View Full Version : Low carb/Atkins and cholesterol levels

01-09-2007, 09:42 AM
I'm just wondering. I've read conflicting view on this. Some say that switching to LC/Atkins elevated their cholesterol levels, others say it lowered them. Which is correct? Are there other factors that helped to push their cholesterol levels either higher or lower?


01-09-2007, 10:51 AM
Mine dropped - from 6 to 3.5 - when I went on Atkins 5 years ago. If you do this, buy the book and read it. A lot of people think Atkins is the "all bacon, all the time" diet. I ate more vegetables than most vegetarians do when I did Atkins.

Still do, come to think of it.

01-09-2007, 11:37 AM
BUilt is right again. People have no clue what atkins is about they think its cheese and bacon all day.

01-09-2007, 12:09 PM
Great, thanks. Bad part is I had an Atkins book a few years ago and just threw it away recently. :bang:

01-09-2007, 01:13 PM

sorry for my negitive input, but your chol shouldnt rise from just a low carb diet i wouldnt think

01-09-2007, 04:47 PM
sorry for my negitive input, but your chol shouldnt rise from just a low carb diet i wouldnt think

That depends. If you have a genetic predisposition to high cholestorol then you dietary intake of cholesterol will affect your numbers.

01-10-2007, 01:25 AM
Not by very much ...

01-10-2007, 06:50 AM
Maybe for you but it did for me.

01-10-2007, 07:05 AM
Maybe for you but it did for me.

Can you show us proof? What did it start at? Where did it end up at? What kind of cholesterol stacked foods were you eating. How do you know they were the cause of the increase. Did you have naturally high cholesterol to start with?

01-10-2007, 08:04 AM
I get my numbers checked every 3 months. My total cholesterol a year ago was in the 350's with the triglycerides over 400 (so high I couldn't even get my good cholesterol numbers.) I cut out all shrimp, eggs, butter, crap like that and as of last month I was 205 with 240 triglycerides.

01-10-2007, 06:02 PM
Did you lose any bodyfat?

01-13-2007, 01:55 PM
Bump - I'm really curious here. Because losing weight increases insulin sensitivity and reduces blood lipids, no matter HOW you do it. If your weight/composition remained constant while you did this, I'll be more impressed. But if you lost weight while you did this, your improved lipid profile will be more a function of improved composition than lowered dietary cholesterol.

01-14-2007, 10:22 PM
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller....