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“If you ate your way through the holidays, Dr. Ian K. Smith has got a plan to get you back on track.”—Heart & Soul Magazine

“The perennially positive diet guru.”—Elle

“Dr. Smith is ever the motivator.”—The Dallas Morning News

About the Author

Ian K. Smith, M.D., is the number one bestselling author of The Fat Smash Diet, Extreme Fat Smash 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 magazine. He has written for various publications including Time and Newsweek, and been featured in People, Essence, Ebony and Cosmopolitan, among others. He is a former medical correspondent for NBC and for NewsChannel 4 in New York, where he filed reports for NBC’s Nightly News and The Today Show. In 2007, he created the 50 Million Pound Challenge, a free national weight loss initiative with a growing list of more than 1.9 million people registered. Dr. Smith graduated from Harvard College with an AB and received a master’s in science education from Columbia University. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed the last two years of his medical education and graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. A native of Danbury, Connecticut, Dr. Smith currently resides in Manhattan.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312605595
  • ASIN: B0044KN1IA
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okay, here is the deal. I am not into fad diets and I work out 6 days a week but I also struggle with food and my weight fluctuates. I saw this on television and I was just curious because the first 4 days is like a cleanse. This is what I did. I followed the first 4 days and added a 5th day (by doing day 4 twice). The next two days were like free days, but I didn't go eating thousands of calories. Then, I did it another week. Then another week. After 4 weeks, I lost 16 pounds. I just made it my own and took what I wanted out of it. The food wasn't that hard to follow, actually. I didn't go past the 4 day cleanse, but I lost the weight and kept it off.
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I purchased this book back in September of 2010. I'm 35 years old, married and have 3 children...and I've been on many, many diets. The weight had slowly crept up on me over the past 12 years and before I knew it, I was at 180! I'm 5'1" and at that weight, I was beginning to have knee problems and just didn't feel great most of the time. My size 14s were beginning to get really tight and I just refused to buy a bigger size. I'd been meaning to buy this book for some time. The first thing that struck me was Dr. Ian took the emotional touchy feely stuff out of dieting--he says, in layman's terms, what happens to the body when we consume food. The first week, I lost 7 lbs and I was hooked. I must admit that I actually cried when I served the family lasagna for dinner one night and knew that wasn't in my meal plan for the day. From that day on, I started to focus on foods I could have instead of foods I couldn't. I eat my favorite steamed veggies--red potatoes, broccoli, carrots, snap peas with salsa, lemon pepper, or parmesan. I make sure to bring snack foods along with me--easy travel stuff like apples, grapes, baby carrots. If I'm on the road and tempted to hit the drive thru, instead I'll hit the produce isle at the grocery store--it takes just as long!

This has been a real life changer for me. I feel so great and my husband loves my trimmed down figure--no more knee pain and it's not a struggle to get off the couch now--I've lost 40 lbs so far...and counting!
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If you are serious about losing weight, this is a must buy. The first 8-10 days is pretty tough, but very effective. The better you plan ahead the easier it is to stick to it. The weight I lost has stayed off going on 9 months. You will start to feel better (Healthier) after the 2nd or 3rd day.Highly recommended.
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First, if you put your mind into this one it works. Its not elaborate and sometimes too vague so you have to run with it but stay in the lines. Easily accomplished if you've been on many diet plans like myself. I have always been a yo-yo dieter. 20 pounds off on a diet, 30 pounds plus back on once the diet gets too boring to endure. I started this diet in June of 2010 (I was 50 years old) and stayed on it until December 2010. I am a carbo addict from the day I first ate bread and pasta and sometimes I have absolutely no control over my bad choices. I also have Hashimoto's thyroid disease, which makes me lose weight much slower than someone with a normal metabolism. The first four days of the diet allowed me to lose weight and not crave carbs. I was thankful for fruit which is sometimes left off of other diet plans, telling you it can be worked in later. Fruit and veggies are what keeps this diet interesting in the beginning where there is no meat allowed until the next diet set of 4 days, another step I had to mentally prepare for, love my chicken. The idea is to stay only 4 days on each meal plan so the diet doesn't get overly boring. I made a daily log of the food for each day, copied right from the pages of the book into a journal. I would look at my entries for the day as a whole and try to be creative with my choices. I checked off the entries as I ate my salads and fruits and measured amounts of rice and beans, and drank my cups of coffee, orange and V8 juices and metamucil, and at the end of the day I was satisfied knowing I did not overeat and was mentally prepared to lose calories in my sleep, which I did. I lost 14 pounds in the first 2 weeks, something I have never accomplished on any other plan, ever.Read more ›
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By P. Harris on February 16, 2009
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This book is great. I've been doing the diet for 2 weeks and I have lost 10 pounds! It is very strict, and you will get results if you are willing to follow the strict schedule. I will admit I was hungry for the first week as my body adjusted to learning portion control. What I like best is that it teaches you a healthy way of eating to follow for life which is what I want, not just a quick fix for weight loss.
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I started this diet when i picked up the book because it was on sale at barnes and noble. I had heard alot about it on Steve Harvey morning show. This was the first diet i have ever done. Started in August did the whole 28 days lost 21 pounds. I am still losing, enjoyed the whole book. Thanks for the push.
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The book is another easy read of Dr. Ian Smith as I have read "The Fat Smash Diet" which was an easy read. I liked both diets, with "The Fat Smash Diet", I lost 17 pounds and so far I've lost 6 pounds with " The 4 Day Diet". My favorite of the two would be "The 4 Day Diet" because I like the ability to change the eating plan every four days. This diet allows more variety in food choices early on in the plan, instead of one phase for several weeks. The exercise regime for each module isn't bad at all, it allows for a rest day during each module. I like the incorporation of the strength training as well. The beginning of the book was helpful in helping you to get mentally prepared for the diet plan. I have enjoyed reading and doing two of Dr. Ian Smith's diets, and I would highly recommend either of the two diet plans for someone who is motivated to lose weight. The two plans are easily considered a lifestyle eating plan.
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