These are simply MY test results and I can only atest to my own results. I was a little worried, but for me this was proof in the pudding. I feel better, I look better - there is no argument with these two things. But now my test results are better too!
These are my actual cholesterol test results from 1 week BEFORE I began the Belly Fat Cure in 2009 and then AFTER I had been on the plan consistently for 2.5 years. I have had intermittent periods where I also did grain-free (Paleo, except with limited dairy). Currently I have been grain-free, following Jorge Cruise's Fast Track diet plan, since October 2011.
Cholesterol Break Down:
LDL is your "Bad Cholesterol" and mine was okay before, not considered high. HDL is your "Good Cholesterol" and mine was a little low before and is now excellent. My triglycerids are the most impressive change. I guess they didn't test for VLDL before, so I only have the after number. I don't claim to be an expert at reading these tests, but from what I know, I think they look great!
What I Eat:
What I eat has evolved a bit. I am currently trying to maintain my weight loss and not gain anything back. If I lost a handful of pounds along with that, hurray for me! But my goal is to really maintain at my goal weight and figure out what my body really needs and truly rid myself of cravings and impulsive eating. Right now, that means no grains or legumes. But I lost my 53 lbs simply following the Belly Fat Cure 15/6 S/C Value rules.
Right now I am actually MORE strict in maintenance than I was in the losing phase... weird I know. The one thing I have learned is that it is all a process and I have learned so much about my body and how it reacts to food, that I made the decision to go grain-free for 1 year.
I have the Minute Muffin everyday for breakfast, along with coffee with either coconut butter or coconut oil. I recently cut out the cream in my morning coffee :( I often skip lunch depending on my schedule and have a spinach shake (water, soaked chia seeds, flax seed oil, handful of organic blueberries and a heaping handful of organic fresh spinach) with salami and cheese instead. But if I have time I will have yesterday's dinner leftovers, a friend egg or tuna/chicken salad with spinach. For dinner I will usually have beef, sometimes pork, lamb or fish with a vegetable. I love butternut squash, zucchini and cauliflower in the evening. After dinner I usually have a few squares of dark chocolate and a pot of unsweetened tea.
If you have seen changes in your cholesterol on a low carb diet, or Jorge's plan, I'd love to hear about it too!