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Product Review: Shred – The Revolutionary Diet!

So I’ve always believed that the key to a healthy body is a healthy lifestyle, not a sfad, crash diet, temporary diet, miracle pill, the latest diet smoothie on the market, or even surgery.

The recipe for good health is proper nutrition, adequate physical exercise, sufficient water intake, sleep, and happiness! 🙂 No magic involved.

Now I happened to see a book on the market called Shred: The Revolutionary Diet by Ian K. Smith, M.D., and as bloggers, my sisters and I are always on the lookout for newly released products, books, information, etc. So I thought, well let me give this a try for my readers and let them know what I find…

The program length was to last 6 weeks. I stuck to it for about 2½ weeks before life became too hectic and I could no longer keep up with the strict eating timeline /schedule that the book requires you to follow.

Essentially the schedule was:

  • Meal 1 at 8:30 am
  • Snack 1 at 10:00 am
  • Meal 2 at 11:30 am
  • Snack 2 at 1:00 pm
  • Meal 3 at 3:30 pm
  • Meal 4 at 7:00 pm
  • Snack 3 at 8:30 pm

I tend to already eat small meals and snacks spread throughout the day so this wasn’t too difficult to follow initially, but sticking to the requirements of what I was allowed to eat and when just became a hassle!

Overall…

PROS:

  • The book offers a great balanced diet, full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, water, & unprocessed foods
  • Conceptually, it can offer up some helpful information with regards to proper nutrition
  • Can help you establish good eating habits (what to eat vs. what not to eat)
  • Helps with portion control & calorie intake
  • Helps improve water intake
  • Offers food substitutions if you don’t like a particular choice on a certain day
  • Great for people who may just be starting out on their journey to better

CONS:

  • Unrealistic demands with regard to time/schedule for eating. (no two people have the exact same life schedule!)
  • Not realistic for long term

Honestly, this is not a bad book! This is not a bad diet, in fact it is one of the better ones I have seen. What I hope to communicate is that this book did not work for ME and as a reader, you should not look to this book to solve your problems, fix your diet, make you healthy, etc. You need to look within yourself for that. This book can be your guide, but remeber that you are the driver and YOU decide what works best for you. If you have had success with this book, I am truly glad you were able to find something that worked for you. If this book doesn’t work for you or suit your needs/lifestyle, don’t view it as a failure on your part, just know that it was not the solution for YOU and you simply need to figure out what DOES work for you on your journey to better health! 🙂

Have you heard of/read this book?

– Letisha

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  • Sue says:

    Letisha, what didn’t you like about the food choices?

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Great question Sue! It was mostly the fact that I didn’t like “being told” what to eat and when. So for example, the book says eat oatmeal for breakfast, but I wouldn’t always want to eat oatmeal when it told me too, nothing against oatmeal or any other foods in the book, I just prefer to eat oatmeal when I choose. 🙂

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