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Lose 20 lbs in four weeks with Dr. Ian Smith’s fat-shredding supercharged diet

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Can you really lose 20 pounds in just a month? Yes, say the physicians on "The Doctors," which featured Dr. Ian Smith's diet principles on their October 29 talk show.

The episode began by introducing Connie and Frank, a delightful couple whose lives have become dangerously unhealthy because of their diets.

Even though Connie had gastric bypass surgery four years ago, she continued to gain weight. Both she and Frank have replaced smoking with sugar and confess that they're addicted to the sweet stuff.

To begin their detox diet, "The Doctors" asked them to keep detailed food journals. It's a sugar shocker as the two face the starchy junk food that they typically eat.

To the rescue: Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Dr. Ian Smith, author of "Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes" (click for details).

Dr. Smith also has a future book, "Super Shred: The Big Results Diet: 4 Weeks 20 Pounds Lose It Faster!" that he wants to provide to Connie and Frank now. He makes a diet deal with this dynamic duo: Follow his "healthy crash diet" and lose 20 pounds in four weeks.

The keys to Dr. Smith's diet:

  • Train your tummy to eat less food
  • Optimize your metabolism with calorie control and food choices
  • Learn to enjoy healthy foods

Dr. Smith emphasizes that his diet uses cycles and phases to take off the pounds quickly and safely:

  • Foundation, with four meals and three snacks
  • Accelerate, to supercharge weight loss
  • Shape, to provide "calorie confusion"
  • Tenacious, the final phase for reaching goal
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