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To extend the recent thread about the best diet for weight loss. I have recently celebrated my birthday with some laboratory blood work. Results would vary depending but I believe my experience is not remarkable. During this period I have lost 20 pounds without feeling hungry. This is a crucial point because, frankly, I would eat in my sleep if I could find someone to feed me.These results were achieved by drastically reducing my intake of dairy products, fried foods, and meat...except for fish. Lot's of whole grains, veggies, and legumes.4/23/08Total Cholesterol: 149Triglycerides: 292 <-(bad news)Glucose: 117 <- "Pre-diabetic"8/12/10Total Cholesterol: 89Triglycerides: 134Glucose: 89Individual results will vary but, a spectre is haunting Europe and that spectre is unhealthy eating.
On the basis that the liver produces more cholesterol than that from our dietry instake and (if I understand correctly) reduces production to compensate for high dietry cholesterol, how does increasing intake of unsturated fats help and what is it helping?(I do hold with healthy diet and exercise, but am often sceptical about specific claims - is there any science involved or is it like BMI - a rough guide produced on a statistical rather than rational basis)