Magazine article Black Enterprise

Healthy Wealthy & Wise: Dr. Ian Smith Shares Tips for Busy Professionals

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Healthy Wealthy & Wise: Dr. Ian Smith Shares Tips for Busy Professionals

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YOU MAY RECOGNIZE DR. IAN SMITH AS THE STRAIGHTFORWARD YET AFFABLE doctor on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club and the Emmy Award-winning talk show The Doctors. His latest venture is his New York Times best-selling book Super Shred (St. Martin's Press; $24.99), which lays out a program to lose 20 pounds in four weeks. Smith sat down with BLACK ENTERPRISE to discuss what being healthy means to him and how everyone can fit healthy habits into their schedule.


Being swamped at work is no excuse for not putting time and energy into a proper diet and exercise plan. "There's no such thing as not having enough time," Smith says. But he understands that in the real world, sometimes work gets in the way. That's why he designed Super Shred "for people who are busy and want to lose weight quickly on a hectic schedule." No matter which program you choose, it needs to be adjustable to your schedule to be sustainable. There are surefire things we can all do: Work out before work, walk during lunch, snack on high-fiber foods, and avoid eating at your desk.


Smith can't stress enough the importance of "being more in tune with your body" and taking control of your weight. "Excess weight puts a physical strain on your body, on your joints, and it zaps your energy," he says. Simple ways to start taking greater control include drinking eight glasses of water a day, eliminating soda, and eating less fried foods. "There are a lot of things that people can do--they just have to be committed to it," Smith says. But No. 1 on the list is to get moving. Says Smith, "If I could write one prescription for a healthy life, it would be to exercise. Movement affects every system in your body."


Being healthy encompasses more than physical well-being. …

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