When You Need to Lose Weight for Your Heart


It’s time to show your heart some love. When your doctor says you need to lose weight for the sake of your heart, start with a plan.

healthyeatingSet realistic goals. Come up with an eating plan that works for you and one that you can stick to.

Use these 10 tips to help you stay motivated.

1. Put your motivation in writing. Keep in mind why you want to lose weight. Note the difference it will make to your heart, the rest of your body, and your mood. Keep it handy, so you can read it when you need inspiration.

2. Believe in yourself. Expect to be successful. A good attitude toward weight loss and good health is key. If things get tough, reach out to a dieting buddy or a sympathetic friend or family member for encouragement.

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Vitamin Quiz

vitaminquizHow strong is your vitamin knowledge?

True or False: Vitamin C can ward off a cold.

  • The answer is False.

When researchers reviewed more than a decade’s worth of findings, they found that megadoses of Vitamin C don’t prevent colds for most people. Some studies suggest that it might help you get over the symptoms faster, but it won’t make them less severe.

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Eating More Fiber May Help You Lose Weight

highfiberA simple high-fiber diet can provide health benefits while being easier to stick with than a diet calling for multiple changes in eating habits, a new clinical trial concludes.

People who only added more fiber to their otherwise normal diet were able to lose weight, lower their blood pressure and reduce blood sugar levels -- all key to staving off diabetes and improving overall health.

They didn't lose quite as much weight as people following a more complex lifestyle diet recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). But the study authors contend that their findings are encouraging for those daunted by complicated guidelines.

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How Fiber Protects Your Heart

fiberkitchenLisa Cimperman has a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease, so she knew she had to watch what she ate. But a few years ago she decided to take things a step further, when a routine test revealed that her cholesterol had crept up to 210 -- borderline high for a woman in her 30s who is otherwise pretty healthy. 

Cimperman, a clinical dietician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, replaced nearly all of the lean meat in her diet with fiber-rich beans, chickpeas, lentils, and legumes.

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