Many people realize, at some point, that they need to lose weight. So they might begin a medical weight loss program and become interested in healthier, lower-calorie foods. However, a healthy diet is important for all of us! This is true no matter what you weigh. Consider these facts…
Heart disease is currently the number one cause of death for American adults (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Yes, some people are genetically prone to heart problems, but our diets and lifestyles play an enormous part in the development (or absence) of disease. One of the best things you can do for your heart is to choose foods that lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels. These foods are high in fiber, omega-3 acids, anti-inflammatory vitamins, and other specific micro-nutrients.
- Spinach – or other leafy greens such as kale
- Berries – blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are good choices
- Beans and lentils
- Nuts – almonds and walnuts are particularly good
- Fish, such as sardines, salmon, and trout
- Oats – just avoid high sugar varieties
Look for these foods at your grocery store or farmer’s market, and experiment with new recipes until you find dishes you love enough to incorporate them into your regular routine.
Of course, diet is only one part of the equation. Lifestyle also plays a huge role in heart disease, so remember to exercise daily, or at least four to five times per week. Tweak your daily activities so that you spend more time moving around, and less time on sedentary activities. And of course, quit smoking, and cut back on alcoholic beverages. (Some experts do believe that red wine is good for your heart, but only in moderation of course!)
Schedule an appointment with us, and we can discuss your nutritional plan in greater detail. We will also screen you for health disorders, make recommendations to help with weight loss, and review your exercise plans to make sure they are safe for you.