Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes
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Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes

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Dr. Ian K. Smith's Shred is the answer to every dieter's biggest dilemmas: how to lose that last twenty pounds? How to push through that frustrating plateau? What to do when nothing else is working? Here, Smith has created a weight loss program that uses all he knows about strategic dieting in one plan--like putting all the best playerson the field at once to create a can'...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 24th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Leah Darrow
Fantastic diet. I lost 10 lbs in 6 weeks, and my husband lost 15 (good numbers for us, since we were very close to our goal weights.) Unlike most diets, this one doesn't require you to cut out entire food groups so you don't get insane cravings or headaches or weird side effects. It's something you can do for much more than 6 weeks, and you don't feel too hungry while you're on it. It includes a full list of healthy meal plans, and some good recipes. The only alteration we made is to skip some o...more
Kelly
While this book provided a lot of good advice and some good suggestions for different ways to eat, I wouldn't be able to follow it. I work full time and the things that he suggests to eat and how often he suggests to eat would not fit into my schedule. I would have to bring 5 meals to work, including 3 main ones. I am going to take what I've learned though and modify it along with the weight watchers program I belong to and see if I can get off these final 10 pounds.

There really isn't any secre...more
Anita
It really works!! Yes, it changed my lifestyle, i now exercise regularly, but how else wears I going to drop 10 pounds? I was never hungry and I feel fantastic. I've downloaded the short-form ebook to my phone and am eating healthy forever.
Angie
Thanks, goodreads for awarding me this book through the first reads program!

I have finished reading this diet book, and started the "Shred" plan today. We will see how well it works. I will update my review after finishing my initial 6 weeks on it.

I am one of those women who have tried just about every diet. I have had success with several at different times of my life. Initially I thought this to be a bit like the Michael Thurmond 6 week body makeover (which is a really good plan too), but it...more
Jenni
Mar 31, 2013 Jenni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
This book is not just a diet. It's a complete change in the way you should think about food and diet! It seems like so often, when i'm on a diet, I feel stressed. There are so many rules and guidelines to follow that I end up cracking and just don't want to do it anymore. This book gave me the guidelines to be successful and it's easy to follow. My husband and I did this plan together and we both saw great results! Overall I believe I lost close to 15 lbs in the 3 week period. But more important...more
Will
I did not actually go through the Shred program, but I can tell from reading through it that it should work. Shred guides you through a six-week program of eating healthy foods in a way to boost your metabolism in order to burn more calories. There are no tricks, and the diet is completely healthy. This is the first program I've read that has you vary your caloric intake to keep your body from becoming complacent. I have seen this technique used for aerobic exercising and strength training. This...more
Heidi
I will let you know how I feel about this book, but Come ON!!! aren't all diet books the same at this poing and time. You ahve to eat small meals through out the day and engage in more cardiovascualar activity than the calories you consume. This is the books primary focus. Small meals are regular intervals and cardio for at least 30-45 minutes per day, prefereable on different machines, or different kinds of cardio so you are not bored. Does this sound like every other diet book you have read. N...more
Michele Defilippo
A good, if obvious, diet, in that you'll cut calories and lose weight if you consume mostly soup and smoothies. The structure of the book was annoying, and perhaps an attempt by the publisher to inflate the page count. The diet is described in six one-week segments with each segment containing a seven-day meal plan. Instead of beginning each week with four or five introductory paragraphs, the opening text was repeated FORTY-TWO times, once for each day. The meal plans were mostly identical as we...more
Barb
I saw this book on Dr. Oz last night and I have already finished reading it, it has good explanation, the diet doesn't have wacky foods. The diet takes a lot of planning but would be workable even if the dieter works long hours. If the weight loss goal is not met you just keep working it. It could also be easily incorporated into other diet plans. It was designed for those people that have already lost weight but are trying to pass a plateau that is very stubborn. Very impressive.
Shana Simmons
I liked this book it is easy to follow and the food is simple food anyone can find and eat. I lost 10 lbs so yay! I will say it is hard to stick to at times, gets repetitive, and I was starving at times lol. Be prepared to be tough!
Brian McBride
Jumping in early, but after 3 & 1/2 weeks, the results are there. & trust me, I have cheated.

More than once.

4 stars (not 5) only because much is repetitive: it really could have been a large pamphlet.
Laura
The jury is still out on this one. The plan sounds good, but there's lots of planning and prep work. Week three looks tortuous. Still, we're going to give it a try. I'll keep you posted.
Amy
Down 10 pounds and going for another 6 week cycle. This book has helped me and my husband get back on track. The plan is something everyone can follow. Thank you for writing this book!
Kimm
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Connieb
I am super excited about this book. I saw it online a few weeks ago and thought 'oh ya, another diet book'. Today I spotted it on my way through WalMart to the juicer aisle and thought I'd take a peek at the book in person. It's exactly what I've been searching for, sometimes fate does have it's way!
~15 pgs of healthy (of course) soups/stew recipes
~35 smoothie recipes (does a person really need more than 35?)
~4 pgs of 100 calorie snacks
~3 pgs of 150 calorie snacks
~substitute items listed for eac...more
Diane
Sometimes a diet book breaks through the clutter to become popular- think The Scarsdale Diet back in the 70s. One that has caught the zeitgeist recently is Dr. Ian Smith's Shred Revolutionary Diet- 6 Weeks, 4 Inches, 2 Sizes.

