Low Fat High Carb diet effects on my Cholesterol
If you missed it, I just posted the results that 6 months of Low Carb High Fat had on my cholesterol numbers. I knew that these results would be shocking to all, regardless of whether or not you believe that high cholesterol causes heart disease.
I have no problem with people debating, in a healthy manner, whether these results are good or bad. I enjoy a good debate. I love it when people provide “evidence” for their views on what constitutes a “healthy” diet, and I especially appreciate the book recommendations. I don’t have a problem with people telling me that I am crazy to eat a high fat diet, ESPECIALLY with the cholesterol numbers I have.
What I do have a problem with is people blatantly (or subtly) calling me a liar as @MacSmiley & @CarbSane felt the need to do so.
Contrary to what anyone may think, I did not read just one book, then make a decision of this magnitude. The decision to go LCFH was a very difficult on as I, like most of you, have always been told that high cholesterol was bad, fat is bad, low fat is good… blah, blah, blah. I don’t claim to have all the answers (especially with regards to diet), and I damn sure don’t claim to be any kind of authority on the subject. What I do know is that just because the masses believe something is true, doesn’t make it so. It wasn’t long ago that the vast majority of people believed that women were inferior to men or that slavery was OK. Turns out everyone that believe that was wrong. I also know, without a shadow of a doubt, that what I “know” today will probably change in the future. I know this, because what I believed when I was 20, is different that what I believe today.
So, I took a look back at my food logs. I went all the way back to the beginning of this journey. I wanted to ensure that my memory wasn’t providing me with a revisionist type of history. I was shocked by the numbers!
My Cholesterol History
I used to be FAT and I’ve had high cholesterol since my early 30’s. Back then – I literally LIVED ON Big Macs, Whoppers, French Fries and Soda. I used to jokingly say, to my then wife, “what’s all this green crap doing on my plate?” We used to eat out – A LOT! I don’t remember all my cholesterol numbers, but I do remember my Total Cholesterol was 320 and my LDL’s were double what they should be and my HDL was 1/2 what it should be.
After about 7 more years of following my unhealthy fast food, meat and potatoes, no vegetables (unless they were smothered in cheese or ranch dressing) diet, I was fat and mildly depressed. The one day it dawned on my that I was definitely headed down the road of being the 3rd generation of men in my family to suffer a heart attack in my 40’s. I decided to get healthy and lose the weight.
The “Healthy” diet
So, I changed my diet from Big Macs to Subway Sandwiches (when I ate out). I cooked at home more. I bought Whole Wheat Bread, Whole Grain Pasta. I added salads and fruits to my meals. I ate power bars during exercise. I bought Low Fat Yogurt and ate Granola. I bought Skim Milk. I bought Cherrios instead of sugary cereals. I cut sugar out. I COMPLETELY CHANGED MY DIET and I lost weight (see home page image of my blog).
The FOOD logs – Numbers don’t lie
Here are my food logs from back at the very beginning of this journey. You can see, I was right in line with what our government (and the masses) believe is a “healthy” diet.
There are some days that I was high in some areas and yes my sodium, as a whole, was a touch high (on average). My cholesterol intake was SUBSTANTIALLY below the recommended values, and my sugar was WAY low. As time went on, I was even better about choosing the “right” foods. I ate low fat, high carb well rounded meals from the get go, and I ate this way for 2 1/2 years. You know what happened to my cholesterol numbers?
NOTHING! THEY STAYED EXACTLY THE SAME!
I had lost the weight, I had eaten what the doctor said, I had followed the guidelines, and according to the “experts” out there, I was still at a high risk for Heart Disease.
So today, I eat Low Carb High Fat diet. I did this for 6 months, and to me, the results are nothing short of amazing. Not only do I feel better, have more energy, think more clearly and have other benefits since changing to an LCHF diet, I also think my new cholesterol numbers reflect a diminished risk for Heart Disease as from information I’ve read (that quoted studies and I verified whenever possible, the Triglyceride to HDL ratio is a much greater predictor of Heart Disease than total cholesterol or LDL levels). I can’t wait to get my heart scan, because I believe that is the true test of my risk for developing heart disease.
Debate on, but please @CarbSane & @MacSmiley, don’t call me a liar again. I pride myself on my honesty and my integrity and I take it very personal when people question those. I am not benefiting from posting the results of my experiment on MY BODY, and my only reason for sharing is to provide information for anyone else considering challenging the status quo.
In my personal case, and from what I understand, LCFH appears to be lowering my risk for Heart Disease.