A Consistent Diet Is Key to a Healthy Heart
Your heart suffers when you go from a healthy diet back to old bad habits. Sixty middle-aged, obese adults without diabetes followed one of two heart-healthy eating plans: the Mediterranean diet or the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. Their blood pressure, cholesterol, and body fat—critical indicators of heart health—dropped notably in just five to six weeks. But then they went back to unrestricted eating for four weeks, and their numbers returned to unhealthy territory. Fortunately, once they restarted a nutritious diet, their health improved again. The takeaway: If you stray from eating well, as many do, don’t give up. The benefits will return when you resume your healthy ways.
Source: Nutrients, Nov. 10, 2018