Stay Well Secrets: Cardiologists Share Their Best Heart Health Tips

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, but 90 percent of cases are preventable. Follow these expert tips to lower your risk (15 Photos)

Laura Flynn McCarthy on Feb 4, 2014 at 6:44PM

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Stay Well Secrets: Cardiologists Share Their Best Heart Health Tips

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Stay Well Secret: Shrink Your Dinner Plate or Bowl

Two out of three American women over age 20 are overweight or obese, a major reason that heart disease and diabetes in women are on the rise. Using smaller plates can help you control portion sizes. “The problem with the American diet is not so much what we eat but how much,” says Foody. “Most people would be better off using a salad plate for dinner.” Bigger plate and bowl sizes today mean that often people don’t realize how much they’re eating. In studies at Cornell University, people who were given big bowls served themselves about one-third more ice cream than people given smaller bowls. So start downsizing your dishes.

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