The Dash Diet: Lose Weight and Improve Your Heart Health








dash-dietThe Dash Diet has been getting quite a lot of media attention recently as more and more people are becoming conscious over their heart health. Not only has it helped people lower their blood pressure and cholesterol levels naturally, but it is also enabling dieters to lose weight while learning to adapt a  lifestyle that promotes healthy eating habits.

The Dash Diet is built on the premise of it’s name as DASH stands for (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.) Hypertension is also used as a term to define what we know as high blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause an individual to be at risk for stroke, heart disease, and heart-attack.It is essential to take the necessary precautions to lower the risk for heart disease and to avoid being diagnosed with high blood pressure.

 

What the Dash Diet Consists of:

The Dash diet is a diet that does not deprive you of food or lower your calorie consumption too much. You take in 2000 calories a day by eating the right foods, and avoiding the wrong ones.

Making good food choices: One of the biggest things about diet these days is that once a person stops the diet they gain back weightDASH-DIET (1) and also lose all of the benefits they had when they were eating healthy. The Dash Diet is about eating for life. Consider it a lifestyle diet comprised of making good food choices, endulging in moderation, and reaping the benefits full-term.

Lowering the amount of fats consumed in diet: One of the main culprits of heart disease and high blood pressure is  the intake of too many bad fats and oils in your diet. The Dash diet focuses on choosing foods that are low in bad trans-fats and enriching your diet with foods such as nuts, green leafy vegetables, and legumes that have good fats and ultimate nutrients in them.

Focus on eating low-fat dairy products, fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, and whole grains: Based on the food pyramid there is a dash pyramid to which each food is broken down in a healthy portion and serving amount. These foods that are included in the Dash diet are those such as low fat yogurts, fruits and veggies, whole grains and fibers, and lean meats. You replace foods with little nutrients with ones that are packed with vitamins, fatty acids, and essentials.

Lowering salt intake from foods high in sodium and sweets: Salt and sodium consumption can cause high blood pressure. All sorts of foods that are processed or pre-packaged contain high amounts of sodium,. This heart health diet entails limiting sodium intake to 2000-3000 mg a day. In addition, dieters are encouraged to avoid foods that are high in sugar content or contain fructose syrup.

Blood pressure can be controlled with a healthy diet. When a person is considered to have high blood pressure or hypertension almost every case is caused by eating an unhealthy diet and being overweight. The Dash diet is the best of both worlds and offers candidates the opportunity to learn how to adjust their food choices and diet to reflect weight loss and improve overall heart health while lowering the risk for such health ails as stroke, heart attack, and other heart diseases.

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Written by Heidi Shepard

Heidi was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. At a very young age she discovered her passion for writing, and graduated in 1996 from Florida State University with a major in journalism and minor in Nursing. She is a licensed RN part-time and also works full-time writing for various local health journals and papers. She is a definite asset to Newhealthalert. Not only does her experience and passion show through her keen writing, but her expertise in the medical field enables her to capture the best news topics and subjects found in the health niche.

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