EAT MORE— Lose Weight—Decrease Cholesterol

I like many America’s have  been carrying around those extra pounds for 30 years.  I attributed most to having babies and quitting to smoke.  My love of bread making might have had something to do with it also.  But surely my horse riding, ranch work, gardening and housework would have been enough exercise to keep things in check! I thought everything was ok because I was not on any medications.  Well that was soon to change.  After some routine labwork, I discovered my cholesterol level had shot up to a level my Doctor wanted to treat.   I knew the side effects of cholesterol meds and did not want to go that route.

Isn’t if amazing, how meeting that one person always happens at just the right time? I was working a health fair when I ran into an old friend.  Found out he was a Health Coach for this weight loss program.  I smiled politely and starting thinking, another weight loss program, isn’ t that nice.  Not wanting to be rude, I listened but kept looking for an excuse to go back to work.  My friend explained this program taught a new eating strategy.  One of the benefits was it lowered your  cholesterol level.  Even though he now had my attention, I am thinking, a lot of programs make all sort of medical claims. My personal  research and experience  in years of nursing was always the same.  As good as a program sounded, they ended up  hard to implent,  had  short term success, or were unsafe.  My friend sensing my sketisim suggested I talk to the Physician who was using this program in his practice.  So that is exactly what I did.  After listening to the Dr. I decided to give it a try. Well, are you ready for this……

I learned that eating six small meals a day drops your cholesterol level. A study from the University of Toronto found that after only two weeks, people who ate every three hourse reduced their blood cholesterol by over 15 percent.  Another studies showed that trigylcerides decrease 23.6% , LDL decreases 19.8% and total cholesterol 6.7% after 6 mo.

So what was my personal experience you may be wondering.  I dropped my cholesterol 45 points  and LDL 41 points (avoiding those cholesterol lowering meds with so many side effects).  I also lost 22 pounds in 8 weeks (30 years of baby fat) and have maintained these results for almost 2 years.  I am living proof that eating six small meals a day works for lowering elevated cholesterol levels and avoiding medication.  But I am not alone, wait until you hear some of my clients stories in my future blogs.

 

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