Heart Doc's Tips for a Healthy Ticker
South Beach Diet guru shares his secrets
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2009 11:56 AM CDT
Dark chocolate is OK in moderation, says South Beach Diet mastermind Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist.   (©jules:stonesoup)
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(Newser) – Arthur Agatston, the cardiologist who cooked up the South Beach Diet, takes no medications and embraces a philosophy of moderation—he's not starving himself or downing dozens of vitamins. He clues Prevention magazine in on his advice for keeping your heart in tip-top shape:

  • Eat four times a day: Three meals plus a snack—"a mozzarella stick, fruit, wasabi-coated soy nuts, other nuts, or a high-fiber bar"—but not much starch.

  • Sleep more: "I get at least 7 hours per night. I also believe in naps."
  • Get off the couch: Agatston hits his home gym, does Pilates, and plays golf and tennis. The 62-year-old will even "occasionally do a boxing workout."
  • Don't overdo the treats: The good doctor typically eats chocolate after lunch, but "I try to limit myself to that single daily indulgence."
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