Low-Carb Diets Can Make It Difficult To Achieve Healthy Cholesterol
Many of today’s fad diets revolve around modifying insulin resistance by consuming low-carbohydrate, high-protein foods and also advocate eating foods high in saturated fats and dairy products. This type of diet is likely to contain high levels of insecticides, pesticides, and radiation, which in the long run may increase your risk of cancer of the bowel, prostate, and breast and can increase your heart risk factors.
Also, as you start to lose weight and your body is forced to break down stored fat for energy, your good cholesterol levels may be challenged and it may become difficult to keep them within the recognized cholesterol guidelines. This may be an artificial rise in cholesterol, however, it is a good idea to be cautious and work with a physician if you decide to start one of these diets.
Based on this, I suggest that anyone trying to lose weight adhere to a diet akin to my Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean diet, making sure to eat fresh fish at least two to three times a week. You’d can also enjoy fresh fruits, legumes, cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel or fish oils, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which blocks the inflammatory and blood-clotting capabilities of Lp(a).
I’d also urge you to omit saturated fats. Instead, choose monounsaturated fats like olive oil and polyunsaturated fats like alpha-linolenic acid, found in flaxseed.
For more information on ways to achieve healthy cholesterol, visit www.drsinatra.com.
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