- The Washington Times - Monday, June 13, 2005

DALLAS (AP) — The American Heart Association’s new diet book offers options for the weak. Can’t give up pizza? Try eating two slices instead of your regular three. Craving ice cream? Try a sorbet.

“The intent on doing this was to try to get around the faddish diets,” said Dr. Robert Eckel, president-elect of the AHA and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Although the heart association has published heart-healthy cookbooks before, last week, “No-Fad Diet: A Personal Plan for Healthy Weight Loss” released last week is its first all-out diet book with a variety of options.

With more than 190 recipes, it asks readers to take quizzes to figure out the best eating and exercising strategies.

Along with a full menu plan, the book also offers the more flexible “75 percent solution” and “the switch and swap approach.”

The first option calls for eating 75 percent of what you normally eat. The switch-and-swap offers lower-calorie alternatives. For instance, instead of a cinnamon roll, eating a cinnamon-raisin English muffin with 2 teaspoons of light tub margarine cuts 312 calories, according to the book.

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