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The 4 Day Diet

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Take weight off fast with Dr. Ian Smith’s Customized 4 Day Diet Modules!You can follow The 4 Day Diet straight through for a month with stunning results. But only you know how you eat—and how you diet. Customize your own program in whatever order works best for you—or just repeat the modules you like best. Only the first two are doctor’s orders:Induction (detox/cleansing)...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2008)
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I am finding this book hard to review. Do I judge it on if I enjoyed the read, or if I lost weight? Well, I decided I should finish the book before I started the diet, so I have yet to lose any weight (but I did start this morning, and am so far, not struggling to follow it.) It was easy to read, easy to follow (the book itself), and educating. It was inspiring, and I think when I get stuck, if I go back and read some, it will be motivational. It was well laid out, and the ‘rules’ are clear. It...more
I decided to read this because I am a fan of Celebrity Fit Club. I've been wanting to eat healthier for a long time-and Dr. Ian Smith seemed to have the answers. I liked the book, but thought he was targeting obesity more than general weight loss. I found his answers honest and straight forward. He focuses on the emotional state of the individual and their relationship with food. At the end, Dr. Smith provides modules for the reader to follow. I found the section on food substitution very very h...more
I enjoyed this. It had some new viewpoints I hadn't really thought about. It was about par with all the celebrity weight loss books that have come out which basically say the same thing but with a spin. The only 4 day part of the diet is in different modules that last 4 days. But you move between seven different modules as your accomplish your goals which could take months,etc. I like the reality of that concept. We didn't gain the weight in 4 days, we should be told we can lose it that fast.

It's hard to rate a diet book -- rate it on how well written it is? On whether you lose weight? On the science? -- but I'm going to give this one three stars. Three stars because it's the perfect January diet: you're highly motivated to follow very restrictive rules; you lose weight right away; you have lots of energy to accomplish all those other pesky resolutions; and you eat lots of vegetables and fruit. But whether you gain it all back immediately or whether it's really a good idea to neglec...more
Nothing really new in the first half of the book, which is the motivational section on why I should diet and how to psych myself up for a diet. The actual diet consists of 7 "modules" of 4 days each. Each module has a different diet plan and a different exercise plan. After doing the first 2 modules, you can do the rest in any order and repeat any module as you wish. I can see how this could make your diet plan more interesting and potentially keep you on the plan for a longer time. Unfortunatel...more
There were many great points in this book; however, I'm not quite sure who would follow his diet plans to a Tee. They were pretty brutal and hate constraints on good eating. Yet, I do suggest detox plan that works for you to get your mojo started and get the junk out of your system to get back your energy and metabolism going once more. Thanks Ian for helping clear the surface! I took some great notes from the book and substitutes for watching movies--popcorn (have changed to air-popped and not...more
I was really pumped about the book til I was listening to the radio and Dr. Ian tried to play everyone with a fake letter. I listened to a show in the morning and he read the letter then again in the afternoon different show at that. How could a person write the same letter and change which show she first heard about the challenge on. Come on Dr. Ian you could have changed the letters.
I have been planning to read this book for ages, but never got around to it. I think that if I had read it when it first came out, I may have benefited from it. It was not interesting at all. We have an overload of information on how to eat right and stay healthy. This book covered nothing new and the meal plan seems bland and boring.
Laura Needels
This is a 28 day program. The title is misleading. He has it broken down into seven 4 day programs. I like the variety of the foods, and the fact that you can slip a little treat in here and there. More importantly, I DID lose weight on the program and found it fairly easy to stick to.
Jan 05, 2012 Debbie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read. I always like to read a variety of books at any one time. He has a great approach to why diets may not have worked in the past. Can't wait to check the book out again (I ran out of time to finish and could not extend it at the library)
Rhonda M.
Dr. Smith's diets in this book are easy to follow. He writes in a way that is neither judgmental nor preachy. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a diet that offers variety without a lot of supplements.
I really liked this book and it really got me going in my quest to be a healthier person. I hope anyone that is looking to start the healthier life change would buy this book.
May 20, 2009 Theresa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The book jacket says, "Be thinner by Friday." I thought this was funny.
so if you want to eat brown rice and tea for every meal, this book is for YOU!
obviously didnt work.
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Ian K. Smith, M.D., is the number one bestselling author of The Fat Smash Diet, Extreme Fat Smash Diet, The 4 Day Diet, The 4 Day Detox, Happy and EAT. He is a medical contributor on The View and The Rachael Ray Show, the diet expert on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Healthwise on American Urban Radio Networks. He writes a medical column for Men’s Health...more
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