The more you weigh, the harder your heart must work to carry and nourish the excess weight. Food provides the fuel (calories) your body needs for nourishment and the energy you need to function. If you eat more calories than your body needs, the excess is stored mainly as fat. Even if you take in just a few too many calories, this can lead to a gradual increase in weight over time. To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than you use.
Are you at risk for cardiovascular disease (coronary artery disease and stroke)?
Ways you can start to take charge of your life and aim for a healthy weight.
Tips to successfully manage your weight.
View the choices for this heart-healthy diet plan.
View a sample food diary and get resources to start your own.
Snacking is encouraged and will help you avoid excessive hunger and overeating at meal times.
How can you try to maintain your weight and heart-health during such a tempting time?
For more information on Nutrition and Weight Management.
Losing weight and lowering cholesterol is critical to a healthy heart. Support makes the difference, and we can help!
For more information on Nutrition and Weight Management
- Make an appointment with a Preventive Cardiology registered dietitian to create a nutrition plan at 216.444.9353, or, toll-free 800.223.2273, ext. 49353. Individual counseling and group weight loss programs are available. For online assistance in creating a weight loss plan, check out our MyConsult Nutrition Counseling Service.
- Weight Management group classes: Preventive Cardiology - 216.444.9353, or, toll-free 800.223.2273, ext. 49353 or Nutrition Services at 216.444.3046 or toll-free 800.223.2273, ext. 43046.
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