Lifetime Protection for Your Heart

The sad story I am about to tell should be as familiar as the back of your hand once you have read the rest of this book: An individual with metabolic vulnerability to weight gain eats the sugar-filled, nutrient-impoverished diet of the Western world. It doesn't make him feel great, but he assumes his various complaints are a natural part of getting older. Pounds begin to gather; then a few more, then a lot. Now he acquires the risk factors that set him apart from most people who don't have a weight problem. Yes, those risk factors. Let's hear them one last time:

Insulin levels that are far too high.

• Blood pressure that is rising, ever rising.

• Triglyceride levels that have gone absolutely ballistic.

• Total cholesterol that's through the roof.

Blood sugar that's gone straight up.

What's next? There's an excellent chance that he is heading for diabetes. He-or she-is far from happy now and grasps for one variation or another of the typical carbohydrate-saturated American diet. Along the way, he may even push his dietary fat down to where the government says it should be. Victory? Well, no. That achievement won't prevent an eventual visit to the cardiac ward of the local hospital. After all, dietary fat never was the primary source of the problem.

That snapshot of a life depicts the lifestyle of many people, but it need not be yours. You now have the tools to correct and control your vulnerabilities-the risk factors for heart disease. You'll know why these tools work once you've read this chapter. You're doing a heart health plan that is precisely tailored to the needs of a person who's susceptible to weight gain. Atkins is the deliverance from your susceptibility.

Lose 10 Pounds Naturally

Lose 10 Pounds Naturally

Studies show obesity may soon overtake tobacco as the leading cause of death in America. Are you ready to drop those extra pounds you've been carrying around? Awesome. Let's start off with a couple positive don't. You don't need to jump on a diet craze and you don't need to start exercising for hours each day.

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