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Can you tell me what is the best exercise and diet for weight loss?

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Dr. Arthur Apolinario
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Ask your doc first: Everyone is different and has different tolerances for exercise and diet. Portion control is the best long term diet strategy. I usually have people multiply their ideal body weight by 12 and that's on average how many calories they should eat daily from then on to get and maintain that weight. Then I recommend high intensity exercise, if the patient is able, since that builds the most muscle.
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Yes...: ...the diet and exercise YOU'LL STAY WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me how much exercise is recomended for weight loss?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Cardio Mix: The best way to lose weight is cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. Exercises such as crunches, planks, sit-ups, etc are good for toning the abdominal muscles, but cardio is best for weight loss.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Which one is more important for weight loss - diet or exercise?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Balance the two: If you have adipose tissue to lose (not everyone does), then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with walking, running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What's the best supplemental weight loss pill to go with a diet-and-exercise plan?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Unfortunately: There is no safe and effective magic pill.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is more important for weight loss: diet or exercise?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Diet: Calories in are an important part of weight loss. That is not to minimize the importance of exercise and activity, however, if you eat one slice of cheesecake at a restaurant (600-800 calories) you would have to walk for 2 hours to burn those additional calories. Many are not aware of the caloric value and fat content of their diet. Ultimately both should be incorporated.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What types of exercise are best for weight loss?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Many: Remember exercise can keep you from gaining weight but not necessarily lose weight if you are not eating properly. High intensity interval training burns fat. Make sure you are medically cleared to do so. For instance a 20-30 min elliptical interval program where first 5 is warm up, next 20 you increase work load or speed the last 15-20 seconds each minute then return to baseline. Burns fat!

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