July 13, 2007
Earlier this year I started a low carb diet. Not the Atkins diet, though it certainly had an influence, but overall a lot less structured. While losing about 30 pounds after six months, some people close to me were very worried about what it would do to my choleterol levels. Conveniently, my doctor had taken me off Pravachol at the end of last year and scheduled a followup test this month. The test results are back and my cholesterol has fallen from 217 to 174. The best news here is that there is no reason to go back to Pravachol or any of the other cholesterol lowering drugs. I do have a rather nasty bruise where they took blood on Monday, but that's another story.
I offer no recommendations for everyone else, but eating a diet that keeps me around the walls of the grocery store, with the notable exception of the bakery, seems to have paid off, even though it admittedly costs a little more.
Mmm..., meat. Butter. Fresh Fuit. Cream. Fresh Vegetables. Cheese.
Posted by Charles Austin at July 13, 2007 09:10 PM
All I know is I was a lot skinnier when rice and spaghetti were treats instead of staples of every meal. Of course, getting older had a lot to do with it, but I think that getting away from the high-protein, low-carb (heavy on the meat and vegetables, light on the starches) meals of my youth helped a lot. I'm trying to change, but geez, meat is expensive.
Whole chicken fryers tend to be cost effective. My other favorite is sausages of all types on the grill -- bratwurst, applewurst, salsiccia, knockwurst.
Honestly, eating a high prtein, high fat diet and losing weight while concurrently lowering my cholesterol has me beginning to believe that almost everything we are told may not be true.
You're right Charles. I began trying the Atkins back in the mid 90's with great success. I tend to have way fewer cravings for the high carb dishes when I am higher in proteins and fats, and can easily lose 10-15 lbs. on a whim if I just become a little more strict. The only downside is that it works so well I get a bit out of control with my weight for periods of time, knowing that I can always lose it quickly.