I went in for a biometric screening yesterday. They measure your height, weight, BMI, blood sugar, total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, blood pressure, and waist circumference. I was curious to see what the cholesterol and triglyceride readings looked like, with all this meat and butter and such that I’m eating. I’ve also read that when you first start to lose weight, your cholesterol can temporarily go up.
Blood test results:
- Total cholesterol: 143
- LDL: 89
- HDL: 35
- Triglycerides: 90
- Blood sugar (glucose): 87
- Blood pressure (using too small of a cuff, even!): 122/82
Not too shabby! Guess all that meat and butter is totally fine! Last fall my HDL was 40 when I wasn’t dieting, so it’s close to what it was then. Since I’m still actively losing weight, I can’t put too much stock into the value. There are countless studies all over the web that show how people’s cholesterol levels improved or stayed optimal on LCHF. Your body evolved to digest real food.
Also, apparently low carb makes me taller. The nurse said i’m 5’9 1/2″, not 5’8 1/2″. (or maybe she wasn’t tall enough to properly see the top of my head… i’m going with “low carb makes me taller” because it sounds funnier.)