The 4 Day Diet was created by Dr. Ian Smith and is uniquely designed by providing a new eating and workout plan for dieters every 4 days. This diet has 7 phases, each with a unique focus. Each phase or module lasts for 7 days, making this entire diet take 28 days. The phases of the 4 Day Diet include: Induction, Transition, Protein Stretch, Smooth, Push, Pace and Vigorous. This article will focus on the specifics of the Push phase.
What Is the Push Phase?
The Push phase is similar to the Induction phase of the 4 Day Diet because it reverts back to a strict eating plan. The Push module is designed to mix up the monotony of the diet and prepares dieters for the final push of the 4 Day Diet. Therefore, this phase is considered the sprint before the final stretch. Dr. Smith states while this phase may be difficult, anyone can do anything for 4 days. This phase is designed to create an environment that promotes weight loss in your body.
How Is Push Module Different from the Other Modules?
During the Push Module, you will be supplied with a different eating plan for each day in the Push phase. The aim of this module is that it is designed to teach you to push through temptation while remaining motivated.
What Foods Are Allowed?
Many of the foods that were allowed in the Smooth or Transition phase will be banned during the Push phase. Foods that are allowed in the Push phase include eggs, lean protein, legumes, fruit and salad.
What Exercise Routine Is Recommended?
The exercise routine is slightly different during the Push module than the previous modules. Individuals are advised to continue 40 minutes of cardio, yet Dr. Smith further advises dieters to wear a pedometer during the Push phase and aim to walk no less than 8,000 steps per day.
Sample Meal Plan
- 1 cup beans (black beans, navy beans or garbanzo beans)
- 2 cups green salad (vegetables only)
- 2 cups raw carrots
- 3 servings of fruit
- 5 oz skinless, boneless poultry
- 2 servings steamed, baked or broiled vegetables
- 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemonade with no more than 1 tsp of sugar
The Induction phase and Transition phases of the 4 Day Diet are supposed to be followed in consecutive order, but the remaining modules can be completed in any order. If following Dr. Smith’s established order, dieters will only have the Pace and Vigorous modules remaining in this diet. The Pace module allows for several additional foods that are prohibited in the Push phase. The Vigorous module is a strict plan that is designed to help you shed those few remaining pounds. Be ready to pat yourself on the back! After the Push phase, you may only be 8 days away from the end of the 4 Day Diet. By the end of the diet, you should weigh less and have established healthier eating habits.