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Diet Talk from the Doc

by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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Women who ate lots of their carbohydrates from refined sugars and highly processed foods nearly doubled their risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Women who ate a low-carb diet but got their protein and fat from vegetable rather than animal sources cut their heart disease risk by 30% on average, compared with those who ate more animal fats.

Low-carb diet doesn’t raise heart risk
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Dr. Diet weighs in:

If you’re a consumer who just scans article headlines, this article would lead you to believe that a high fat diet is okay for your heart.

Reading the entire article though gives you more insight into the real take home message which is that diets high in refined carbs and processed foods are bad for you and it’s better for your heart to get your protein and fat from vegetable sources than from animal sources.

Another interesting point of this article is that in this study, the women were not dieting to lose weight; in fact they were slightly overweight to start and ended up gaining weight and increasing their body mass index by about 10%.

My conclusion when I read this article is that dieters should avoid the diet extremes of high carb or high fat diets.

Instead, I encourage you to balance your mix of nutrients by eating healthy carbs, healthy fats and lean protein.

The meal plans on diet.com will show you how to enjoy all foods in moderation. The goal is not to be perfect for each and every meal and snack you eat " this would be unrealistic and could set you up to fail.

Instead the goal is to shape your current diet into one that is healthier with a healthier mix of nutrients that will help you lose weight and still feel satisfied.

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