American Heart Association No-Fad Diet

no-fad dietThe American Heart Association (AHA) has been at the forefront in providing the public with vital information on how to take care of their heart, but did you know that they also have a sensible diet plan for people who are tired of the trendy, yo-yo diets? They call it the No-Fad Diet.

The gist

This diet program is more than just information on what to eat or what not to eat, but it aims to change your mindset when it comes to losing weight. AHA illustrates three circles, which they call the Circles of Success. Each circle contains a philosophy that when integrated, the three circles meet and the center of which is where you find success. The three Circles of Success are: Eat Well, Think Smart, and Move More.

In order to "think smart," all negative thoughts should be removed because it uses too much energy. These should be replaced with positive thoughts that are beneficial to your health. Also, you should identify habits that jeopardize your change in lifestyle and replace them with smarter, healthier alternatives.

Meanwhile, "eating well" starts with understanding your body. The AHA provides a calculator and BMI chart that helps you identify how much calories you should take in a day. You also need to reduce the amount of food you are eating, and at the same time keep a food journal to monitor what and how much you consume. Remember to keep all things in moderation and to eat from all four food groups each day (meat, produce, whole grains, and dairy). The weight loss plan also includes simple recipes that are both hearty and healthy like "Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Salsa."

Most importantly, you need to "move more" by incorporating more physical activities in your daily routine. You do not need to be taking strenuous exercises at the gym (although it can help you lose weight), but simpler yet physically-demanding activities like running with your dog, walking during lunch time, taking the stairs instead of the elevator among others can certainly keep your body active. Make sure that you do something you enjoy so that you are less likely to quit.

Pros and cons

The No-Fad Diet is backed up by a trusted institution, so you are absolutely assured of the right information about the eating well and staying active without restrictive diets and heavy-duty exercises. However, you need to shell out a few dollars to buy their book "American Hearth Association No-Fad Diet: A Personal Plan for Healthy Weight."

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