You may be worried that you are eating more fat than usual and that your cholesterol may go up. This way of eating is most probably completely different to how you have eaten before and its normal to think this:

Hopefully this website will answer some of your questions and concerns around this subject:

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Cholesterol and low-carb diets

Here is another great website A Simple Guide to Cholesterol on Low Carb:

Part 1 here ⬅️ Click here

Part 2 here ⬅️ Click here

Basics of cholesterol and numbers

The basis seems of cholesterol and numbers (in the UK we use the mmol/l readings)

Majority of people who follow a Low-carb way of eating, their bio markers (blood tests) improve!

Weight loss can sometimes cause your LDL (sometimes known as bad cholesterol) to go up temporarily. This can cause your total cholesterol value to go up. HDL (sometimes known as good cholesterol) tend to go down as the body releases fatty acids in your blood, this can happen with any weight loss regime and is the normal biochemical reaction during weight loss.

If you’re in the process of losing weight and your blood cholesterol levels are going up in spite of your weight loss, don’t panic! It’s completely normal for blood cholesterol levels to go up temporarily as your body burns some of the stored fat it’s carrying for fuel. You won’t be able to get accurate blood cholesterol readings until your weight has stabilised for at least four weeks, and your blood cholesterol levels have had a chance to normalise.

More information regarding this can be seen HERE

Some people do have genetic reasons for having high cholesterol and this should already be monitored at the surgery/hospital and should not be confused with a low carb diet. These people are already predisposed to getting this and should consult with a GP or nurse for more advice prior to starting.

Dr. Nadir Ali – ‘Why LDL cholesterol goes up with low carb diet and is it bad for health?’ (a presentation regarding low carb and LDL)

TIP: sources of fat such as: olive oil, nuts and seeds, oily fish, olives and avocados are great choices. Focus on these for your fat sources!!!

*If you have any more questions around Cholesterol and Low-Carb Diets, please do make an appointment with me to discuss this further*