First I didn't get my cholesterol tested before I started the diet so I cannot give you a great baseline. What I can tell you is 1.5 years ago I had to take a cholesterol test for a class I was in and one of my numbers was around 320, I think it was triglycerides but it may have been total cholesterol. Either way 30lbs lighter, (I've hit a plateau now for about 3 weeks) here are my numbers:
- Cholesterol - 228
- HDL - 43
- Trig. - 155
- LDL - 154
Also any input on the plateau I've hit would be great, I started at 280 and now weight between 250-253 depending on the day. It has been like this for a couple weeks now.
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on September 27, 2011
at 10:32 PM
I would say you've made excellent progress and your next set of numbers will look even better. Plateaus are common but keep going and you'll suddenly break it.
Please tell us what your diet looks like.
on January 04, 2012
at 07:29 PM
Cholesterol (& its components) account for less than 50% of cardiovascular health risk. Even when cholesterol does count for something, it is "directional", depending on factors such as inflammation markers, IR, pariticle size, and other factors. Independent and separate risk factors of cardiovascular health (like BP, Lpa, smoking status, familial affliction, blood thickness/viscosity, BG control, autoimmunity, etc.) account for more than 50% and often override cholesterol altogether. What value there is in cholesterol is in its components: HDL, first & foremost, then triglycerides. TC & LDL become an issue when they exceed 350 or so and enter FH territory.
Again, we focus on cholesterol because it has become part of standardized care in Western countries. To really plumb cardiovascular risk, you need to look at a lot more factors, including your lifestyle and hereditary factors, physique, and diet. Any analysis focusing just on your TC and components is likely to miss the mark. It could either give you a false sense of security or, alternatively, anxiety.