Fat Adapting in a Carb Loading World – Part 5

Yeah, I already know what you are thinking.

“…but Theresa, what about your cholesterol levels? Won’t they sky rocket? And then won’t I have to go on medication?”

Well, yes. Your cholesterol numbers will rise some. However, ‘cholesterol’ isn’t a bad word. In fact, your body needs cholesterol to function. It is true, that some are predisposed to high cholesterol numbers due to genetics. But most of us aren’t. And as long as the ratio between the good, the bad, and the triglycerides remains a healthy one, well, you are good to go!

Here is the skinny on cholesterol.

“You do need cholesterol.

This soft, waxy substance is found not only in your bloodstream, but also in every cell in your body, where it helps to produce cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps in the formation of your memories and is vital for neurological function.”

fat_cholesterol_truth

That comes directly from Dr. Joseph Mercola ( a 1976 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and a 1982 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine now Midwestern University) at Mercola.com. And I urge you to read that article. Another great source about regarding the truth about cholesterol comes from Dr. Eric C. Westman and Jimmy Moore, Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with my Numbers? If you ever questioned your cholesterol numbers and how your doctor is treating them, then I highly recommend this read.

HDL vs LDL

Dr. Mercola continues:

“I have seen a number of people with total cholesterol levels over 250 who actually were at low heart disease risk due to their HDL levels. Conversely, I have seen even more who had cholesterol levels under 200 that were at a very high risk of heart disease based on the following additional tests:

      HDL/Cholesterol ratio
      Triglyceride/HDL ratio

HDL percentage is a very potent heart disease risk factor. Just divide your HDL level by your cholesterol. That ratio should ideally be above 24 percent. You can also do the same thing with your triglycerides and HDL ratio. That ratio should be below 2.”

And Dr. Mercola quotes Dr. Ron Rosedale (the founder of the Rosedale Center, co-founder of the Colorado Center for Metabolic Medicine, Boulder, CO, and founder of the Carolina Center of Metabolic Medicine, Asheville, NC). here:

“First and foremost, cholesterol is a vital component of every cell membrane on Earth. In other words, there is no life on Earth that can live without cholesterol.That will automatically tell you that, in and of itself, it cannot be evil. In fact, it is one of our best friends. We would not be here without it. No wonder lowering cholesterol too much increases one’s risk of dying. Cholesterol is also a precursor to all of the steroid hormones. You cannot make estrogen, testosterone, cortisone, and a host of other vital hormones without cholesterol.”

So, yes. Your cholesterol numbers will rise a little. Mine did. But then they dropped again. Not as low as they were to begin with, but because my ratio is right and my triglycerides remain low, I’m still heart healthy.

The medical profession today is slow to jump on this bandwagon. Your doctor may not like the rise in your cholesterol despite the fact that you love how you feel on a LCHF (low carb high fat) diet. And this will take some getting used to. However, some are coming around. Take the cover of Time Magazine from 30 years ago to today. Clearly, the message is getting out.

Time Magazine Covers: 1984 and 2014

Time Magazine Covers: 1984 and 2014

But, (insert disclaimer here) I AM NOT A DOCTOR! And I am not YOUR doctor. So you need to make your own educated decision about your health and happiness. I’m just here to say, that if you feel you have tried everything out there…and I’m talking EVERYTHING…to lose some weight, get in better physical health, get stronger, look better, and/or have enough energy to make it through the day ( and then some)…maybe this is your solution.

Some other interesting facts about LCHF diets:

  • They have been used to treat Epilectic seizure patients, allowing them to come off seizure medications.
  • They have been found to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s and to increase brain function and lessen the symptoms associated with memory loss.
  • They have been found to actually LOWER cholesterol in high cholesterol patients.
  • Ketogenic diets have been associated shutting down the growth of cancers.

Coming up in Part 6, I’ll share with you a week in my life, how I eat, finding ketogenic recipes, along with meal ideas, and how I’m bringing it all to the dining room table of the rest of my family.

Go back to Part 4 of Fat Adapting in a Carb Loading World.

And now for my disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor. I am NOT a nutritionist. I am an athlete and a runner. And I like to look good and feel good. All of this information in these blog posts comes from my own personal experiences. It has worked for me. Consult your own physician before attempting any major life changes. Educate yourself first and foremost.

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2 Responses to Fat Adapting in a Carb Loading World – Part 5

  1. Jenn says:

    This is such a bone of contention in my house. Eggs are one of my go to proteins. My husband, who has recently been able to stop taking meds for his high blood pressure and cholesterol, freaks out if I eat them more than once or twice a week, and doesn’t like it when I make them for our son. We go back and forth over it, but he just can’t get over the whole “cholesterol = sad face” mentality. Oh well. More eggs for me and our boy!

    • Jonathan says:

      @Jenn You should have him check out Eating Academy website by Peter Attia. Theres a very good article on saturated fat and cholesterol with a great video explaining things.

      Also theres a several part series on cholesterol thats very detailed.

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