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More than 72 million adults in the United States are obese, increasing their risk of many chronic diseases. Millions are trying to lose weight on popular diets, but Sari Greaves, R. D., a dietitian at New Youk-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s Cardiac Health Center says, “Just because a diet helps you lose weight does not automatically make it nutritious.

An ideal weight-loss plan will help you lost weight gradually, while facilitating disease prevention.”

Joan Salge Blake, M.S., R.D., an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman, insists that a diet that’s kind to our waist can also be kind to your heart. She recommends:
  • Plant-based eating styles—fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
     
  • Wholesome breakfasts; don’t skip meals.
     
  • Small amounts of protein; six ounces per day. (Three-ounces will fit nicely in a woman’s palm.)
     
  • Avoiding liquid calories-sodas, sweetened drinks; even limit fruit juice to one-half cup a day.
     
  • Eliminating or minimizing high-calorie, low-nutrition foods such as those commercially packaged and processed.
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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, July/August 2008. Copyright © 2009 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.


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