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: Stretch Your Restaurant Order Further

Burning up the calories in today’s restaurant portions isn’t easy. For example, 20 years ago, a typical portion of spaghetti was 500 calories (one cup spaghetti with sauce and three small meatballs). Today a typical portion of the same meal is 1,025 calories (two cups pasta, sauce, and three large meatballs). That’s an extra 525 calories! To burn those extra calories from that one meal, you’d need to clean your house for two-and-a-half hours, according to The National Institutes of Health (NIH). Twenty years ago, a portion of fast food fries was 2.4 ounces and 210 calories; today’s typical portion size is 6.9 ounces and 610 calories. You’d have to walk for an hour and ten minutes to burn those extra 400 calories. To avoid piling on calories, eat half of what you’re served at a restaurant and save the rest for tomorrow’s lunch (or dinner). “The secret to maintaining heart health is consuming adequate portion sizes so that you’ll burn up the calories you consume,” says Foody.

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