IMHO a calorie is a calorie according to a scientist, however the quality of the calories you consume is what you should worry about, as has been mentioned in previous posts.
I'm living proof that the best way to reduce your cholesterol is to take care of your liver and exercise. My liver was struggling with the average American diet. I had high cholesterol, fibromyalgia and had already had my gall bladder removed in my 20s.
I thought I was taking care of my health by counting calories and buying the "low calorie" foods. It wasn't until the doctor wanted to put me on cholesterol medicine that I took diet seriously. He gave me six months to get my cholesterol down with diet because my liver and kidney enzymes were elevated too. I found some information that linked fibromyalgia to liver function and consumption of artificial ingredients, so I thought I would give clean eating a try. My cholesterol dropped 58 points in 6 months and my liver and kidney enzymes returned to normal once I started avoiding high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. I have lost 40 pounds over the year, and I am still losing.
Clean eating is a good way to go for anyone who wants to reduce their serum cholesterol and improve their health. Get rid of the artificial stuff in your diet and replace it with real food. Your body will thank you!
"I want to know if you agree with my DR. He says a CALORIE is a CALORIE, it doesnt matter where it comes from..."
This statement is grossly inaccurate. Doctors aren't dietitians. Most have little to no schooling on the subject. I would find a professional credentialed in nutrition. Or a different doctor. Or both. You deserve quality care and adequate, accurate answers.
I love flaxseed, and Udo's oil ( a blend of omega 3, 6 and 9 oils), plus exercise for cholesterol control. I stay away from fish, because with the mercury, PCB's, dioxins, etc., you never really know what you're eating. Atlantic species are severely over-fished, to boot.
I am new here and find the website overwhelming. I know all I need is some time to explore. Anyhow, I am being tested for gallbladder problems and/or heart disease. Can anyone point me in the direction of a diet that would be good for both. I do well on a regiment rather than make up my own as I go. I am seeing a dietitian but the food guide isn't structured enough for me. Please help! Anyone?
Hello, I'm looking to lose weght and lower cholesterol to fend off fatty liver, due to cirrhosis. I started an exercise program and would like to modify my diet in addition to losing weight and exercising.
1/1/2008 11:12:36 AM
A Calorie is a Calorie, in terms of the energy it provides. You can eat 1000 C of a) veggies (and be really full) or b) 4 Snickers bars, and get the same energy from both. And probably lose weight. "Empty Calories" still provide energy, but they don't provide much in the way of what we consider to be nutritious components. Energy excess is what puts on pounds.
The nutrition content of the Calories is another issue. Obviously, both of the options above are incomplete. One is full of fiber and certain nutrients, but low in protein and fat. The other is high in fat, sugar, salt, etc., and is not good for you either.
It seems to me that you want to formulate a food program that has a high content of vitamins, minerals, balanced in fat, protein, carbs, that leaves you feeling satisfied, etc. , supports your own metabolic needs, and tastes good. If you can't do that in a number of calories that allows you to maintain your weight, you probably need to take some supplements.
12/3/2007 9:40:25 AM
Acccck! I rephrased a sentence and it came out opposite. Why can't I edit? Anyway...
"...two hundred calories of a candy bar is far better fuel than two hundred calories of vegetables.
should obviously be...
"...two hundred calories of vegetables is far better fuel than two hundred calories of candy bar."
12/3/2007 9:36:56 AM
I totally disagree with your doctor. I think people would do far better if they concentrated on eating as much whole, fresh, unprocessed foods as possible. Yes, you can overeat good foods but, think about it, two hundred calories of a candy bar is far better fuel than two hundred calories of vegetables. Your body will react differently to quality fuel than to crap. Which do you think will give you more energy, stronger muscles and bones, improved immunity, etc. - grilled chicken and veggies or a big slice of pie?
12/1/2007 5:33:51 PM
Diane, That is true as far as weight gain/weight loss is concerned. People gain weight by eating more calories than they burn. Eating a lower fat diet is better for your heart, and may help you lose weight if you are substituting lower fat foods for higher fat foods because a gram of fat has more than twice the calories of a gram of protein or a gram of carbs. But if you eat too many calories (regardless of where they come from) you are going to gain weight. From a health perspective their are obviously better or worse ways to get your calories, but weight loss comes down to calories in/calories out.
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