diet menusDiet Menus should begin by finding your “golden number”. Multiply your current weight by 15 (that’s roughly the number of calories needed per day to maintain your current weight, if you are moderately active). See calorie counter for an easy meal planner. In general, healthy diet menus should include only 25 to 30 percent of total calories from fats. Here you’ll find some of the most popular and effective weight loss diets on the net as well as an easy BMI calculator.

To be considered “moderately active”, you should be getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in the form of exercise (walking at a brisk pace, climbing stairs, or active, physical gardening).

Let’s say you’re a woman who is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, and you need to lose about 12 pounds to put you in a healthy weight range. If you multiply 150 by 15, you will get 2,250, which is the number of calories per day that you need in order to maintain your current weight (weight-maintenance calories). To lose weight, you will need diet menus below that total.

Heart disease is the nation’s top killer, claiming an estimated 700,000 lives annually. And 61.8 million people have some sort of cardiovascular trouble and 1.1 million suffer a heart attack each year, according to the AHA.

Regardless of your weight and other risk factors, people who are active versus people who are not have a tremendous advantage in terms of cardiovascular disease. There’s no pill that’s anywhere near as effective as exercise. The best exercise is the one that you will keep doing and, for most people, that is going to be walking. It’s easy, simple and you don’t need expensive equipment or club memberships.

Include raw vegetables and fruit in all diet menus. This, in turn, can offset the risk of sudden heart attacks, which have a greater chance of occurring when there’s a swift surge of fat in the blood. Follow high-salt foods with a glass of water, which will also help fill you up.

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