The Super Shred Diet was written by Dr. Ian Smith and was released to the public in December of 2013. The program consists of four weeklong cycles and it is said to be conducive to following at home, on the road, or even at work. In the first cycle, its called “Foundation” and this is where you will eat four meals and three snacks a day, gearing your body up for weight loss. The second week is called the “Accelerate” week, and you will be speeding up weight loss during this week with the foods you are eating. The third week is called the “Shape” week where you will keep your body guessing which foods it should eat and confuse it with different foods. This is said to be the hardest week in the program for many people. Finally, the fourth week is called the “Tenacious” week, and you are just cementing ideas from the previous three weeks into your new daily life to see the weight stay off.
The claims made by the author regarding weight loss in particular are quite unrealistic, as many people’s body cannot lose large amounts of weight in just a one month time period.* If they do, it is not always the healthiest way to lose weight and keep it off long term. With the timing of the diet, it may not be as easy as the author makes it out to be, as you must eat at the same time everyday. There is no customer service number or e-mail associated with this diet book.
Do Dieters Lose Weight On The Super Shred Diet?
This diet has helped people kick start small amounts of weight loss in the beginning stages, but has said to be hard to follow and very time consuming in regards to meal planning. Some people have said to lose a small amount of weight in the beginning, but were unable to be successful with the diet due to its strict schedule, and time consuming meal planning requirements.
Jacqueline K. Morris* expressed her first concern with the diet not providing enough calories for someone to eat when they are working out and active. She felt like she could not follow the diet and workout at the same time because of how hungry she was getting.“Eating nutritious whole foods will benefit a person more than four protein shakes in a day. Also he recommends to use the Super Shred Bars and Popcorn which are full of hidden MSG, sugar alcohols, sugar and processed protein powders. If you want to lose weight quickly and need a guided plan than do it for four weeks, but stay away from the processed foods or you will not lose the weight that you want.” She ended her review by saying that he needed to put more nutritional information in the book to actually educe the customer as to why they should be eating the foods recommended.
Super shred bars contain MSG as calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed gelatin and natural and artificial flavors. Also they contain 3 sugar alcohols and sweeteners called sorbitol, maltitol and FOS.”- Jacqueline K. Morris*
Shirley Gallo* said, “The book didn't really do much for us. Very hard to get these things together and make it with a very active household and a schedule. You have to do it exactly like the book has. Overall great for those that can stick to his request.”
“There are too many changes in amount of food btw days…it's difficult to keep up… Especially with a busy schedule. It needs to be simpler… The simpler a diet plan is to follow, greater the probability of actually completing the program.”- Erica*
“If you have a full-time out of the home job, this would be a little hard to follow. Smaller meals and snacks eaten more often is a great concept but timing these out as required was tasking to follow. I will give this another try when I can devote 4 weeks committedly to this eating program.”- Bonnie Jaimes*
Is The Super Shred Diet Easy To Follow?
The author makes the diet out to be the easiest and most lenient diet to follow, but when taking a look further into the diet it does not appear that way at all. There are specific times you need to wake up, and eat each meal. This is not doable for many people, as their schedules are sometimes unchosen and they have to just adapt to the life and schedule they are currently living. In the book it says you need to awake at 7:30 a.m. each morning, with your first meal being at 8:30 a.m. Many people are at work by 8:30 a.m. so their first meal would have to be eaten at work, which then calls for major prep work the night before. Your second meal would be a snack, and that meal is to be eaten promptly at 10:00am. Again, sometimes meetings crop up, and you are unable to eat right at 10:00am. Catch my drift? Another snack is to be eaten at 11:30 a.m., with lunch following at 12:30 p.m. Your fifth time eating is then at 4:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7:30 p.m. The lack of food in the afternoon also may be hard to follow for people. Side effects ironically have said to be hunger, which doesn’t surprise me as you are required to workout a lot while taking in small meals.
While this book does comes with about 50 snack recipes and soup recipes, you will still have to put in the time to have your meals prepared and eaten at certain times. As we all are aware, life sometimes does not allow us to eat at the same times each day, so this could pose as a serious challenge to many. The book hardly references any scientific research on why this format works for weight loss, and it certainly does not provide the dieter with any studies done on how this was effective for people in the past. This potentially could just be another diet idea book created by another “Dr.” looking to make a quick sale. The reviews were less than impressive from many of the readers, which leads me to believe this diet program is not all that it is cracked up to be.
*Please keep in mind that with any diet or weight loss program, individual results will vary.
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