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The 50 Million Pound Challenge

Encouraging African-Americans to unite to collectively drop 50MM pounds.

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  • Established: 2007
  • Founder: Dr. Ian Smith
  • Career Highlights: Celebrity Fit Club; medical contributor on The Rachel Ray Show; author of The Fat Smash Diet and Extreme Fat Smash Diet
  • Accessibility: Book, online tools
  • Diet Type: Healthy eating and increased exercise
  • Gender: Male, female
BACKGROUND

The 50 Million Pound Challenge is an amazing way for the African-American community to unite and overcome the vastly growing health crisis of obesity. Headed by Dr. Ian Smith, known for his Fat Smash Diet and role on Celebrity Fit Club, and partnered by State Farm Insurance, The 50 Million Pound Challenge's goal is to bring African-Americans together to collectively lose 50 million pounds during the next two years. To date, Dr. Ian's fight against obesity has helped people lose more than 1.1 million pounds- and the number just keeps rising.

While Smith's cause was formed as a way to bring the African-American community together to lose weight, it has never been exclusive by race. In fact, During Biggest Loser Season 7, The 50 Million Pound Challenge partnered with the show to bring more awareness to our population as a whole to live more active, healthy lifestyles to turn-around our growing obesity epidemic.

PRO
  • Promotes healthy diet and exercise
  • Provides tools and information to lose weight and improve your health
  • Socially unites the community
  • Although The 50 Million Pound Challenge is targeted toward African-Americans, all events and programs are not exclusive to African-Americans. Anybody can participate regardless of social/ethnic background
  • Dr. Ian Smith is a well-known and trusted weight loss expert
CON
  • A consultation with a physician should be scheduled prior to starting the program
DIET and NUTRITION

The 50 Million Pound Challenge provides vast information related to dieting, healthy eating habits, and balanced meals. The program shares some of Dr. Ian's simple tips and guidelines for eating healthy. He points out that it does not require drastic changes to your diet, just smart replacements for some of the more unhealthy items, as well as smarter portion control.

Your diet should include:

  • Fruits
  • Whole- or multi-grain breads
  • Low-fat or skim dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt
  • Lean protein sources like chicken, turkey and beef
  • Vegetables, just be conscientious of how you're preparing them. Also, stay away from those are too starchy like white potatoes.
  • Make healthy beverage choices like water, 100% juices and herbal tea without sweetener
  • Eat breakfast and don't skip meals
EXERCISE

The 50 Million Pound Challenge also provides information about exercise - anything from simple walking to jumping rope. You should commit to some cardio exercise 3 times a week, about half an hour each session, and steadily increase that to 5 times a week for 40 minute sessions. You're advised to go more slowly if necessary, as long as you keep a consistent schedule that you're comfortable with. Try to make two days a week focus on strength training, in half hour sessions.

CONCLUSION

The efforts of Dr. Ian Smith and The 50 Million Pound Challenge will clearly be a historic movement and hopefully greatly improve overall American health. This program has received ample praise and attention in the news and media, as well as on blogging and consumer sites. Taking advantage of this program is a fantastic way to improve your body and health and live a longer, happier life. You're encouraged to increase your exercise schedule by about 10% every three weeks.

Common Misspellings

The 50 Million Pounds Challenge, Challange, The Fifty Million Pound Challenge


Related Diets: Celebrity Fit Club, New Day, Your Way, The Biggest Loser At Home Program, The Fat Smash Diet, Discovery Health National Body Challenge


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PATTY

THE DIET IS GREAT: LOST SEVEN POUNDS IN 3 WEEKS. I ALSO BEEN DRINKING THIS JUCIE I ORDERED WHICH IS CALLED MONA VIE JUICE. IT IS GREAT FOR fibromyaigia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I HAVE A FRIEND WHO WAS IN A WHEEL CHAIR AND SHE CAN NOW WALK AND GO DO HER SHOPPING HER SELF. THATS GREAT TO HEAR

posted Mar 29th, 2009 4:58 pm


ressestheonely

I need help in getting in shape in is hard because i have fibromyaigia and chronic fatigue syndrome so each day is a challenge for me any help would be fine thanks

posted Mar 29th, 2009 10:57 am


Alivia

Although I started the 50 million challenge yesterday, I find this plan awesome. I had almost everything on the grocery list at home. I had to buy just a few items to complete the list. This plan is not like any other plan I have been on. All the other plans require special foods that your family cannot eat, or do not want to eat. With this list my family can and do eat most of the food. Thanks Dr. Ian

posted Mar 24th, 2009 9:40 pm


ZAIRE GOLDSMITH

IT DEFINITELY WORKS, BUT CALORIE TOTAL MAKES IT EXTREMELY HARD TO STICK TO. I DIDN'T CHEAT

posted Mar 17th, 2009 1:33 pm


pepper red

looking forward to getting started .

posted Mar 12th, 2009 8:00 pm


Judy Williams

I am not starting until Sunday. Have my grocery list, meal planner and exercises printed and ready. I am soooooo excited.

posted Mar 12th, 2009 2:58 pm


Jennifer

I have lost a bit of weight by following the 30-day meal plan and custom tailoring it to my food preferences (I'm not big on sushi). I really like the tools that you get to use when you register. And for everyone's info, you get to the snacks list when you log in, click on today's meals, and click on "Healthy Snacks" in your list of meals for the day.
Or you can find it here --

posted Mar 9th, 2009 10:37 pm


C.Valett

I have been on the diet for a week and so far like it, but I'm still unable to find the snack list. Please send it to me!

posted Mar 8th, 2009 8:31 pm


Stephanie Harding

I would like to at least 100 pound by nest year.

posted Mar 6th, 2009 3:01 pm


trinaeverhart

i want to lose 50 pounds

posted Mar 5th, 2009 1:36 pm


wanda humphrey

i need to lose about 50 lbs. and i like this
diet plan.

posted Feb 28th, 2009 8:01 am


Kaylizzie

Thank you for finally putting together a program that is both realistic and financially obtainable. As a home school mother of three boys, I find it difficult to make time to count points, measure special powders or stay within budget while focusing on being healthy. Motivation truly does come from within, but a little encouragement and help with planning goes a long way. Thanks!

posted Feb 20th, 2009 12:14 pm


elaine

I would like more information about this new way of losing weight, because I have tried a little of everything to lose this weight.

posted Feb 12th, 2009 5:26 pm



coribriggs

The website is ...Once you register (which is free) you get yoour menue and shopping list weekly, or monthly. Whichever you choose. it tracks your weight and exercise progress. it's very interactive and easy. I love it. I started at 253 pounds and I can see real success in my future.

posted Feb 10th, 2009 4:10 pm



coribriggs

I started this diet last week and weighed in every day for the first 7 days. I followed the meal plan without adding or taking away anything and lost 7 pounds in the first 4 days. It's slowed now as with any diet. It's been easy and inspiring.

posted Feb 10th, 2009 4:07 pm


Pamela Woods

I would like information about the diet

posted Feb 6th, 2009 10:09 pm


Is this even good?

I think that only people who have tried this should be giving a thumbs up or down. Just posting willy-nilly skews the results. Just sayin'.

posted Feb 2nd, 2009 9:05 pm


Vanessa Brown

I do like what I''ve read about the program and I would like to try and receive the diet.

posted Feb 2nd, 2009 12:52 pm


channa

send me any and everything you can about the challenge I am looking forward to getting started 2009 is my year to lose the weight.

posted Feb 1st, 2009 9:47 am


Dana Sibert

i've just started the challenge and i'm looking for a change in my lifestyle completely. thank you

posted Jan 29th, 2009 9:01 pm



 

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