You've heard about super-sizing fast food orders - but can you super-shred your fat? Yes, says Dr. Ian Smith, who revealed his weight loss secrets to achieving that goal on the Friday episode of "The Doctors."
To show how the plan works, Dr. Ian introduced a man named Stephen. Suffering from sugar addiction, Stephen drank three to four gallons of Southern-style sweet tea a day topped by sugary sodas.
Prior to trying the original Shred diet, Stephen weighed 380 pounds. In addition to his obesity, he suffered from chronic pain. Then he decided to follow the weight loss program in "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes."
Using the diet, Stephen lost 133 pounds in a year. "I don't care how big you are. It's doable," he confirmed.
With another 20 to 30 pounds to go, Stephen is now ready for the weight loss plan detailed in Dr. Ian's book "Super Shred: The Big Results Diet: 4 Weeks 20 Pounds Lose It Faster." What's the difference?
The Super Shred is a concentrated, short-term weight loss plan for someone who has hit a plateau or wants to jump-start a diet. The principles include calorie disruption (every day you eat different calorie amounts), sliding nutrient density (moving from eating meat early in the day to vegetables later on) and frequent meals and snacks.
"Every week is different," Dr. Ian said. "That's the beauty of Super Shred."
Dr. Ian designed the diet in an attempt to find a way to tackle the skyrocketing obesity rates in the nation. More than 15 percent of young people and one-third of adults are obese, reported the Fiscal Times on Thursday.
The obesity increase hits the nation where it hurts: Our bank accounts. The total cost of obesity has climbed to $305.1 billion each year, based on a study prepared by Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight & Wellness at George Washington University.
But while "The Doctors" treats all obese individuals in the same way, Kahan feels that there should be a triage approach. "I think there needs to be some sort of stratification of patients who are likely to respond to given treatments – and therefore get the benefits of those treatments and likely show some reasonable cost effectiveness for that input of funding," he stated.
But does Kahan's solution ignore the basic problem: A food pyramid that does not work? The latest data shows that our consumption of grains and sugar has increased, resulting in the consumption of 500 calories more per day compared to 30 years ago, reported the Washington Post on Wednesday.
"It's hard to pinpoint why exactly it's increased," said Jeanine Bentley, the social science analyst responsible for the USDA's food availability database. "But it probably comes from an increase in processed and fast foods."
The USDA food pyramid allows grains in copious quantities, most of which we consume in processed foods as well as fast foods such as drive-through buttered biscuits and bun-heavy burgers. Between 1977 and 1978, our intake of fast food equaled only three percent of our calories. Between 2005 and 2008, it jumped to 13 percent.