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Dr. Ian Smith

Medical contributor to The View

Columnist for Men’s Health magazine

Medical/diet expert on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club

Host of nationally syndicated radio show Healthwise

Former medical correspondent for NBC News network and NewsChannel 4

Featured in People, Essence, Ebony, and Cosmopolitan

A.B. Harvard College; M.S. Columbia University; M.D. University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

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Get Fit Like a Celebrity with VH1's Dr. Ian Smith

Dr. Ian Smith says with the right diet and exercise you can improve your overall health and prevent serious medical conditions such as heart disease and stroke. The key for success is to find a simple, easy-to-follow, realistic plan that does not require a tremendous amount of money or time. He recommends a Mediterranean style diet that includes lots of vegetables and fruits, olive oil and seafood. A diet of this kind has been proven to prevent high blood pressure. Some of Dr. Smith's tips on nutrition include:

Other things you can do to make your weight loss efforts successful include:

1) Surrounding yourself with people who are supportive and respectful of your weight loss task;

2) Reducing stressful occurrences in your life as stress only distracts from your important missions and induces poor decisions;

3) Trying not to constantly think about food and weight! There's a lot more to life than food and worrying about the numbers on some inanimate scale.

4) Take up a hobby and keep busy to stay energized.

Dr. Ian Smith says he is shocked when reading diet books that say exercising is unnecessary or it's optional based on a dieter's preferences. The reason why he is so dumbfounded is because one of the major reasons why so many people are overweight and obese and dying from preventable medical conditions such as heart disease is largely because we have become too sedentary of a society. There are numerous studies from the best researchers in the world that continually show how important being physically active is not just for losing weight, but becoming healthier and protecting things like our blood vessels. A regular exercise program helps to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Studies show that those who incorporate a regular exercise program in their schedule will not only lose weight faster, but will keep it off for longer periods of time. Regular physical activity will keep your heart rate up and your lungs working. This will also help with toning your muscles and keeping your joints active to help prevent certain illness like arthritis. A physical activity program should ultimately follow these guidelines:

1) Exercise four to five times a week for one intense hour;

2) Change your workout routine from time to time so that your body doesn't become accustomed to your exercise schedule and stop burning the calories;

3) Start lifting light free weights at least twice a week in order to help build up your lean muscle mass; and

4) If your weight loss has reached a plateau, increase your exercise by 20 percent for about seven to nine days. At the same time, decrease the amount of calories you consume by eating smaller portions.

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