The American Heart Association provides many helpful tips to help decrease your chances of cardiovascular disease by becoming knowledgeable of what you put into your body.
1.) Use Up As Many Calories As You Take In: The American Heart Association states,
-Start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. Nutrition and calorie information on food labels is typically based on a 2,000 calorie diet. You may need fewer or more calories depending on several factors including age, gender, and level of physical activity.
-If you are trying not to gain weight, don’t eat more calories than you know you can burn up every day.
-Increase the amount and intensity of your physical activity to match the number of calories you take in.
-Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity or an equal combination of both each week.
2.) Eat A Variety of Foods From Numerous Food Groups: The American Heart Association also states, Eat an overall healthy dietary pattern that emphasizes: a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes, non-tropical vegetable oils. Also, avoid foods that contain saturated fats.
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