New diet book: Super Shred Diet
Dr Ian Smith’s new diet book is making some big promises for big results. Super Shred: The Big Results Diet: 4 Weeks, 20 Pounds, Lose It Faster! is Dr. Smith’s follow-up to his 2012 bestseller, Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks, 4 Inches, 2 Sizes.
There are three key guidelines in the “Super Shred” plan: timing, variety, and portion control. By following his guidelines carefully, Dr Smith says you can lose up to 20lbs in four weeks.
Best of all, the diet allows coffee for those who can’t live without their caffeine fix, as well as three alcoholic beverages per week, and one diet fizzy drink per day.
Dr Smith says the diet plan involves scheduling meals, mainly of plant-based foods in controlled portions, to create a “negative energy balance… where your body extracts energy from stored fat, thereby boosting calorie burn and reducing fat,” adding, “Most dieters don’t realise that simply by cutting back as little as 20% at each meal, they can lose a significant amount of weight.”
To tune up your metabolism, says Dr. Smith, you need to learn to eat every two to three hours. Each meal and snack throughout the different phases of the plan is designed to boost fat-burning while keeping you satisfied. Variety also plays a key role because by switching up your food intake, you’ll lose weight faster, according to Dr. Smith.
The new book came about due to feedback from dieters using Dr. Smith’s initial “Shred” diet book approach. Dr. Smith says he was hearing from dieters who used that plan to lose weight but then plateaued.
Therefore, Dr. Smith created the “Super Shred” approach for those who are on a plateau, or want to lose weight quickly before shifting to his “Shred” diet.
Four weeks of Super Shred
There are four weeks of Super Shred, and each one can stand on its own. Each week, however, does weave into the larger plan, so the weeks work on a progressive strategy. Each week has a different theme and purpose. The four weeks symbolise what is happening during Super Shread – losing weight fast.
Foundation is the first week – you’ll eat four meals and three snacks a day, start shedding pounds and set yourself up for success. Because we have only four weeks to attain the desired results, it’s important to jump right in. This is the easiest of the weeks and it sets a good foundation for you to successfully complete the rest of the program. You will understand the importance of meal timing and preparation and how to pace yourself so that your exercise and eating are synchronised to give you the results you desire. Most people lose 5 pounds this week; some lose even more. Results do, however, vary and depend on a host of factors.
Accelerate is the second week – when you’ll kick it up and speed up your weight loss. It looks and feels different from Foundation week. This week is specifically designed to push you. Most people see a dramatic slowdown during the second week of any weight-loss program. To help you avoid such a plateau, this week is designed to help you accelerate through the natural slowdown. You might not lose as much weight as you did during the first week, but you will keep losing and avoid the second-week blues. The push in this week is critical, since at its completion you will be halfway through the program.
Shape is the third week of the program – the toughest, and the one that will get your body back by keeping it guessing. It carries this name because this is the week in which your body’s metamorphosis really takes shape and you and others will start to notice a distinct difference. You will see changes in the shape of your body and the fit of your clothes, and the acknowledgment from others that you are losing weight becomes frequent and gratifying. This is absolutely the toughest week of the program. This is the week you’ll experience true calorie disruption. This week is specifically designed to be challenging but not overwhelming. You will get through these seven days, and after doing so, you will gain a greater confidence and respect for what you are actually capable of doing once you put your mind and body to it.
Tenacious is the fourth and last week of Super Shred – the final sprint that cements your improved eating habits and melts off those last stubborn pounds. It’s not the easiest week of the plan, but it’s not the most difficult, either. Coming after the highly challenging week 3, this week will seem practical and quite doable. This week is called Tenacious because it’s important that you remain determined and stubborn to close out the program. Temptations must be resisted during this final stretch, and at this point you should be on top of your game. You know what it takes to make it through a week of Super Shred, so now it’s time to employ all that you have learned and developed in this last push toward your goal. Nothing can stop you when you’re tenacious!
The Super Shred Diet book also includes recipes, such as this Butternut Squash and Apple Soup.
Under 200 calories
Total prep time: 25 minutes
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 red onion or other sweet onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 large clove garlic, peeled and smashed
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup cubed, peeled apple
- 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 3 cups low- sodium chicken stock
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk
- Salt and pepper
- In a large saucepan or pot, melt the butter over medium heat and add the onion and garlic.
- Sauté until soft, about 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle the nutmeg on the apples and add to the saucepan. Stir constantly for 2 minutes.
- Add the squash, stock, and cumin, and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and let simmer until the squash is tender.
- Transfer to a food processor or blender, add the evaporated milk, and purée until smooth.
- Return to saucepan and let simmer on very low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.