Weight Loss Can Lower Your Cholesterol Levels – Here’s How

Copyright 2010

A major problem that accompanies being overweight is that your blood cholesterol levels often increase dramatically. Cholesterol forms deposits in your arteries, causing them to clog or completely blocking them altogether. This cuts off blood circulation and oxygen from your heart, and can lead to heart attacks, stroke or any number of other cardiovascular problems. So, to protect yourself from this problem and decrease your health risk, you need to get on a weight loss regimen as soon as possible.

Weigh Loss Vs Medications

Although cholesterol medications are more widely prescribed and used these days, weight loss remains the best option for controlling your cholesterol. Compare, for example, the chances of success of both medicines and weight loss methods. Studies have proved that medicines can lower cholesterol by 20% – 60% whereas losing weight ensures you of a 40% – 90% decrease in your cholesterol levels.

In addition, drugs can only perform one function at a time, i.e. they can either lower your LDL (Low-density lipoprotein ), which is the harmful form of cholesterol, or control fats called ‘triglycerides’ in your blood. On the other hand, weight loss lowers triglycerides and raises the levels of HDL (High-density lipoprotein), the necessary (good) cholesterol, in your blood.

Healthy Eating: The Best Weight Loss Method

There are so many ways through which you can reduce your weight. However, exercise may be tough to manage with your hectic schedule (although you should still find time to do it), and strict diets can be tiresome and unhealthy. Yet, if you want fast weight loss without spending much money or effort, the best way to do so is to eat healthy.

Here are some ideas you can use:

  • Add more fiber to your diet: Eat oatmeal, wholegrain bread and fruits. They provide you with loads of fiber in every meal, and besides helping you in your weight loss, they will also help your cholesterol levels to plunge quickly.

  • Include legumes into your meals: Beans, lentils, chickpeas and other legumes will help you lose weight and reduce your cholesterol levels. You can have them in soups, snacks and salads.

  • Substitute regular oil with olive oil: If you need to add oil to your food or to use it in cooking, then make sure to use virgin olive oil. However, to keep your cholesterol low and your weight loss efforts uninterrupted, limit your consumption to two tablespoons only each day.

  • Consume more fish: Fish is a great option for those who want to lose weight! It’s rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which will help lower your blood pressure and bring your cholesterol levels down.

  • Snack on nuts whenever you get hungry: Most snacks people consume include a lot of hydrogenated oils (not to mention loads of sugar). Rather than munching on chips and other fattening foods, have a handful of nuts to fill your stomach and keep you and your cholesterol levels in shape.

So, if you want to regulate your cholesterol, make the decision to start losing weight. And to get the best results of all, make sure that your weight loss plan is based on eating healthy.

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