Arnold Schwarzenegger Unveils the “Two-Serving Challenge” to Avoid Cardiovascular Issues: “18 Percent Reduced Risk”

Published 02/11/2024, 7:05 AM EST

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is always ready to help out his followers by presenting proven research and then suggesting food based on the results. This time, the seven-time Mr. Olympia has focused on the necessity of fruits and how one can better their health by focusing on two servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

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The former bodybuilder who had undergone three heart surgeries knows the significance of employing such a diet early on. He pointed out how these fruit and vegetable servings would add to better cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of heart attacks.

Arnie recommends mixing fruits and veggies with your favorite meals

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In the latest edition of the Arnold’s Pump, Schwarzenegger revealed how as per quite a few studies, eating five servings of fruits and vegetables will provide maximum health benefits as well as shield the heart better. “Eating two servings (technically, it’s 2.5 servings) was associated with a 6 percent reduced risk of heart disease, an 18 percent reduced risk of stroke, and a 13 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease,” he wrote.

However, the bodybuilder did not forget how many do not like eating fruits and vegetables. For those, Schwarzenegger suggested how one should start with easier variations so as not to get overwhelmed right in the beginning. “If veggies or fruits are a struggle, find easy ways to mix the foods into meals you love or foods that make it easier to dilute the taste. You can add vegetables to your favorite sandwich, brew them into a soup, or blend them into a smoothie.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger sure does know the necessity of keeping one’s heart healthy because of the pain he had to go through for his heart surgeries. Earlier, the bodybuilder had confessed how his surgeries had affected him.

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In an interview, when Schwarzenegger was asked whether he could still lift as much as he did while in competitive bodybuilding, the former Mr. Olympia replied in the negative. In addition to saying how he has to do lighter weights but intense sessions, he also revealed something else. “I don’t drink heavy anymore, too many heart surgeries,” the Austrian Oak exclaimed.

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While many fitness influencers have talked about the necessity of adding vegetables and fruits to one’s diet Arnie has gone a step ahead by showcasing how it can help people maintain a healthy heart as well. And coming from a man who has widely spoken about the effect that the surgeries had on him, it will do one a lot of good to listen.

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Pritha Halder

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Pritha Halder is a bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. Specializing in covering the off-court life of bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, she can often be seen scrounging Kali Muscle’s Instagram feed to find the new fruitarian diet the fitness influencer is on. Having completed her Bachelor's in English Language and Literature from a multidisciplinary university, Pritha started her career as a writer for a literary magazine, before delving into the world of fitness.
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