The 50 million pound challenge is an initiative started by Ian Smith, MD, that is not only about shedding pounds, but working toward a better well-being. It has jumped back in the news because of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, and his discussions of the 4-day diet. The 4-day diet itself is a plan that Smith has developed with the idea that every four days you change your diet to increase your metabolism in order to also set long term goals for your health and fitness.
The way that the 4-day diet works is by first cleansing your system through a detox and cleansing with foods like broccoli and cabbage that can be served with an eggs omelet. The key is serving protein during that section of the diet, and one of the easy steps is by starting with a nice omelet. The second phase is the transition to re-introducing foods to your system in moderation, which doesn’t really deprive you of the tasty foods, but helps your system accept and deal with them better.
The 4-day diet works into the smooth phase where people can have “forbidden” foods, then into a protein stretch to help intensify the diet, and then finally the real diet step called the push/pace phase which challenges people. The key behind Dr. Ian Smith’s ideas, is that you overcome your cravings, enjoy your foods in moderation, and that you identify the triggers that tempt you to keep going after forbidden foods on a program like this. It’s an interesting concept, and Smith has put his money where is mouth is by preaching it as the diet expert on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club.
Through the 50 million pound challenge, Smith has extended a pseudo challenge to all of America to get out and try to shed some of that weight. The ambitious goal of the plan is to get America as a whole to lose more than 50 million pounds, and help to deal with the nation’s obesity problems. Through a web-site dedicated to the idea, participants can easily track their personal progress, get encouragement about how they are doing, and help work towards a healthier lifestyle.
The 50 million pound challenge is a really cool idea that continues to gain support as more and more people sign up to check it out. It’s not just about the weight loss, but showing people that they aren’t alone in their goals, and that easy lifestyle decisions can all lead us in the right direction to stay fit. Steve Harvey is just one of the celebrities endorsing this great plan as well as the 4-day diet, and it is something everyone should at least check out.
Sources: 4-Day Diet and 50 Million Pound Challenge