November 19th, 2008
03:55 PM ET

Gupta and friends reveal secrets to success

By Danielle Dellorto
CNN Medical Producer

Last night was the second CNN Fit Nation Solution summit in New York City, a night to offer answers, instead of just placing blame, for the obesity crisis in America. Practicing neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta has a formula for success: Eat healthy + move more = live healthy.

Rachel Ray, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Jillian Michaels, Eric Shanteau

Gupta moderated a discussion with TV host and cookbook author, Rachael Ray; life coach and fitness trainer from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Jillian Michaels; and Olympic swimmer Eric Shanteau. Together they developed tips on how to motivate America to exercise and eat healthier foods.

Rachael Ray’s Top Tips:
1. Cook with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
2. Use whole-wheat pasta
3. Get some fish in you
4. Load your pasta with veggies
5. Have fun!

Jillian Michaels’ Top Tips:
1. Put yourself first
2. Make nutrition a priority
3. Exercise
4. Make mental health a priority
5. Stop and smell the roses

Eric Shanteau’s Top Tips:
1. Exercise with a purpose
2. Try new workouts
3. Get outdoors
4. Have a workout partner
5. Listen to music

Gupta reminds us all that small changes reap big results. Losing just 10 percent of your weight can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease. Also, regular exercise will reduce type 2 diabetes, keep your bones stronger as you age. But don’t stress if you can't hike a mountain or go jogging. You will see a difference by just increasing the amount you walk by 30 minutes each day. The key is to eat healthy and get moving. No magic pill needed. This simple formula really does work.

One of the best aspects of the CNN Fit Nation Solution Summit was hearing real life weight-loss success stories from CNN iReporters in the audience. You can read their stories here. They inspired all of us (even gave Rachael Ray “goosebumps”) with their determination and fight to live healthier lives.

Now I want to hear from you! Have you had weight loss success? What motivates you? Share your top tips below!

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