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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 would like to loss approx 30 pounds. i would like to join the challenge.

posted Nov 24th, 2008 3:36 pm



this diet is not just for blacks, it's just that he's looking out for his race as well as others. Blacks have the highest obesity in the USA so that's why he looks out more for his race Dummy. (Donna Bedford) So stop making something out of nothing and lose some weight fat girl lol.

posted Nov 14th, 2008 11:54 pm



please e-mail me thank you

posted Nov 2nd, 2008 8:42 pm



The program is a great well rounded program that offers meal plans and encourages exercise. Also if you look on the FAQ it is for everyone not just African Americans.

posted Nov 1st, 2008 1:20 pm

Donna Bedford


I haven't tried the program. I'm anglo and find it very interesting that there continue to be programs by blacks JUST for blacks...now that's racist!

If there was a diet to "unit anglo americans," the black community would have a fit.

Shame on you for continuing to divide America by race. You can't have it both ways.

Proud Anglo-American.

posted Oct 22nd, 2008 6:20 pm

kathy wallace


i like it please e-mail to me thank you

posted Oct 21st, 2008 12:53 pm



I read Dr. Smith's book (The Fat Smash Diet) after watching my friend lose 45 pounds. I began the program and lost 33 lbs in about three months. It is fabulous!!! I found that I had so much energy. My skin cleared up. My blood pressure and cholesterol levels dropped
significantly. His plan is simple and inexpensive. I have spent hundreds of dollars on other plans and was even considering surgery. I have found that to be unnecessary. It was the best $12.99 (the cost of the book), I have ever spent. My friend got hers at the library. She used Dr. Smith's second book (The Extreme Fat Smash Diet). That one was more rigid. The Fat Smash Diet book gave me more flexibility. If God continues to give me the strength, I know I can reach my goals through this wonderful plan. I encourage you to try it.

posted Oct 19th, 2008 7:42 pm

gary kaposta

Skim milk is more fattening than whole milk, eat fat with every meal to lose fat. Dr. Ian is about 8 yrs. behind the info curve re fat loss. Pls google Dr. Mary Enig for accurate info if you want success for your followers.

posted Apr 10th, 2008 5:52 pm


this is a great push. Dr. Ian is really promoting this and the program is easy to do, without completely changing everything you do all at once.


50 million pounds is a ton of weight for people to use, and I sure hope the goal can be met. The program is solid and not too hard




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