By Laurence Sperling, MD
Even after decades of unhealthy habits, the human body has an incredible ability to heal.
What has been your vice? Have been you a couch potato? Have you been overeating? Drinking too much? Smoking?
More than half of all Americans are seriously overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 50 million smoke. So you are hardly alone.
Making healthy changes in diet and exercise can help ward off many future ills.
And, here’s one main reason why you should: Heart Disease.
A proper diet is one of the best ways to combat the No. 1 killer. Changing unhealthy eating habits and maintaining good ones greatly reduces your risk.
Yet, if you need to lose weight, you may be confused by all the hype about the best diets. There are simply too many. First, high-carbohydrate and low-fat diets were touted as the best for health and weight loss – but, more recently, low-carb diets have been making news.
Both sides in the low-carb and low-fat debate have some good points. Yet, not all carbohydrates and not all fats are the same; some are good for you, some aren’t. Some increase your risk for obesity and heart disease.
An ideal diet includes mono- and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, soy and fish. Not only can these fats help keep your appetite under control, they can lower LDL, a.k.a. “bad cholesterol.” Saturated fats (found in fatty meats and dairy products), however, raise the risk of blockages in your blood vessels and can lead to heart disease.
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