It has been widely known for many years now that heart disease is the number one killer of people in America. Over 600,000 people die every year in the United States as a result of heart disease. To say that heart disease is an epidemic would be an understatement. If you’re unfamiliar with heart disease, it is a blanket term that refers to any of the following conditions affecting the heart:
- Heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Myocardial infarction
- Atrial fibrillation
- Ventricular fibrillation
Caloric Intake and Heart Disease
While some people are genetically pre-disposed to heart disease, most people develop some form of heart disease due to lifestyle choices. This includes lack of exercise, smoking, drinking, and poor eating habits.
Physicians recommend making major lifestyle changes if you want to avoid developing heart disease. That includes daily exercise, eliminating bad habits like smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight. A recent study published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal showed that maintaining a healthy weight may actually be the most effective way to prevent heart disease. This is because individuals at a healthy weight usually (not always) tend to have a healthier diet.
In fact, this study concluded that reducing your overall daily caloric intake can significantly decrease your likelihood of developing heart disease. Actually, it turns out there is a specific amount you can reduce your caloric intake by to lower your risk of heart disease. Dr. William Kraus, the lead author of the study, says that 300 seems to be the magic number. Removing just 300 calories from your diet is likely to create a caloric deficit, which equals weight loss. Weight loss, in turn, is associated with heart health. That means knocking around 300 calories off your daily caloric intake can lead to a healthy weight and decreased likelihood of developing heart disease.
How To Cut 300 Calories
So how can you take 300 calories out of your daily consumption? It’s easier thank you think! Odds are, you’re consuming an extra 300 calories a day with totally unnecessary things. For example, a tall Frappuccino at Starbucks is usually 300 to 400 calories. The average candy bar is around 250 to 300 calories. Two servings of a soft drink equals about 300 calories. Eliminating any one of these things from your daily diet automatically reduces the daily caloric total by 300.
You can also erase 300 calories from your daily intake by making some healthy food swaps. Instead of regular yogurt, opt for sugar-free yogurt. Instead of whole milk, choose skim milk. Choose Italian dressing for your salad instead of ranch dressing. Order a regular hamburger instead of a cheeseburger. Cutting calories throughout the day will actually add to a deficit of 300 or more calories in the end, which will put you on the fast track to heart health!