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The Shred Revolutionary Diet
By Ian K. Smith, M.D.

You’ve probably heard of The Shred Diet by now, it’s the newest diet craze, and many people are buying the book.  It’s even been featured on the Dr. Oz show.  However, once people actually get the book, I have a feeling that not that many people are actually trying the diet.  Why?  Well, first let me tell you more about what the Shred Diet is.

What Is The Shred Diet?

The Shred Diet:  Pros

The Shred Diet:  Cons

Weight Loss Recommendations

The Shred Diet consists of 6 diet weeks that you “cycle” through with some differences and a lot of similarities.  I think the purpose of this is to keep you from settling at a plateau weight.  Some of the key components of the Shred Diet include:
  • Eating often - every 3-4 hours, often as little as every 1.5 hours
  • Hard, vigorous cardiovascular exercise 5 days out of 7
  • 2 days per week, you must exercise twice per day
  • This is basically a low-fat, low carb diet.
  • You will be watching calories, sometimes rather closely.

Good Things About the Shred Diet

There have been some reports by people that it does work for losing weight, especially the 4 inches and 2 sizes that is claimed you will lose.

Increasing the number of times you eat per day boosts metabolism, and this is probably a key to the diet actually working.

Cardiovascular exercise is good for you, and doing 30-45 minutes of exercise 5 out of 7 days of the week can not only help you lose weight, but also make you more healthy.

Lots of fruits and vegetables will proabably be consumed, and for most people, this will be a positive change in their diet.

Bad Things About the Shred Diet

The Shred Diet is very complicated!  I suspect that very few people will actually be able to do it for 6 weeks, much less the longer period that many need to lose all the weight they need.

Low-fat diets don’t work over the long run!  Americans eat less fat than they used to, but are more overweight.  Low-fat diets tend to make you hungry, making it harder to stay on the diet!  Also, the proper kind of fat is necessary for optimal body functioning.  In fact, eating too many low fat foods - like the low-fat or non-fat milk or yogurt and skinless chicken that Dr. Smith recommends, makes it harder for your body to use the nutrients in the food that you eat.

Chemicals Interfere with Weight Loss - He still allow some condiments, diet sodas and sports drinks that contain chemicals that may hinder your weight loss, or make it harder for you to keep the weight off.

Whey Protein Isolate Most Often Contains Toxic, Denatured Whey!  Dr. Smith recommends Whey Protein Isolate and Hydrolyzed Whey, which is NOT a healthy kind of whey!  Find out why on this Whey Protein Isolate Page.

Too Much Exercise, Too Soon, For Most People - The 30-45 minutes of vigorous cardiovascular exercise will be too much for many people, I suspect.  Starting out with this much exercise if you have not been exercising at all may simply be too much!

Weight Loss Tips

We recommend that you make changes in your diet and lifestyle that will not only help you lose weight, but also make you healthier!  After all, if you are like most people, you have gone on many diets over the years, but still weigh more than you did 5 years ago!  Plus if you lose weight but still keep eating in such a way that makes you unhealthy, you will end up with other health problems, some more dangerous than others!  Here are some tips, but if you want to know more, go to our sister website:  Healthy Eating Rx.

Weight Loss Tip #1:  Eat Less, But More Frequently

We agree with Dr. Smith about eating more frequently, smaller portions, and also eating more earlier in the day.  Try to have a good breakfast and lunch, and a lighter dinner, with at least 2 snacks - one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon.

Weight Loss Tip # 2:  Cut Way Back on Packaged Foods

Many people don’t want to hear this, because packaged foods are convenient and make up a great part of what they eat.  But packaged foods sold today contain chemicals, like MSG and other substances that tend to make you eat more and over the long run, and cause you to gain weight!  Fresh, whole foods contain more vitamins and minerals and are really what your body needs.

Weight Loss Tip # 3:  Don’t Eat Low-Fat

American actually weighed less when they ate more fat.  We need some fats to help us process and utilize fat-soluble vitamins, like A, D and E.  Fat also fills you up so you often end up eating fewer calories than if you ate low-fat (which often ends up being high carb, high chemicals).

Weight Loss Tip #4:  Boost Your Thyroid Function

Many people today have underactive thyroids and in addition to causing other troublesome symptoms, it also causes a lowered metabolism.  If you think you are actually eating the same or even less than you used to, but are still having weight issues, it could be your thyroid.  Much more on Underactive Thyroid and Weight Loss Problems.

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