In my due diligence, I read A LOT of articles and did a TON of research. It turns out that it's possible high cholesterol isn't the death sentence we believed it to be. See: Cholesterol Scare - Part 2: Not as Scary as We Thought?
During my last post about lipid levels, Erin and I had theorized that I fall into a sub-group of Keto reactors known as a Lean Mass Hyper Responder. Basically, it means that when I get my body fat low enough and I'm on a high-fat diet, my cholesterol numbers and LDL go through the roof.
And, brother, let me tell you they did!
As of December 27, 2018 they were:
- Total Cholesterol = 375mg
- Triglycerides = 100mg
- HDL = 51mg
- LDL = 291mg
If you've ever gotten back elevated lipid levels, you know that these are frightening numbers.
So, it's been two months, what's been happening?
- Increased calories by 300 to a maintenance level of 2400
- Increased carbohydrates from ~30-40 to 100
- Removed egg yolks from my diet
- Switched from 10mg of Lipitor to 5mg of Crestor
That's it. No additional exercise, no other anything. The rest of my diet remained the same and on the same schedule.
The results <drum roll plllleeeeease>:
- Total Cholesterol = 233mg
- Triglycerides = 75mg
- HDL = 52mg
- LDL = 163mg
In two months that's a pretty phenomenal change. We're going to ride it out a little longer and see where my body settles in, but the long and the short of it, is that Lean Mass Hyper Responder is a real thing.
In the future, if I need to lose more weight, then I *may* still do the low-carb version of Keto, though perhaps not as low as I was doing. I don't know just yet. We only got these blood results yesterday, so I haven't had a chance to process it all.
When we cross that bridge, I will write another post about it. For now, I'm going to bask in the I'm Not Going to Die from Cholesterol Tomorrow glory!
What am I fighting before besides the chance to add more candles to my birthday cake?
Years and years more of this...
Yes, please! A very long life of this!
I'm incredibly lucky to have a partner that's worried and researched and kept a level head and listen to me ramble about cholesterol and lipids and fats and blood levels and lean responders and on and on. Thank you, Erin, for standing by me through all of this. I epically love you!
Until later, adventure on my friends!