More Low carb…… but what about your cholesterol?

Written by Julia McPhee


  1. Robyn

    Isn’t it a sad but hilarious irony that eating the food the diet-heart hypothesis people have told us not to eat actually improves markers for heart disease. It breaks my heart to think of all the people that eat bland, terrible food in the hope that they’ll last longer. Whereas now I get to eat such delicious food and know I’m doing the best I can for my overall and heart health. I was (and still am) the biggest bread addict. If I found out I was going to die in a month I can’t guarantee that I wouldn’t go back to it. But after 52 days, 7 weeks of lchf I can honestly say that apart from nostalgia at the memory of eating bread and sugar and rubbish like that, I don’t miss it. I feel so much better, so much lighter (11.6kg down) that if I’m not gonna die in a month then I’ll continue this way of life forever. Thanks for your great recipes Julie.. They’re wonderful. Robyn xx


      Hi Robyn
      Yes everyone needs to get there in their own time. These stories really help though. Funnily bread was never an issue for me, hot chips however are my achilles heel! I still indulge but only very occasionally, and never feel that great afterwards!!
      Thanks for your comments.

  2. Becky Carney

    i fully researched and bought into the high-fat low-carb approach to improving cholesterol numbers. I have a bad family history with early cardiac death in the women in my family. My LDL particle number has been high and I’ve been on a statin for several years. However, it has recently gone up even though I’m on the drug. So my doctor (yes a regular Western medicine doctor–can you believe it?) recommended a ketogenic diet. I followed it religiously for two months. I ate exactly the prescribed amount of fat, protein, and carbs. I tracked everything. I peed on the ketone sticks and even tested blood ketones regularly. I knew I was doing everything right! So you can imagine how disappointed I was when I got my recent blood test last week. My cholesterol and LDL particle number were all through the roof! I don’t understand why, except that I guess my mechanism for dysfunctional cholesterol is not based on insulin metabolism. Also it seems that all of the studies have been done in overweight unhealthy people to start. I started very fit and ideal body weight. Maybe that has something to do with it? Anyway, it’s just one story, but I wanted to share. I’m very disappointed that the ketogenic approach didn’t work for me, because once I was keto adopted, I felt great. My workouts were great, I had no bloating or a abdominal discomfort, and I didn’t have fluctuations in energy. I thought it was great. But clearly, based on my labs it’s not something that’s right for my body. I wish every one else out there a lot of luck.


      Hi Becky

      Thanks for that story, not the outcome you were after I am sure. it is interesting to hear alternative stories and very important for everyone to know that for sum lchf may not be the most appropriate dietary approach. Good luck and keep in touch.

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