The Atlantic Diet can shrink belly fat and lower cholesterol

Participants who followed the ‘Atlantic’ diet for six months lowered their risk of developing metabolic syndrome compared to those who ate a normal diet, according to a new study published February 7 in JAMA network opened.

Metabolic syndrome is the term for a group of health factors, including increased waist circumference, elevated triglyceride levels, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

The positive impact of the Atlantic diet on factors like cholesterol and belly fat found in this study would be expected, says Katherine Patton, RD, who works at the Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease & Surgery Institute and was not involved in the study used to be. “The Atlantic diet is very similar to the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome,” she says. Metabolic syndrome is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, she adds.

It is estimated that people with metabolic syndrome have a 50 to 60 percent higher risk of heart disease than people without it.

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