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Dr. Ian Smith on the upcoming Chicago Shredder weekend

Dr. Ian K. Smith

Dr. Ian K. Smith

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This is the time of year when most New Year’s resolutions have long been abandoned and the focus is on the summer and how long it will be before snow becomes a distant memory. But there are still some survivors out there who are determined that 2013 will be their year for change, and despite all of the distractions and the others who have defected from the fight, they continue to soldier on, trying to resist making bad food choices and lumbering into the gym on Saturday mornings while others wait in long brunch lines at trendy eateries.

At the beginning of the year, my book, SHRED: The Revolutionary Diet was published, and I went on a massive national media tour talking about the benefits of “diet confusion” and “meal spacing.” Last year, before the book had even been printed, I gave it out to more than 5,000 people throughout the country, mostly via my Twitter account (@doctoriansmith) and Facebook page (Face These early participants had to complete surveys detailing their weight loss and how well they followed the plan. To our amazement, we found that within six weeks, the average person had lost 20 pounds, 6 inches or two dress sizes.

Since January, hundreds of thousands of Shredders across the country have tweeted and Facebook-messaged me their questions and success stories, and I am more energized than ever about the tremendous benefits Shred can deliver. One woman from Philadelphia talked about how her doctor had reduced her diabetes medications and had taken her off blood pressure pills because her numbers had improved so drastically. Beverly Simon from Baltimore is down 74 pounds on her journey, and she was one of the first who started Shredding on a whim after reading one of my early tweets long before the book was published.

Now, Beverly and other Shredders from around the country are getting together April 19-21 in our great city to inspire, learn and share the Shred lifestyle. We are hosting the very first Shredder weekend, an intense three days packed with all of the ingredients one needs on this often difficult weight-loss journey. The weekend kicks off on Friday with a welcome reception at the Union League Club, and Saturday and Sunday are full of personal training sessions at Hi Fi Fitness, cooking demos and motivational speeches. Saturday night, we have a special celebration: a Shred-designed dinner at iconic Chicago restaurant Dick’s Last Resort.

In advance of the event, we’ve taken the cause to social media, starting a Chicago Shredders group on Facebook, which has hundreds of Chicagoans Shredding together, feeling better and changing their lives. When I wrote Shred, this was always my hope. I dreamed that I would touch peoples’ lives, empower them and help them realize that they could actually win the battle on the scale and take control of their health destiny.

People often ask me how I have such energy and passion for what I do. The answer is simple. When someone tells me how they’ve never been able to lose weight and have now lost 28 pounds, or another person tells me that their entire family is following the Shred plan because it’s so simple and accessible and affordable, rather than pausing for celebration, I stop and think about how many more people I can touch — and I go back to work trying to find a way to reach them all.

To register for Shredder weekend (April 19-21, $125 per person) and to see a schedule of activities, go to

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