Wednesday, November 07, 2007

High-Fat Diet Increases Risk of Heart Disease

Isn't it obvious? Do we need a research to tell us?

But not so. A few years ago, the low-carb, high-protein and high-fat Atkins Diet was in a full-blown fad.

People would get on any diet that promises them quick weight-loss in a month. They don't care about the long term adherence and health risks.

I've seen people eating double cheeseburger without the bread on supersized diet coke, 5 to 6 meals a day! What gives?

According to a recent research study at the University of Maryland, the high-fat Atkins Diet increased the study subjects' LDL cholesterol (the bad one) level and brought on symptoms of artery hardening - early signs of strokes or heart attacks.

The research also compared with two other diets, South Beach and Ornish, which both showed improvement in cholesterol and little change on artery condition.

The South Beach program allows a wide variety of foods and keeps fat at about 30 percent of total calories. The Ornish plan encourages a vegetarian-type diet, with 10 percent of calories from fat.

Regardless of the diet you're on, make sure it's a regiment that is healthy for you and you can stay on in the long run.

USDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publish a food and nutrition guideline called The Food Pyramid. In the MyPyramid Plan, you can adjust the daily choices from each food group to meet your calorie needs. Visit www.MyPyramid.for details.

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