared to others because all of the foods are something that you can get at your local grocery store and that you don’t have to spend a lot of money for. The recipes are simple and easy and the plans are easy to follow. I especially like the part about meal spacing which can easily be fit into your family’s meal times as well and the food tastes good. Some dishes even have bacon in it. While the meal spacing may be difficult one of the biggest problems that moms have is NOT eating and so what you have is a binge at the end of the day. This is going to inhibit your weight loss progress. If you can learn to plan in advance you will do well with this diet. That’s what makes this plan good for you is because it’s all in the book. Plus you can use substitutions as needed. One of the cons is that if you stop this plan you could gain or stay at your plateau if you revert to old or bad habits but that is a no brainer for all plans. Dr. Smith introduces a concept called diet confusion that tricks the body to enhance performance.
My personal rating on the book
I give this book 4 stars out of 5. I reviewed the hard copy version but would rather have the Kindle or ebook. I would also have liked to see the weekly plans online in some kind of support workbook format that I can tape to my kitchen wall to review the progress. At $14.95, this book is not that expensive as a hard cover and I believe it will deliver lifestyle changes. Stay subscribed so that I can detail for you on what happened on my weight loss journey in the next 6 weeks.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for this review. My opinions are 100% my own.
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