Get your body ready for summer with the ‘Fast Burn’ program

If want to get rid of those pesky extra pounds, first you need to learn how fat works and which foods can help you in the weight loss process. Bestselling author, Dr. Ian Smith, gave us the insight he shares in his new book, "Fast Burn!: The Power of Negative Energy Balance."

HOUSTONNew York Times bestselling author and host of the syndicated television show The Doctors’—Ian K. Smith, M.D has a unique intermittent fasting plan that combines the power of time-restricted eating with an easy-to-follow detailed program.

It’s all in his new book, in FAST BURN! The Power of Negative Energy Balance.

Fast Burn by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin's Press)

Dr. Smith joined Houston Life to explain what this 9-week program is all about and how it could help you shed those “Covid 15″ pounds.

Dr. Smith also shared why you need fat in your diet and showed examples of some of the good fats you need to consume.

One plate of organic raw foods full of vitamins and antioxidants. (iStock)

Dr. Smith recommends packing up on monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, avocados, almonds, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and polyunsaturated fats like walnuts, sunflower seeds, tofu, and salmon.

On the other hand, he suggests staying away from saturated fats like cheese, butter, cookies, and trans fats like margarine, French fries, fried chicken, and non-dairy coffee creamer.

If you want to get started on the Fast Burn plan, Smith shared some meals and snack options for a typical day on the program.

Meal 1

  • Lemon water
  • 1 piece of fruit
  • Scrambled eggs with vegetables & cheese

Snack options

  • 1 cup trail mix
  • 1 bunch of grapes
  • 1 cup of yogurt with granola

Meal 2

  • 2 small slices of cheese pizza
  • Or a large green garden salad

Snack options

  • Baby carrots with hummus
  • 1 cup mixed berries with whipped cream
  • 1 handful of cashews

Meal 3

  • Grilled chicken with steamed vegetables

Snack options

  • Bowl of air-popped popcorn with parmesan cheese
  • A small bowl of Goldfish crackers
  • A small bowl of Tortilla chips with salsa

To see Dr. Smith’s complete interview, watch the video above.

To get a complete list of meals and exercises, you can get the book, here.

To connect with Dr. Smith, click here.

About the Author:

Beatriz is a producer for Houston life. She’s a dog mom who enjoys traveling and eating her way through new cities and cultures.