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No-Fad Diet

Diet Origins

This diet was developed with a scientific basis by the American Heart Association with the input of experts in food and nutrition, physical activity, and behaviour modification.  

Diet Philosophy

This lifetime diet is all about achieving and maintaining a heatlthy heart and in doing so, other diet objectives fall into place: losing weight, lowering blood pressure, lowering blood sugar, and lowering cholesterol.  There are three critical components for success: 

  • Making good lifestyle choices
  • Eating quaility food
  • Engaging in physical activity

Diet Claims

This diet claims to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.  

Diet Structure

This diet relies on energy balance - calories in at least equals calorie out.  This diet plan suggests that the easiest way to keep calories in check without number crunching is to divide your plate into fourths reserving one section for proteins, one for grains/starches, and the remaining two for vegetables and fruits. 

Food Restrictions

This diet does not allow whole milk and whole milk products.  The diet also recommends limiting sodium, added sugars, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol rich foods.   Desserts are allowed, but restricted by sugar limitations.  It is suggested that women should not exceed 100 calories a day or 6 tsps. of sugar, and men should not exceed 150 calories a day or 9 tsps. of sugar. 


There are no recommended supplements.

Diet Testing

The American Heart Association developed the No-Fad Diet which is reflective of the opinion of health care professional hired by the American Heart Association

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