Dr. Mehmet Oz has acquired a reputation as one of the nation's top weight loss experts, from his popular health talk show to his best-selling books such as "YOU: Losing Weight: The Owner's Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Loss" and "YOU: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management" (click for details). And he's more than an expert: Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Oz also maintains an impressively fit physique, which he sometimes shows off in the exercise segments on his show. For those reasons, we were delighted when we had the opportunity for an exclusive interview with the wizard of weight loss and his trainer Joel Harper.
Here are the answers to our questions in our exclusive interview:
Question for Joel: How frequently do you work out with Dr. Oz, for how long, and what is the routine?
Joel: "Varies week to week. We mix it up with yoga, Pilates, kick-boxing, strength training and balance." Contributor to and creator of a wide range of exercise DVDs, Joel noted that Dr. Oz participates in several of them, such as "Joel Harper's Firming After 50" and "YOU: ON A DIET WORKOUT."
Question for Dr. Oz: What have you learned from Joel about diet and fitness?
Dr. Oz told us that he has discovered the following diet and fitness tips from Joel:
- Stretching is as important as strength training.
- Efficient training is about using your time wisely and always moving, so fill every minute with an activity that stimulates your muscles, heart, or joints.
- Keep your face and shoulders relaxed to reduce tension and increase endurance.
- Always eat protein with your meal and within 30 minutes of your workout.
- Joel also taught me that I don't have to be sore the next day in order to work out effectively.
- You should always leave a workout feeling energized and tension free.
Question for Joel: For people who want to lose weight, which is more important if they're crunched for time: Cardio or strength-training?
Joel: The trick is to pick exercises that use multiple muscles simultaneously while getting your heart rate up. For example: towel runs or knee bounces. They build your heart strength, burn calories and strengthen multiple muscles.
And for those who struggle to lose weight and cravings, Joel says: "Higher-protein diets help people better control their appetites and calorie intake. The best sources of protein often aren’t quick and available so I always have a Promax LS bar on hand, which has 18g of protein and tastes great. High-protein foods take more work to digest, metabolize and use, which means you burn more calories processing them. They also take longer to leave your stomach, so you feel full sooner and for longer."
And our tip: Joel mentions Promax LS, which are made with stevia and high in protein as well as fiber. Learn more about Promax Lower Sugar Energy Bar in flavors like Chocolate Fudge by clicking here.