Updated: Tue 9/30/14
Dr. Michelle Cooper, M.D.
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What's the best and fastest way to lose weight?
There is no "one" single way. The best way is a combination of exercise, healthy eating and specific supplementation. In fact, I'd add in one more - rest! That's right, without sufficient sleep every night, your body won't be able to make the correct hormones to burn fat.
But utilizing all these 3-4 components, you'll achieve faster weight loss, with less effort and time, while staying healthy.
What's the best diet to follow?
Some say low carbs or high protein, vegetarian, high fat, etc., etc. Honestly, after 20 years of research I would say the BEST diet is one that's "iso-caloric", which is 1/3 protein, carbs and fats. It's the easiest to follow and least restrictive. The "Zone" Diet fits into this category.
The above is a simple guideline to stick to 80% of the time. Eat 4-6 smaller meals daily, with breakfast being the largest and dinner the smallest. Eat more carbohydrates during the day and more fats at night. Protein with all your meals.
What's the best form of exercise?
The honest answer is "anything that keeps you interested", right? If you don't like to run, then you won't stick to it. So, just get out and MOVE - indoor or outdoor, just MOVE every day for 15-20 min. At least 1 total hours a week.
But a more specific answer is a combination of resistance exercise (weights, machines, cables, etc.) + cardiovascular (walking, jogging, re-bounder, stairs, etc.). Something simple to follow is 30 minutes of weights, followed by 30 minutes of cardio, 3x weekly.
At the very least, get out and walk - you can do it any time, any place and it's FREE! So, no excuses.
What are good vitamins or supplements to take?
Let's start with the basic multi-vitamin. Then, I would suggest some anti-oxidants thrown in - extra Vitamin C, E, D3, Co-Q10, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc. These are what most people are deficient and will make a big impact.
Then, because your goal is to lose weight, more specifically FAT and not muscle weight, then a healthy fat burner that helps increase your metabolism would be a good addition.
And as stated earlier, sleep is very important. So is being able to control stress hormones, such as cortisol. I would suggest adding in Melatonin, 30 minutes before going to bed each night. There are also many natural herbs that help cause relaxation and restful sleep - just like your younger years.
If your mind is racing at nights, or you have a hard to falling asleep or staying asleep, then a product such as ProVanax has helped many people achieve a restful place - mind and body.
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