The step I DIET

To reduce the risk of heart disease in patients without demonstrated disease, the American Heart Association recommends what they refer to as the Step I Diet.

THE STEP I DIET CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING: RECOMMENDATIONS:

  1. TOTAL FAT INTAKE: It is recommended that the calories obtained from fat should be no more than 30% of total calories.
  2. SATURATED FAT: Calories from saturated fat (sat fat) should be limited to 8-10% of total calories.
  3. POLYUNSATURATED FAT: Calories from Polyunsaturated fat can account for up to 10% of total calories.
  4. MONOUNSATURATED FAT: Calories from monounsaturated fat can be up to 15% of total calories.
  5. CARBOHYDRATES: Calories from carbohydrates should be 55% or more of total calories.
  6. PROTEIN: Calories from protein should be approximately 15% of total calories.
  7. CHOLESTEROL: Cholesterol intake should be limited to 300 mg per day.
  8. TOTAL CALORIES: Total calories should be the number of calories that would allow you to achieve and maintain a desired weight.

The following chart will allow you to estimate fat intake at selected levels of total calorie intake according to the Step I Diet:

TOTAL CALORIES TOTAL FAT (grams) SATURATED FAT (gm)
1200 40 or less 11-13
1500 50 or less 13-17
1800 60 or less 16-20
2000 67 or less 18-22
2200 73 or less 20-24
2500 83 or less 22-28
3000 100 or less 27-33

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