People concerned about heart disease rightfully fret about their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels, but there's another overarching problem that could eclipse all those risk factors.
Obesity can boost your levels of bad cholesterol, raise your blood pressure and increase your chances of acquiring diabetes, Bufalino said. In other words, obesity ties directly into the three biggest risk factors for heart disease.
Eat more vegetables and fruits.
Select leaner cuts of meat, and try to eat fish more often.
Choose whole-grain breads and pastas over those made with white flour. The same goes for brown rice over white rice.
Cut out sugary soft drinks and fruit juices. Instead, drink water or diet beverages.