Dr. Ian Smith
On the popular VH1 TV hit "Celebrity Fit Club," Dr. Ian Smith helps stars shed pounds when almost everything else has failed them. His two books, "Fat Smash Diet" and "Extreme Fat Smash Diet" are New York Times best-sellers, and his radio shows can be heard on BET and the American Urban Network. You also can see him on "The View" and other popular network TV shows providing excellent advice in an entertaining and upbeat way.
Dr. Smith is the spokesman for The 50 Million Pound Challenge, sponsored by State Farm. It's a historic campaign by the African-American community encouraging people to take back their health by saving lives, getting fit and losing weight. Anyone can participate. For more info go to: www.50millionpounds.com.
Additional details about Dr. Smith and his projects can be found at: www.doctoriansmith.com and www.celebrityfitclub.com.
Are there people who simply cannot lose weight?
"Yes. Certain medical conditions, an extremely slow metabolism and taking certain medications can make it difficult to lose weight. The majority of the population, however, can definitely shed pounds."
Of the celebrities you've helped, who was the most fun to work with? And who was the most challenging?
"Well, everyone knows Ted Lange from his role as Isaac the Bartender on the classic TV series ‘The Love Boat.' He was so enthusiastic and a joy to be around. I keep in touch with him regularly, and he has kept the weight off. He lost 30 pounds on the Fat Smash Diet and says it has changed his life. Jeff Conway, who starred in ‘Grease' and TV series ‘Taxi' had so many personal issues that it was almost impossible to do anything with him."
More and more children are having health issues at an earlier age due to obesity. Is a youngster ever too young to be placed on a diet?
"Children should not be put on diets, as we normally think of them. They should be placed on food and exercise plans that meet nutritional and other needs. It is dangerous to take an adult diet, like the popular ones you hear and read about, and put children on it because they typically have so many restrictions."
What are your guilty snacks?
"I love barbecued ribs and making brownies. Salmon is my favorite treat, and I'm giving you the recipe for my best dish!"
Any foods that are so unhealthy they really shouldn't even exist?
"Fettuccini Alfredo is a heart attack on a plate. The Baconater from Wendy's is horrible. And pork rinds don't have any nutritional value at all."
GLAZED HONEY SALMON
For the Marinade:
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons whiskey (optional)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoons sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, grated
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 (5-ounce) salmon fillets, with skin
Olive oil or butter spray for grill
Mix the marinade ingredients and marinate the salmon fillets for 30 minutes in the refrigerator, turning the fish in the marinade once or twice. Spray a grill with olive oil or butter spray and preheat it. Cook the salmon, skin-side down first. After 4-6 minutes, remove the fish from the skin, turn and baste with the marinade. Cook the second side for 4-6 minutes, until it is opaque throughout, but don't overcook it. Serves 4.
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