The Heart Smart Diet

The heart smart diet or healthy heart diet categorizes food according to their effects to your heart. This program allows a dieter to lose weight and lowers the risk of having hypertension, heart diseases and type-2 diabetes.

With this program, whatever food plans you follow, the important thing is to lower your cholesterol intake and to maintain a low sodium diet. Dieters are recommended to limit their cholesterol intake to no more than 300 milligrams per day. Fat consumption must be limited to 30 % of the total calorie intake for the day. One of the easiest ways to lower cholesterol intake is by limiting the consumption of red meat. If you must eat meat, settle for fish and poultry. Try avoiding eating greasy foods and saturated fats and replace refined carbohydrates with whole grain foods. For the diet to become more effective eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise regularly.

The diet is an ideal program for everyone because it promotes good health. The diet has the following benefits:

  1. You don’t have to cut too much food from your diet; the program promotes eating the right kinds of food instead of lowering food intake to unreasonable quantity
  2. Food can be tasteful and enjoyable, and choices are varied
  3. It lowers your risk to getting heart diseases, hypertension, type-2 diabetes and may add years to your life.
  4. The diet is sustainable and often requires just replacing food items with lower cholesterol alternatives