Learning about new diets and their health implications may help you lead a healthier lifestyle. Remember, it’s always important to pay attention to what you are eating and to ask your doctor before starting any new diet to try and change your health.
What is the Heart Attack Proof Diet
Dr. Ozner is a gentleman who has been treating heart disease patients for nearly a quarter of a century during which time he developed this diet to cover a six week period and turn around the effects of heart disease. The diet uses blood sugar tests and practical exercise to manage your health along with new meal plans. The diet works off the premise of reducing inflammation through what you eat and don’t eat. Inflammation has been linked to heart disease in many studies.
How the Heart Attack Proof Diet Works
This diet is very similar to the Mediterranean diet and promotes a healthy mix of veggies, legumes, whole grains, fruits, poultry, nuts and seafood rich with Omega-3s along with red wine in small amounts. The ratio of plant foods must be much higher than poultry or seafood to get the right mix of antioxidants, vitamins and fibers for better health. You must avoid any trans fats and of course processed, refined sugar. Red meat is very restricted (no more than 5 ounces in a given week) because of the high levels of omega 6s in it as well as high saturated fats.
What Experts Say about the Heart Attack Proof Diet
Many agree that a primarily plant-based diet that has little to no processed sugars, fats and other processed foods is healthier than a traditionally American diet full of fats and high-fructose corn syrup. What the experts don’t necessarily agree on is how restricted the diet should be as well as how well people can follow a diet this restrictive. Many aren’t able to maintain a diet that doesn’t call for much by way of meat or allows you to have "meals of convenience." Because of this, most will fall off of the diet and end up binging on foods that aren’t healthy.
Pros and Cons to the Heart Attack Proof Diet
The pros of the diet is that you will see health benefits by reducing your intake of fatty and processed foods as well as lowering the amount of processed foods you eat. Adding the exercise that is part of the plan will also give you more health advantages.
The downside of the diet is that it is very restrictive and hard to follow for the majority of Americans. This makes it likely that people won’t stick to the diet plan for long and therefore end up eating foods that aren’t healthy for them.
Sample Heart Attack Proof Diet Meal Plan
To start your day you might enjoy a half-cup of low-fat yogurt and some blueberries along with whole wheat toast and a teaspoon of jam. You can also have 4 oz of veggie or fruit juice in addition to coffee or tea. Make sure to take in 8 ounces of water at every meal.
For lunch an apple with some honey is acceptable along with chickpea sandwich or hummus and vegetables. Again, make sure to have your glass of water or other non-calorie drink.
A dinner of fresh, mixed seafood along with linguine as a main course is a good start. Add to that some mozzarella or other cheese stuffed tomatoes and a fresh veggie drizzled with olive oil. A roasted garlic clove supersized and a whole wheat pita loaf can also be eaten. Dessert should be drunken apricots. Make sure to get your water and you can have some wine or red grape juice.
When you’re snacking you should have fruits, veggies or nuts and remember to have a glass of water with whatever you are enjoying.Last Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013