An individual heart disease diet plan along with a specialist exercise program will not only help you blast away excess body fat but also increase your chances of long term survival as well as increasing your quality of life. There is loads of information about what a heart disease diet is, but for those who are recovering from heart surgery or heart attack it is an important part of taking back control and getting a good recovery.
The population in the UK has gradually been getting more overweight. In fact in the last ten years the number of overweight adults has doubled. Along with the rise of levels of fatness and obesity has been a rise in the number of adults having cardiac problems and indeed a frightening trend has been the reduction in the age of those suffering from their first cardiac event.
Having started a heart disease diet do you still need to lose weight? If so do you know how much weight or fatness you need to lose? One way to assess your excess body fat is to measure your waist circumference.
Be totally honest with yourself, no cheating. Firstly get a tape measure and find "true waist". This is the mid-point between the top of you hip bone and the lowest rib. If you are having difficulty finding the middle, gently lean over to one side and you should then be able to find the hip and rib bones. Having found the two points place the tape measure in the middle, it may not be over your tummy button. The tape measure needs to be next to the skin without you breathing in or holding your breath.
The recommended waist measurements for MEN
Normal range = 27 - 37 inches
Increased Health risk = 37- 40 inches
High Health Risk = 40 + inches
Recommended waist measurements for WOMEN
Normal range = 23.5 -31.5 inches
Increased Health Risk = 31.5 - 34.5 inches
High Health Risk = 34.5 + inches
Having a waist measurement which is higher than recommended carries an increased health risk related to coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. The reason for this is that any excess fat stored around the middle will not just be lying under the skin but will have started to go into the kidneys, liver, heart and intestines so affecting the functioning of these vital organs.
A heart disease diet needs to be an individual plan and appropriate for you and only you. We are all very different in age, weight, gender as well as having a wide variety of lifestyles, health issues, fitness levels, and previous experiences of trying to lose weight. Think of losing weight as a prescription. To get the results you want, YOU have to take the required steps in the right dose for the prescribed length of time. If you do not finish the course, or miss a dose you will not get the results you are after.
Research now shows that just a 10% reduction in your body weight can reduce your health risks and improve any current medical conditions considerably. Therefore to lose weight and be successful in maintaining that weight loss you need to find a heart disease diet plan which tackles your lifestyle habits and activity levels as well as giving you calorie and nutritional information.