No-Fad Diet Concentrates on Calories

JUNE 16, 2005 -- South Beach, Atkins, the Zone are all current diet fads. Now the Amerian Heart Association is releasing a new diet idea they say is not just a fad.

"The American Heart Association and the no-fad diet really doesn't get preoccupied with carbohydrate protein fat glycemic index," says Dr. Robert Eckel.

The AHA has always promoted eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.

"Those types of dietary recommendations remain, but now we're concerned about calories. And to lose weight you really have to eat less than you burn," says Dr. Eckel.

The no-fad diet gives you three eating strategies to choose from to help you cut calories. A quick quiz helps determine which is the best plan for you depending on how you answer questions about how often you eat out and how many calories you are consuming.

"Based on the response to the questionnaire you might be targeted to a program where you switch and swap," says Dr. Eckel.

You can save up to 50 calories by not using margarine or butter on your bread and just putting jelly on your toast. Another strategy focuses on portion control. For people who need more structure there are 190 recipes and specific eating plans for two weeks.

"There's no forbidden food. This is not something one has to confess. All foods can be part of a healthy diet. It's really about what the overall diet looks like," says Dr. Eckel.

Courtesy of NBC Network