Low Calorie Meals For Heart Patients


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Heart disease is a health condition that occurs when blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart become blocked. If you have heart disease, it means that your heart has been damaged by too much fat and cholesterol building up in your arteries. Over time, this can cause serious problems with your heart, such as chest pain (angina), shortness of breath or trouble breathing, pain in your shoulders and neck, fatigue, and swelling in one or both legs. Risk factors for heart disease include diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), smoking and second-hand smoke exposure, physical inactivity, obesity, family history of premature coronary artery disease (CAD) (heart attack before age 55 for men; 65 for women), and being of African American or Native American ethnicity.

Heart disease can be prevented by eating low calorie meals, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, not smoking, and limiting your alcohol intake.

Some low calorie meals

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Here are some low calorie meals that are good for heart patients:

White Bean Tomato Soup

Vegetable Omelet With Cheese And Onion

Portabella Mushroom Burger On A Bed Of Greens

Tofu Stir Fry

Broccoli And Shrimp In Garlic Sauce

Pasta With Ragu Light Pesto Sauce

Meals to avoid

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Foods to avoid when you have heart disease include red meat, butter, fried food, processed meats, high-fat dairy products, sugar and sugary beverages, refined grains, highly processed foods.

Meals to include

Eating a healthy diet includes eating lots of fruit and vegetables while avoiding saturated fats, added sugars, salt (sodium), and trans fats. Foods to include when you have heart disease are fish, nuts, beans, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, olive oil, vegetable oils (like canola), poultry without skin, low-fat dairy products.

Know your goals

If your goal is to lose weight, you should create an energy deficit of 500 to 1,000 calories per day. This can be done by eating 100 to 200 fewer calories each day, exercising more, or a combination of both.

If your goal is to gain weight, you should increase your calorie intake by 500 to 1,000 calories per day.

Tips to cook low calorie meals

Here are some tips on how to cook healthy meals with less fat and sugar in them :

Use olive oil instead of butter or stick margarine

Make veggies fill up half your plate at every meal

Broccoli And Shrimp In Garlic Sauce

Portabella Mushroom Burger On A Bed Of Greens

Make meals with lots of veggies and whole grains (e.g., brown rice)

White Bean Tomato Soup

Vegetable Omelet With Cheese And Onion

Limit processed foods like frozen dinners and fast food

If you want dessert, make something yourself (e.g., fruit salad) rather than buying sweets at the store that are high in sugar and fat.

Conclusion

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America. Low calorie meals can help reduce your risk for heart disease by lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and other health risks.

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