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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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I like the sound of this and would like to find out as much information as I can to get started.

posted Jan 28th, 2009 11:50 am


I need the snack list for the 30 day challenge along with are you allow any seasoning or condiments.

posted Jan 26th, 2009 12:27 pm



I would like to find ways to lose weight.

posted Jan 25th, 2009 12:03 pm



I would like to lose 40 pounds.

posted Jan 25th, 2009 12:01 pm




posted Jan 21st, 2009 3:13 pm



I'am looking forward to this program

posted Jan 19th, 2009 4:16 pm

Geraldine R

can someone direct me to the website that shows what to eat on this diet (sample breakfast, lunch and dinner/and recipes).i want to start this program but have no idea of any meal plans.........I'm anxious.

posted Jan 17th, 2009 5:59 am

Linda Ezell


I would like to start the diet, please advise how

posted Jan 13th, 2009 12:45 pm

lisa miles


This sounds more like what I can adjust to in my every day living. Let's give it a shot. I have 35 pounds to lose and every time I try and lose, I end up gaining!

posted Jan 12th, 2009 12:04 pm

betty wilson


I have a hundred ponds to lose. I have lost 50 this sounds like what I need

posted Jan 9th, 2009 5:43 pm



I woul.d like to move forward with this diet. If someone could please let me know how I can get started.

Thanks so much!!!

posted Jan 8th, 2009 2:14 pm



The people accusing The 50 Million Pound Challenge and its sponsors of being racist are very misinformed. The program started by focusing on African Americans because this audience demonstrated a need to create smarter, healthier lifestyles. There are plenty of studies showing that African Americans have major problems in this area. However, the important thing to realize is that the 50 Million Pound Challenge is not exclusive for African Americans. Anyone can join. It's totally free. In fact, if you visit the website, you'll see they often feature members who have made extraordinary accomplishments with the program. And guess what? They feature non-African Americans too. So please stop being so silly with the accusations. How often do you see a program designed to help everyone, that is inclusive of everyone, and is totally FREE? Join the program and experience the rewards. You will be welcomed.

posted Jan 3rd, 2009 7:36 pm



I appreciate Dr. Ian offering assistance to those with weight challenges. I know its not just offered to african american people, if it was he would not have offered the kits at state farm which services any race and religion. Lets all encourage one another during these trying times. Life is to short to waist on being negative. Love you all.

posted Jan 2nd, 2009 5:42 pm



I would like to take the challenge please e-mail me the diet I am eager to get started.

posted Jan 2nd, 2009 11:21 am



I have lost 25 pounds in one month using this diet. I did not cheat but did have chocolate chip cookies and fudge pudding that was listed on the suggested snack list. Easy to follow, good portion control techniques and real world eating alternatives.

posted Dec 29th, 2008 12:31 pm




posted Dec 27th, 2008 12:52 am

vickie rowe


heard alot about this program and c alot about Dr.Ian Smith on T.V. so i am excited bout hear more on his

posted Dec 15th, 2008 12:12 am



I think Linda & Donna should both get a life. Have you not being reading lately. What have the reports been says about blacks as far as leading in health issues. If you want to trade places with some of us then have at it. PS you should not what you are talking about before you speak.

posted Dec 6th, 2008 8:45 pm



I'm very interested in finding out more about this program. I've tried so many things that have not worked for me.

posted Dec 5th, 2008 4:57 pm



I agree with Donna. You can't or shouldn't have it both ways. I emailed the Challenge re: this issue in Oct and they still have not responded. Hmmm

posted Dec 5th, 2008 2:47 pm


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