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The Harvard Medical School 6-Week Plan for Healthy Eating

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"This simple plan delivers results you can see and feel in just 6 weeks!"

Tim Cole, Editorial Director, Harvard Health Publishing

Did you know about half of all Americans have at least one preventable chronic disease linked to unhealthy eating or a lack of physical activity? Or that more than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese?

In the moment, each food choice we make may seem harmless — a few cookies, a little extra gravy, a couple of glasses of wine — but those moments add up, and they can put you on the path to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.

To help you eat more healthfully, Harvard Medical School experts created the 6-Week Plan for Healthy Eating. This report distills the latest nutrition science into a clear picture of what healthy eating looks like and turns it into a simple-to-follow, week-by-week plan. 

  • Week 1 reveals the power of a food diary for setting achievable goals — and then reaching them.
  • Week 2 shows you how to boost your health with a better breakfast, and even shows you a trick for making morning exercise an easy habit.
  • Week 3 helps you serve up healthier lunches.
  • Week 4 brings you dinnertime makeovers — and lots of ways to outsmart your appetite when eating out.
  • Week 5 explains how to snack smarter.
  • Week 6 shows you how to make your new healthy eating habits a way of life.

In addition to the week-by-week plan, you’ll get 62 delicious meal ideas and recipes, lots of quick tips, and more. Plus, this report includes Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate, an easy and informative tool that helps you make healthful choices and eat a balanced diet. In fact, the dietary guidelines shown by the Plate have been proven to slash your overall risk of chronic diseases by up to 20%!

Free Tip from page 10: Is your belly too big? 

Did you know your waist circumference could be an important indicator of health? Excess visceral fat (the kind that collects in your abdomen, around your organs) increases your risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease.

Measuring your waistline is especially important as you get older. With age, you lose muscle mass. That means you could be putting on abdominal fat without gaining weight. How much belly fat is too much? In general, a waistline measurement of 35 inches or more for women, or 40 inches or more for men, is a sign of excess visceral fat.

For more tips like this, order your copy of Harvard’s 6-Week Plan for Healthy Eating today!