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Celebrity physician advocates fast weight loss: Lose 20 pounds in one month

Take off the pounds with Dr. Ian Smith.
Take off the pounds with Dr. Ian Smith.
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How many times have you heard that you should lose weight slowly? Although many health experts continue to preach the slow method of weight loss, celebrity physician Dr. Ian Smith is challenging that theory. Based on his own research and test results, he now contends that by following the right diet, it's safe and effective to take off the weight quickly, he said in a March 21 interview with the Connecticut Post.

Dr. Smith used the results of his research and tests among his own patients to develop his new book, "Super Shred: The Big Results Diet: 4 Weeks 20 Pounds Lose It Faster!" (click for details). He says that the motivation to develop a fast weight loss plan came from those who had tried his other diet books.

"I was still getting emails from people asking how they could lose weight fast," said Smith. "We've always said don't lose weight quickly because that could be unhealthy. I looked at the reason why we were telling people not to lose weight quickly. It was because when people lose weight quickly, they often use unhealthy measures."

Because of his knowledge about what really works for safe weight loss (he's a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, the host of the nationally syndicated radio show HealthWatch and a new co-host of the daytime talk show "The Doctors"), Smith decided to come up with his controversial new approach to taking off the pounds fast.

However, he emphasizes that, as the title specifies, it's designed to be a short-term weight loss plan that can either help take off the final pounds or kick-start a longer term diet.

Smith explained that part of his diet involves "calorie disruption." On some days, you'll eat 2,500 calories; on other days, you might eat around 700. But he feels these diet shifts are worth the effort because they boost fat-burning.

"Plant-based products are higher in fiber and lower in calories," Smith said about another aspect of his new diet. "If you're filling up on fewer calories at the end of the day, when metabolism is naturally slower" you're more likely to lose weight.

Overall, Smith says this plan is designed for "destination dieting." That destination might be a high school reunion, a wedding or simply the start of suntan season.

What to do after the four weeks? Smith recommends shifting to his other weight loss book, "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes."