Your Cholesterol Levels are Independent of Your Weight.
Hey Readers! How are you doing? Feeling Healthy and Happy? Today we are going to talk about how your cholesterol levels are independent of your weight. Cholesterol issues have become a raging medical problem in recent times and to let it sit on top of you without any action is just spiraling your health down purposely. Therefore, let is proceed to our topic then I will touch the topics like what is cholesterol, what is the myth about it and, the Best Dietician’s Tips.
Each one of us has heard about cholesterol. Either you hear it in the edible oil TV commercials or somebody certainly is a victim of it in the family, if it is not yourself. It is one of the most commonly heard medical condition worldwide and needs awareness for its management.
What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is an organic molecule, basically, a lipid that is required by the body to function properly. It is a necessity for the perfect metabolism of your organs and needs to be checked and kept in control due to its harmful cardiovascular effects in case of excess.
There are two types of cholesterol mainly –
LDL (Low-density lipoprotein)
HDL (High-density lipoprotein)
Myths about cholesterol
If you are fat you have a higher chance of developing cholesterol problem
This is an illusion. Yes, the obese people need to maintain a check on their diet to control the effects of it. However, it is equally likely that a person with marginal weight may have cholesterol issues. That is because of the type of fats being consumed by the person.
You should really be concerned about the type of fat you intake rather than the concept of having fats.
Saturated fat (regular fat milk, ghee, processed foods etc) is unhealthy for the body and should be kept at the minimum. The alternate unsaturated fats (olive oil, almond oil, avocadoes etc.) can replace them. which are relatively soluble and less harmful to the body.
HDL is good cholesterol and LDL is bad cholesterol
Primarily HDL and LDL are not cholesterols; they are enveloped that carry the cholesterol molecule to the liver and the other organs around the body to be repaired. HDL carries old cholesterol to the liver to be recycled and LDL carries the cholesterol from the liver into the tissues (only a certain section of the LDL is bad. It is the small size of particles in LDL that clogs the arteries). Read more on the foods that can lowers your cholesterol!
Cholesterol is not required by the body
If you do not fulfill the demand of the cholesterol levels of the body, then the body starts producing it in the liver on its own. Your body needs cholesterol! It acts as a band-aid for any inflammation in the arteries. It heals it like a scab. It is the intermediary and not the culprit! Understand the relation between keto diet and cholesterol.
- Your cell walls and membranes, most of the hormones are made of cholesterol,
- Your skin is made of cholesterol,
- Most of the brain contains cholesterol (to have insulation against signals being transmitted ),
- It helps make Vitamin D
Dietician’s Tip -:
Consume a heart-friendly diet
Trans fat and saturated fat found in reading meat and most of the dairy products raises your thereby increasing the total cholesterol levels. Choose leaner cuts of meat, low-fat dairy and monounsaturated fats found in olive and canola oils.
Increase soluble fiber in the diet
Insoluble fiber helps you too with prevention of heart diseases but the soluble fiber from oats, fruits, lentils etc cut down on your LDL cholesterol more effectively.
Avoid refined grains
The main reason for the increasing number of cholesterol patients is due to the plethora quantities of consumption of junk food that contains refined grain such as white flour, white bread, and white rice. Refinery removes dietary fiber, iron, and many B vitamins, which are essential to the body and hence contributes to the rise of LDL cholesterol.
Substitute it with whole grain Barley, Brown rice, wheat, oatmeal, which are healthier options.
Increasing your physical activity
With the increase in your physical activity, per se
- Brisk walking
- Playing a sport
helps to increase the HDL cholesterol, the good lipids by reducing weight and also boosting up your immune system (see which is more important; fat loss or weight loss).
Therefore, the next time you get into a discussion on cholesterol be sure to put up your opinion on the change in lifestyle of fat intake rather than lowering the cholesterol content. If the problem of cholesterol has aggravated already do take the medications as per prescribed by your doctor but in the long run you can always switch to a healthier lifestyle which you can continue as a part of your life rather than popping pills.