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Hi Rose,welcome to the team
I'm cross-posting this reply that I made directly on SHORTCUT's page:
The results for women and men regarding cholesterol and heart disease are VERY different. It should come as no surprise that, even after all these years, there's a tendency in medicine to try and treat female patients the same way they that they treat male patients. But, just as our normal overall bodyfat percentage MUST be higher than a man's to be healthy, our cholesterol levels should be as well.
Here's a link to a summary article:
and more importantly, look at this conclusion from an article referenced on PubMed:
CONCLUSION: Our study provides an updated epidemiological indication of possible errors in the CVD risk algorithms of many clinical guidelines. If our findings are generalizable, clinical and public health recommendations regarding the 'dangers' of cholesterol should be revised. This is especially true for women, for whom moderately elevated cholesterol (by current standards) may prove to be not only harmless but even beneficial.
Here's a link to that article as well.
Low carb DOES, however, lower one of the truly critical risk markers for heart disease, namely, triglycerides. Triglycerides are made from dietary sugar and starch, NOT from dietary fat.
I hope you're getting the general idea from my long-winded comment here that low-carb is NOT a weight loss plan. It is a healthy eating plan with weight loss as a side effect.
Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 3/27/2013 (09:44)
"If you get, give. If you learn, teach."
Hi exotec - in response to your note about eggs, that they are not bad for you like they used to think. What about with high cholestrol? I am really bummed out that my dr. wants to put me back on cholestrol meds, after dealing with a year long battle with the muscle results of a statin drug. I cannot/will not take those again, but all the others have crazy side effects too. I love eggs, they are healthy and cheap - but don't they still contribute to high cholestrol? Does anyone out there have issues with taking these meds? and what do is the answer??
I can't do a lot of fats due to slightly cholesterel. So maybe a low carb diet isn't the best plan for me.
Thank you for the well thought out and helpful reply.
Also keep in mind that any hormone therapy you may be on will probably create appetite/hunger.
Eat more fat! (the good sorts) And don't be afraid of eggs; recent studies don't support the old theories. Eggs are good for you. The WHOLE thing - not just the whites!
Hang in there. You can do it!
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
Hi and welcome, Rose!
Hunger and low carb don't usually go together unless you're also trying to do low fat or very low calorie.
Remember, low carb does not equal high protein, it actually equals high fat. If you're not getting your energy from sugar and starch you need to get it from fat instead.
One bit of advice you'll see on this team pretty often also is to pick an established low carb plan. There are plenty of plans to choose from. If you're a bit leery about too much fat you might like South Beach. There's a very good overview of a number of plans here:
"If you get, give. If you learn, teach."
Hi Rose, welcome! I am like you - i've lost about 13 lbs. and am stuck, and getting discouraged. This is a good place to chat and learn from others, and ask questions whenever you want to. It's a good group.
I have high cholestrol, and guess i have been eating too many eggs. I thought even losing 13 lbs. would have gotten my numbers down, but not the case. I'm going to have to get on a med and I do NOT want to do that. I was on a statin drug and had all the muscle issues, so not sure what to do. I also think the older we get the harder it is to lose. I did better losing last time I did this a few years ago ------ and hate being stuck. I need to get on this site more and get more encouragement. Glad you are here!!!
My name is Rose. I lost 20 lbs but then hit a plateau. I still need to lose 15 more pounds. But I've been stuck at my current weight for 6 months. I started low carbs last week and lost 1 pound but am hungry all the time. I exercise an hour each day. I have high blood pressure so am on meds for that plus am on Estrodial. I'm turning 55 Friday.
I want to shed 12 pounds before June 10th - vacation.
Any help, friendships etc are greatly appreciated!
Have a wonderful day everyone!