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The 50 Million Pound Challenge

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

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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.

  • 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
  • A consultation with a physician should be scheduled prior to starting the program

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

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.


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.

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Tracy Reed


I have been on the diet for 11 days now and I like it.It wasn't hard gettin started and I have lost 6 pounds.I'm in the process of tryin to purchase a treadmill so I can walk at home.I recommend this diet.

posted Oct 2nd, 2009 5:33 pm



i am only 15 years old i used to weight 280 ponds within a year i have lost 100 ponds no people listin if a 15 year old man can do that y cant u i have cofedence that any one can do any thing ,but most of all when the escape the fear that is holding u back from the extra set or that othe mile.people push ur selfs,by clarence perkins

posted Sep 18th, 2009 6:37 pm



Just get started and you won't regret it. It really doesn't even feel like a diet, just a lifestyle change...I ahve already lost 7 pounds and it's only been 8 days!!!!!! More importantly, I feel better!

posted Sep 9th, 2009 11:57 am



It's only a hype. Gave it a try, but didn't like it.

posted Sep 2nd, 2009 12:19 pm



I like the idea and would like to start up now

posted Jul 28th, 2009 5:56 pm


This is my 3rd day and it's been good but I'm whiting until the pounds come off.

posted Jul 24th, 2009 2:47 pm



Great program sponsored by State Farm. And it is for EVERYONE! I work for SF and it gets a lot of attention here and across the country. 1.5 Million users!!!!

posted Jul 8th, 2009 5:04 pm


it won't let me put in the year that i was born

posted Jun 8th, 2009 11:39 pm



This is 6th day on the diet and I love it! I have so much more energy. For the first time in a long time, I don't feel fatiqued when I wake up in the morning. In fact, I have been waking up about 5:30 a.m. and I feel refreshed...and I already lost 2 pounds. We are doing the challenge at work as a group, I am also encouraging my daughter who struggles with weight.
I would encourage anyone to try the diet (which doesn't even feel like a diet).

posted Jun 1st, 2009 5:28 pm



So far I have completed my first week on the diet, and truth be told eating smaller and heathier portions has actually boosted my energy and I feel better overall. Typically I find myself eating rather large portions of food once a day and at night but this routine i guess you could say enforces healthy eating habits throughout the day which keeps me from binge eating towards the latter in of my day. I feel this diet implemented with a good workout regime will allow me to lose the 10-15 lbs desired.

posted May 29th, 2009 9:26 am



I am on day 28 and have lost 10 lbs. I love it. I feel great not only with the fat melting away but I feel good and on teh inside as I feel without all the processed foods I was used to eating that I feel a lot healthier.
My question is.... can I repeat the entire 30 day program over and over again and can this be a safe diet to live on for the rest of my life or just until I reach my goal? does anyone know as I have not seen this question posed anywhere.


posted May 28th, 2009 10:34 am


i dont know if i like it or not, but im going to try it out and if i like it i will agree and if i dont like it i will disagree.

posted May 19th, 2009 2:37 am


For the 1st time in my life I' m faced with fighting a disease. I need to watch my weight and eat to keep my body healthy. I hope Dr. Ian you can be instrumental in helping to save my life. Thanks for all the good work you do.

posted May 14th, 2009 1:25 pm



I can't wait to get started. I would love to lose 50 to 100lbs. So tired of being big.This is my last resort

posted Apr 23rd, 2009 10:25 pm

Chrissy Jittan

I can't wait to get started..

posted Apr 14th, 2009 9:09 pm



Very sensible and free

posted Apr 14th, 2009 11:19 am

cassandrs white


started the 4 day diet on march with the morning crew and have lost 17 pounds,thank you Dr Ian Smith.

posted Apr 10th, 2009 12:04 am

LaLonee Gibbs


I really need to get off some weight.

posted Apr 9th, 2009 10:52 pm

Beverly Jones

I'm now on day 5 and I find that I now stay hungry even with the snacks. What is going on? should I be so hungry and what must I do.

posted Apr 7th, 2009 5:18 pm



i like the diet need to lose 45 pounds is any one between 170-180 how much weight have u lost following the meal plan

posted Apr 2nd, 2009 12:43 pm


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