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

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,008 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
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 players on 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
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Carolyn Amundson
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
FunkMaster General
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Shana Simmons
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
They say that the best diet is the one you stick to. Well, I'm not going to be able to stick to this. A couple of weeks in and it's becoming increasingly clear that this is sort of like a liquid diet. Solid meals are becoming quite infrequent. Soups, fruit smoothies and protein shakes are the main choices for meals. I want to chew! No more drinking my food!

Ok, so I'm not sticking to this diet. However, I need to complain about this as a book, not as a diet. This is goodreads, right? It's about B
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very effective diet. I lost 11 pounds in 6 weeks when nothing else was working. It was hard to follow the rigorous eating schedule and is not sustainable to do long-term, but it was doable for 6 weeks. My only real complaint is that some of the particulars are not clearly explained. I read every word in the book, yet still was unsure about when exactly the bonus fourth snacks should be eaten, or why the order of snacks and meals gets switched around in different chapters. It gets confu ...more
Rebecca Ingram
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I followed this diet all the way through and have mixed feelings. I lost about 7 lbs and would have liked to lose more. I did feel it got me into better eating habits and working out on a regular basis but it is a very extreme diet and hard to maintain after the 6 weeks. I also feel like there is a lot of fruits and juices that you eat and drink. A lot of sugars even though they are natural sugars.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick Diet Plan

This is a summary of the SHRED program. Just the facts, ma'am. Gives the menus, food and beverage choices, times to eat, a long list of acceptable snacks, and cardio exercises. Explains why a wide variety of foods, beverages and snacks works when the same amount of calories in a repetitive meal plan might not.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Erin Overstreet
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book was straight to the point. I felt very encouraged reading it and going over the meal plan. I'm very excited to start the diet tomorrow. Wish me luck.
So, I did the 6 week plan and I am extremely disappointed with my results. Out of 6 weeks...I lost only 6 lbs and no inches or dress sizes at all. I was hungry all the time, and after week 2, I felt like I didn't have enough food to survive. I didn't cheat food-wise at all during the 6 weeks, but some days....I absolutely could not do the e
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, 2013, 2013-april
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
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kim Coburn
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Andd Becker
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In his sensible guide to portion control, Dr. Smith succeeds in mapping, with specificity, a six-week diet regimen. His carefully-constructed food plan is for the serious dieter who wants to lose the last ten pounds.
A novice would find the dietary restrictions severe. An experienced dieter who has reached a weight loss plateau would welcome the strict guidelines.
The book has helpful lists of 100-calorie and 150-calorie snacks; recipes for smoothies; and daily four meals/three snacks food plans.
Purple Osprey
Jan 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
Uhm... it's calorie counting + exercise. Why does this guy think he's invented something? And all the self-praising is simply disgusting.

Didn't anybody notice that it's the same guidelines, the same menu plans and the very same exercise plans repeated again and again and again for what purpose again? Have your readers got the brains of goldfish?
And somebody who claims to be a doctor should know not to advocate fat free products. (on account they have more sugar in them than regular choices...
Wendy Jonson
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kim Brown
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 18, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book as part of good reads first reads program and tried out the diet with a friend. while it had potential to work, it was hard working that eating schedule into a normal workday. the plan was forgiving and had a lot of options, but it wasn't the best for keeping results. as with any diet, if there is any deviation the loss will not not stay consistent. I did like being more aware of what foods I was putting in my body. overall it was OK, but the results were not drastic and it ...more
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Ian K. Smith, M.D.,Ian K. Smith, M.D. is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of SUPER SHRED, SHRED, THE 4 DAY DIET, THE FAT SMASH DIET and EXTREME FAT SMASH DIET among 7 other books including, SHRED Diet Cookbook , EAT, Happy , and The Blackbird Papers. His newest book, THE SHRED POWER CLEANSE, is available 12/29/15.

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