February is heart month. We’re often told that in order to keep our hearts healthy we should maintain a healthy weight. Many people try to do this by dieting, but do diets really make us healthier?
New research has emerged that meal replacement crash diets (typically consuming only 600 to 800 calories each day) can temporarily worsen heart function . This means that if you have heart problems, these diets could actually make your health worse instead of better. If you’re looking for a healthy way to lose weight, you may want to check out the National Heart, Lung, and Blood institute’s DASH diet. In January, U.S. News and World Report ranked the DASH diet as the best overall diet plan for the eighth year in a row . The DASH diet also claimed first place in the healthy eating and heart disease prevention categories.
If you feel like dieting, stop and ask yourself why you’re doing it. If you’re trying to get your heart in shape, you may want to rethink that overly restrictive diet.
 European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Crash diets can cause transient deterioration in heart function.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 February 2018. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180202123836.htm
 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2018, January 3). DASH ranked Best Diet Overall for eighth year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/2018/dash-ranked-best-diet-overall-eighth-year-row-us-news-and-world-report