Best Heart-Healthy Diets

Being overweight is just one factor that puts people at risk for heart disease and stroke. A heart-healthy diet can help you lose weight or lower cholesterol, blood pressure or triglycerides. According to experts who rated the 32 diets below, the Ornish Diet is the most heart-healthy.


Biggest Loser Diet

(3.5 out of 5.0)

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The Biggest Loser diet scored above average in the heart category. It mirrors the medical community’s consensus about what makes a heart-healthy plan. It’s heavy on fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains, and light on saturated fat and added sugar. And exercise is integral to the program, not an add-on.

How the Biggest Loser Diet works



(3.5 out of 5.0)

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Research indicates Volumetrics can improve cardiovascular health, and the diet reflects the essence of a heart-healthy approach to eating: It’s heavy on fruits, veggies, and whole grains, and light on saturated fat and salt.

How the Volumetrics Diet works


Weight Watchers

(3.4 out of 5.0)

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Weight Watchers is a healthy diet for the heart, according to experts, but it’s not as strong in this area as it is for weight loss. Some evidence suggests it helps lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, potentially warding off heart problems. And weight loss can help prevent heart disease.

How the Weight Watchers Diet works


Eco-Atkins Diet

(3.3 out of 5.0)

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Eco-Atkins performed moderately well when experts evaluated it as a diet for the heart. Research supports their view. One study, for example, found that those who followed the diet had a 23 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who opted for a low-carb diet heavy on meat.

How the Eco-Atkins Diet works


Traditional Asian Diet

(3.3 out of 5.0)

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The Asian diet received a moderate 3 out of 5 stars. Little research connects it to cardiovascular benefits but on the plus side, the eating pattern is low in saturated fat and high in fiber from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and rice.

How the Traditional Asian Diet works


Flat Belly Diet

(3.2 out of 5.0)

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The Flat Belly diet is a moderately effective choice for managing or preventing heart disease, our experts concluded. The plan emphasizes monounsaturated fatty acids, which research suggests are good for the heart. Plus, dieters could benefit if Flat Belly delivers on its promise to whittle down belly fat—a risk factor for heart disease.

How the Flat Belly Diet works


Jenny Craig

(3.2 out of 5.0)

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Experts weren’t impressed by research suggesting that Jenny Craig might improve blood pressure, and deemed it only moderately effective for preventing or reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, Jenny has been found to deliver weight loss, and that could lead to improved heart health.

How the Jenny Craig Diet works


Macrobiotic Diet

(3.2 out of 5.0)

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The macrobiotic approach received modest ratings as a heart program. Some research suggests positive effects on levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, but panelists were not persuaded.

How the Macrobiotic Diet works


Spark Solution Diet

(3.1 out of 5.0)

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The Spark Solution landed in the middle of the pack in terms of its ability to prevent and control heart disease. While panelists weren’t blown away by its heart healthiness, they did dole out high scores for the Spark Solution’s likelihood to help dieters shed pounds, and weight management is key for the ticker.

How the Spark Solution Diet works


South Beach Diet

(2.9 out of 5.0)

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Although it was designed as a heart-healthy diet to reduce levels of fat in the blood, South Beach didn’t make the grade with our experts. But just losing weight helps ward off chronic diseases, including heart problems—so South Beach could have a positive effect.

How the South Beach Diet works

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