The American Heart Association created their weight loss book, The No Fad Diet, in an attempt to help dieters who may be confused by the range of diet plans that are available. The book provides simple quizzes that can help dieters work out what is the most suitable plan for them. Basically this is a conventional low calorie and low fat diet that is promoted as a heart healthy plan and a way to lose weight gradually.
Vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. Fish is recommended at least twice a week as research indicates that this may reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.
1 cup sliced strawberries with 1 teaspoon sugar
2 slices whole-wheat toast with 2 teaspoons light margarine
6 oz fat-free, sugar-free yogurt
4 reduced fat vanilla wafer cookies
1 whole wheat English muffin and 1 oz low-fat cheese
½ cup baby carrots
½ cup light ice cream
Pork Tenderloin (3 oz) with cranberry salsa
1 medium baked sweet potato with 2 teaspoons light margarine
½ cup green beans cooked in 1 teaspoon olive oil
At least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity are recommended on most days such as these resistance training exercises.
The No Fad Diet retails for $24.95.
While The No Fad Diet may produce weight loss simply due to the calories in, calories out equation, dieters who are interested in reducing their risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses are advised to do their own research into the factors involved in these conditions. The AHA advises dieters to avoid trans fats, which are strongly implicated in heart disease, however they include items in their meal plans that contain these fats such as margarine, wafer cookies, and donuts.
Low fat diets may work for a small group of dieters but experience has shown that many dieters have difficulty with appetite control on these plans and if the diet cannot be sustained then weight is regained easily.