I received the results of my blood screening in the mail yesterday. And they looked really positive. Here I present the key comparisons from my blood work in May:
|Total Cholesterol||241||250||+3.7% NEGATIVE|
|Total/HDL Ratio||6.5||5.0||-23.1% POSITIVE|
|Triglyceride/HDL ratio||4.2||1.7||-59.5% POSITIVE|
Yes, I have high cholesterol.
No, the total number does not concern me.
The secret is in the ratios. And the key ratio for me – I have a family history of diabetes – is the Triglyceride/HDL ratio. It is important to have that ratio below 3.0, but the closer to 1.0 I can get it, all the better. Five days of calorie restriction did it.
And through this entire process I finally internalized something that I already knew. Eat a crapton of vegetables. I am eating a lot more salads. I am loading them down with avacado and walnuts and healthy oils for salad dressing. And I am slowly losing weight. This morning I weighed in. Goal achieved!
Well, close enough. This morning I weighed in at 180.2 pounds. My goal was 180 pounds.
Time to set a new goal.