You know. A coworker and I started the Fat Smash Diet...well I was bullied in to it...on July 6th. (We chose after the 4th due to the massive BBQ's that weekend) You know, I was sorta into it, sorta not, so I don't know how helpful my review would be but I'll give you my stats below.
Body stats: 5'7", 272lbs.
The first 9 days is all fruits, vegetables, rice, small amount of nuts, beans, fresh juice, and a few other cooking esentials (like butter). I lost 3 lbs the first week although I can tell you I cheated pretty much every other day. It's pretty obvious why you lose the first few days. All you eat is fruit and vegetables. I had to go to the bathroom pretty consistently. It wasn't really bad, but I was weak for a few days. I felt fine but my workouts at the gym were shorter then before.
The girl I work with is still doing it, and she thinks I am too however I went back to my calorie counting. It is what I am comfortable with and it worked for me steadily in the past. To be honest I was scared to gain the weight back from the detox period so I worked out like crazy for a few days-week after I "stopped" following along with the diet in order to prevent gaining until I was back to my steady menu. My coworker I believe is down 6 or 7 lbs since the 6th (4 of which were her detox). I like the concept of Dr. Ian's because he really lays it out. You can't lose weight without watching what you eat, and you definitely can't lose weight unless you get your @ss off the couch and move around. He doesn't give you tricks of the trade or any non sense. He's very straight forward. Eat Healthy. Exercise. Lose Weight.
This diet was fairly popular when it was first released, mainly because of the Celebrity Fit Club I think, but has faded since so it is dificult to find reviews decent reviews anyway. I'm sorry I don't have a more long term look at this diet as far as long term weight loss or maintenance goes but this diet just wasn't for me at this juncture. I still have the book in my car, wedged between my console and passenger seat. I keep it there to remind me that whenever I get so fed up an tired of being fat and I want a quick fix that there really is a diet out there that is not that quick fix and still works. I will eventually get back up on that horse when I need to switch it up (due to stalling or whatever) but for now I am sticking to my calorie zigzagging and whole foods.
Good luck if you decide to move forth with it!
Everyone will tell you negative comments about it but they don't understand it. Most people will freak out when you say "detox" but this is not a starvation detox. I say if you think you can handle it, then do it. I will warn you, it feels very restrictive for the first week, afterwards it gets easier as you are then allowed to add in a small amount of meat and dairy.
Shelly de Flores
Journey Began May 24, 2010