Top Weight Loss Diet Tips to Improve Heart Health
The incidence of obesity continues unabated at epidemic levels as people suffer from a wide array of degenerative diseases including heart disease, which kills more people than any other affliction. The US Department of Agriculture released data showing that Americans consumed 331 more calories a day in 2006 compared to 30 years ago. Those additional calories translate to an additional 2,317 added calories each week, which packs on roughly 34 more pounds of deadly body fat each year.
Excess Body Weight Directly Leads to Heart Disease
The risk of heart disease rises in direct proportion to weight gain. The results of a study in the European Heart Journal conclude that even moderate increases in weight are strongly associated with increased risk of coronary death and heart attack. In fact, a 5% increase in body weight is enough to tip the scales toward cardiovascular disease in large part due to the metabolic response of chemical messengers released by stored fat and lipid dysfunction.
The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself and reverse the negative effects of a lifetime of poor dietary habits, as any amount of weight loss will slowly bring about disease reversal and lower the risk of suffering a cardiac event. You can incorporate the following healthy tips into your lifestyle to assist weight loss and dramatically lower your risk of heart disease.
Tip 1: Increase Dietary Calcium to Boost Weight Loss Efforts
The results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that those individuals with the highest intake of calcium from dairy products experienced an average 12 pound weight loss over a two-year period. Study participants consumed 600 mg of calcium from dairy sources which is equivalent to a 12 ounce glass of milk.