When referring to low-carb diets, most people only think of them in terms of weight loss. While this is certainly a key aim, low-carb eating also offers other benefits in the way your body burns fat and manages blood sugar glucose levels. This also includes the way in which a carbohydrate-restricted diet can positively influence triglyceride and cholesterol levels in your blood. Low-carb diets work by reprogramming our body to burn different sources of fuel. In most American diets, the primary source of fuel is glucose. With a low-carb diet, the reduction of carb intake means that your body has to find alternative fuel sources, namely fat. This change in metabolism, known as ketosis, can affect the volume of lipids fatty molecules that doctors use to measure heart health, namely triglycerides and cholesterol. Our body fat is made up mainly of triglycerides.
Doc’s Opinion. His name is Peter. He told me he had probably put on approximately 55 lb 25 kg in the past five years. Peter was working as an accountant. There was a lot a stress at work, long working days and sometimes he had to go in on the weekends as well. Although he had quit smoking, he had never really bothered about his lifestyle and was totally uninterested in diet and nutrition. His wife took care of the cooking at home and was trying to limit his intake of calories. She was very conscious about cholesterol and tried to use low-fat varieties. He was feeling out of breath.
This guide is our attempt at summarizing what is known. It is written for adults who are concerned about cholesterol and health, especially when eating a low-carb diet. Discuss any lifestyle changes with your doctor. Full disclaimer. For even more details and relevant research on connected topics, see our guides to healthy fats, vegetable oils and saturated fats. Also see our list of core scientific studies related to heart disease, cholesterol and saturated fats. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is essential for the life of all animals, including humans.