The Science Behind Our Lifestyle Program

A positive lifestyle, particularly having good eating habits and sufficient physical activity can greatly improve an individual's cardiovascular health.1

The Boston Heart Lifestyle Program engages and supports patients in long-lasting lifestyle change, improving patient health outcomes. The Program’s novel approach to patient wellness integrates original dietary studies by nutrition, weight loss and diabetes-reversal experts Dr. Michael Dansinger, MD; Ernst Schaefer, MD; and Joi Gleason, MS, RD, LDN with guidelines and the latest insights from recent research findings. Patients receive specific diet and activity considerations in their scientifically-designed Personalized Nutrition and Life Plan, and Boston Heart Coaches, all Registered Dietitians, help patients translate the science into practice in order to successfully manage and reverse their CVD risks.

Personalized Nutrition and Life Plan

The Personalized Nutrition and Lifestyle Plan is based on scientific insights, as well as national nutrition and activity guidelines and protocols. A landmark study comparing four of the most popular diets showed the most important factor in weight loss and lowering risk of heart disease is adherence.3

A later unpublished study using Boston Heart tests illustrated restricting carbohydrates had the biggest impact on raising levels of cardio-protective alpha-1 particles.2

Boston Heart Coaching

Studies have shown that advice given to patients over the phone by a Registered Dietitian can result in significant improvements in weight and cholesterol levels.4 Boston Heart Coaches are Registered Dietitians who, through 1:1 telephone sessions, guide patients with information from trusted research studies, not fads or personal bias.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 14 coaching sessions over 6 months to reduce heart disease risk.6 Boston Heart Coaches are available to patients for as long as they would like the support.

Journaling for Success

People typically underestimate their actual dietary calorie intake by approximately 20-30%.7 The Boston Heart Lifestyle Program provides patients with a journal to record their daily food intake and track toward their goals. Participants who kept a food journal as part of a nutrition intervention program lost double the weight compared to those who kept no record.5

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1. Angermayr L, Melchart D, Linde K. Multifactorial lifestyle interventions in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus–a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Ann Behav Med. August 2010;40(1):49–64.
2. Dansinger. Effectiveness of Popular Weight Loss Diets on HDL. Manuscript in Process.
3. Dansinger ML, Gleason JA, Griffith JL, Selker HP, Schaefer EJ. Comparison of the Atkins, Ornish, Weight Watchers, and Zone diets for weight loss and heart disease risk reduction: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2005;293:43–53.
4. Kris-Etherton PM, et al. High-soluble-fiber foods in conjunction with a telephone-based, personalized behavior change support service result in favorable changes in lipids and lifestyles after 7 weeks. J Am Diet Assoc. 2002;102(4):503-510.
5. Hollis JF, Gullion CM, Stevens VJ, et al. Weight loss during the intensive intervention phase of the weight-loss maintenance trial. Am J Prev Med. 2008;35(2):118-126.
6. 2013 ACC/AHA guideline on the treatment of blood cholesterol to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk in adults: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;63(25 pt B):2889-2934.
7. Trabulsi J, Schoeller DA. Evaluation of dietary assessment instruments against doubly labeled water, a biomarker of habitual energy intake. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2001;281(5):E891-E899.

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    • Personalization Drives Persistence
    • Personalization increases adherence. Adherence leads to improved health outcomes.
    • The personalization incorporated into every aspect of the Boston Heart Lifestyle Program increases the chance that patients will stick with the Program and achieve their desired weight loss and risk-reduction results.