The book evolved from Smith's Twitter feed, where people who had hit a weight loss plateau had been asking him for help. After getting many requests and hearing back that many of them had lost up to 20 pounds, he created Shred.

Shred is a six-week program that must be followe...more
Carolyn Amundson
This is an advanced diet. As the intro mentions, it was designed for someone who has done all the right things with their diet and exercise, but still has 20 pounds (or so) to go. As a result, the 45 minutes of exercise most days shouldn't be a problem for someone doing this -- they're probably already doing about that.

The restrictions are pretty severe both mentally, physically, and socially. The book hints that the drop out rate is pretty high. There are very few of the prescribed meals that...more
Shauna
I love this! I started the plan the Monday following the day i received the book. It works! While reading through it, it made sense to me but at the same time I was thinking "I'll never be able to eat this food and lose weight" I was wrong, thankfully. There were days that I wasn't able to take in all the food listed but I did my best at it. It's very simple, very user friendly and demanding. Which for someone like myself, it works. Things were planned all out for me and no room for messing up....more
Erin Overstreet
UPDATE: Giving this a 4 b/c I read it in a day and it is written in an easy to follow manner. I am going to give it a try and see how it goes. As a book it is good, but I know the big question is "Does it works?". I will update agter each week if I manage to stick with it. This would be relatively easy if I were still single and only shopping/cooking for myself. Throw in a husband and 2 kids....a bit more challenging.

Week one, didn't follow to a tee b/c I wasn't fully prepared and I had three pr...more
Julie
I really enjoyed this book. The ideas seem sound and I liked the way all of the information was presented. Unfortunately, as a stay-at-home mom, I can't imagine following this plan. My house is small and most of the 'interval' workouts seem to require a gym.

I enjoyed reading about his diet plan and I think I would be able to successfully follow that since his meals and timing were clearly laid out. Again, the only problem with his plan is the number of times you have to eat in one day. With kid...more
Kavon Beckford
This book pretty much deliver the same info my trainer gave me. Very to the point as far as diet without any boredom when it comes to food temptations. Great way to break down the "eating healthy" food choices. Good read, good info, and great added reassurance to my lifestyle change.
Kim Coburn
Absolutely the best diet book out there!! I lost 20 lbs! 4.5 the first week! Of course I work out regularly - 3-5x spin per week. This has meals planned out with so many substitutes. I'm still doing it - just repeating it! And I just got his new shred book!! If you want to lose weight you HAVE to try this! I'm a believer and so glad I stumbled upon it! Went to Target to buy the new weight watchers cookbook and found this... So I'm also doing weight watchers online. So working out, ww online, and...more
kathy moore
Have questions

I have questions that were not clear like can I use sweetners. any vegetables. any fish like shellfish. how much is a bowl of soup?? but l'm goning to try this shred thing.
Jennifer Silva
Standard diet nothing mind blowing

I ordered this book mainly for the recipes. There are some great recipes and snack ideas but the how to shred the weight is standard information in the diet world that everyone should know when embarking on a diet. the recipes are ok, nothing that I haven't seen before.
Joni
Jul 23, 2014 Joni added it
Seems like a great diet. Won't rate till I try it. Lovin the recipes for smoothies.
Wendy
Somewhere between a 3 and a 4. No, I have not tried the diet, and I'm not sure it's the diet for me. But I do know people who have been successful on it. What bothered me the most is that everyday for 6 weeks, all 4 meals and 3 snacks are spelled out, and on many of these days, the choices are the same, so the book continues to repeat itself over and over. The same rules are repeated over and over too. The smoothie and protein shake recipes look good. I wish there had been some suggestions for p...more
Alex
A lot of the information contained within this book is good advice, and as someone with a solid foundation in nutrition, dietetics and exercise, I feel as though I at least have enough knowledge to comment on that.

While in theory this diet is a good way to lose weight, it seems fairly impractical for the everyday person. That being said, I will probably give it a go for the recommended six weeks, because why not? It can't hurt to try, and by gosh if it works as advertised and is not as time-con...more
Leslie
Jul 11, 2014 Leslie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
It works! Not sure how doable this would be if you work out of the home, however. Takes a lot of planning. I never really felt hungry which is huge for me-I'm always starving when I diet! Loved that I had a very clear pLAN, although a lot of it made no sense as the purpose was not explained (a cup of water with lemon juice? Why?). I would have liked more explanation.

I lost ~8lbs and didn't even really follow it 100%. I didn't follow the exercise recs at all. Going to take a break for a week and...more
Kim Brown
The book recommends lifestyle changes that are not very practical when you are dealing with a family. I refuse to be a short order cook and have to make separate meals for each member of my family. If I wanted to do this program, that is what would have to happen since neither my husband or kids need to lose weight. The diet itself seems like it would work, but you have to be willing to drink some of your meals. There is no way I could stick with this plan long term, so I am just going to look e...more
Marisa
currently working on this diet
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