When my doctor wanted to put me on meds, I asked for some more time, so she gave me a month. I'm 61 and my weight & cholesterol problems started with menopause at age 50. During that month, I read up on ways to lower my cholesterol naturally and then experimented on myself.
I replaced my starches with steel cut oatmeal, ate a lot of non starchy veggies, no red meat, some fish and chicken. My cholesterol was at 264, and fell to 221. My doctor was very impressed with my effort, so she didn't insist that I take meds.
Since then, I've dropped 30 lbs as well and still watch what I eat most of the time. It wasn't an overnight thing, but a long term project. At the moment I've been dealing with my Hubby's health problems, so my weight has been going up and down, but within a 5 lb range. I'm at the top of my range limit, but at least I'm managing. When he's back on track, I will get back to seriously working on losing the last bit of weight.
Not knowing you, I'd start with diet changes and see what effects it has on your cholesterol. Though I cut red meat out completely for my experiment, I am back to eating it because of my Hubby, but chicken is the main ingredient for most of my meals. I eat fish at least twice a week and the rest of my meals are a little beef, pork and sometimes lamb. I eat the oatmeal at breakfast and it is the main starch that I eat. I don't eat potatoes, bread of any kind, or noodles either, except on the occasional outing with Hubby. I have also cut way back on eating out because it's too hard to control the sodium (Hubby has high blood pressure), and because I'm a Foodaholic. I love to eat. Don't forget exercise. Exercising was the other big part of helping me get healthy.
I do add Flax seed, which I ground up fresh on a weekly basis, to my food, eat organic Greek Yogurt for my calcium, take Mega Red and a few other supplements on a daily basis.
Hope you find what works for you.
| current weight: 120.0