Ever heard a greasy burger-and-fries meal referred to as a "heart attack on a plate?" Though a single high-fat meal probably won't immediately
send you to the ER with a heart attack, your diet clearly has a major impact on your cardiovascular health.
If you've been diagnosed with heart disease (or know you're at risk of developing it), it's smart to be mindful of the foods you eat.
More specifically, it's smart to be mindful of how much you eat. Of all the recommendations for a heart-healthy diet
the one that may make the most impact is keeping your portions under control.
While other diet tips—such as consuming more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats
In fact, when the American Heart Association released its 2021 guidelines for improving cardiovascular health, its first dietary recommendation had to do with adjusting caloric intake.
In their words, to promote cardiometabolic health, people should "adjust energy intake and expenditure to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
Controlling the portions of food you eat at meals and snacks is a surefire path toward keeping your weight in a healthy range.
You may wonder what the big deal is about eating moderate portions and watching the number on the scale.