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Posted by Lynne on September 09, 2000 at 10:14:19:

In Reply to: Re: atkins diet and high cholesterol posted by tone on September 08, 2000 at 13:36:04:

Last year I went on the Atkins diet and lost 20 lbs the first month. Correspondingly my cholesterol dropped dramatically to almost normal levels. I continued on the diet for another 5 months and lost another 18 lbs; but when I got re-checked for cholesterol, the numbers had gone right back up. So for some people the action of losing weight has only a temporary effect on cholesterol (particularly if, as in my case, they are still not close to their ideal weight).

Personally I found the Atkins diet difficult to stick to over the long term. I did learn from it though that I feel physically better when I stay away from high carb starchy foods such as bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, etc. When people visit the Atkins Center, part of the program they receive are various nutritional supplements, so you are right to try supplements.

There is a post from someone further down on the board who eats 2 tbsp of oatbran both before and after every meal and has gotten great results. I am currently trying this.

Also, there was a small study recently done at the University of Western Ontario which showed that drinking three glasses of orange juice per day can raise HDL by an average of 22%. I am also currently trying this.

Of course, neither oatbran nor orange juice are on the Atkins diet, but perhaps you could modify the diet for the latter half of your desired weightloss. It may result in slower weightloss, but slower weightloss is more conducive to permanent weightloss. And try to step up your exercise. Do some aerobic exercise every single day and weight training at least 3x per week. Exercise is the key to permanent weightloss and is highly indicated in lowering cholesterol.

Good luck, Lynne

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