What Are “Good” Cholesterol & Triglyceride Levels—And How Do I Get Them?
You might hear the term “good cholesterol” thrown around in diet conversations, and wonder, “I thought cholesterol was a bad thing?” It’s actually good and bad. Which is something we can all learn from Z Living’s new original series The Big Fat Truth, a show that addresses the real reasons people struggle with weight loss, while giving them the tools and optimism necessary to change their lives.
On the The Big Fat Truth, host JD Roth puts different groups of people—like former contestants of his former show The Biggest Loser, nurses, and teachers—on whole food, plant-based diets. Many of them experience remarkable weight loss, and improved cholesterol levels, which JD keeps track of with blood tests.
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How JD Tracks Progress With LDL Counts.
On the show, Roth keeps track of different metrics to monitor how the plant-based diet works on contestants. The main one he uses to address cholesterol is called LDL—low-density lipoprotein—and it’s measured in points of milligrams per deciliter. According to Medical News Today, LDL cholesterol levels should be less than 100 mg/dl.
How Do You Reduce Your LDL Cholesterol Levels?
There are many ways to lower your LDL levels, but most experts agree that the main ways are to lower your intake of saturated fats, like those found in dairy and meat. It’s also important to exercise daily. This is exactly why Roth takes simple measures to accomplish mind-boggling results on The Big Fat Truth. Plant-based diets get guests off those unhealthy fats, exercise takes the next step, and his addressing of everyone’s mental roadblocks keeps the life-changing train running for years to come.
On The Flip Side, There’s HDL.
Standing for high-density lipoprotein, HDL is considered the good kind of cholesterol, as opposed LDL, which is the bad kind. According to Healthline, “HDL is like a vacuum cleaner or snowplow for cholesterol in the body. When it’s at healthy levels in your blood, it removes extra cholesterol and plaque buildup in your arteries and then sends it to your liver. Your liver expels it from your body. Ultimately, this will help reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.” They also say an ideal HDL level is 60 mg/dl.
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How Do You Maintain Ideal HDL Levels?
Thankfully, for the simplicity of life, the best ways to maintain healthy HDL levels are the same ways to maintain healthy LDL levels. The central, very simple takeaway is, daily exercise and a diet low in saturated-and-trans fats will keep your cholesterol levels healthy. Smoking can get in the way of it. So keep that out, find an exercise routine, and maybe give the whole food, plant-based diet a shot for a guraunteed successful approach.
And Then There Are Also Triglycerides…
Another type of lipid that circulates in your blood, triglycerides can increase your risk of heart disease and obesity, just like cholesterol. Its purpose is to store calories for energy, but because it can’t dissolve in the blood once the body has had its fill, overconsumption can lead to health problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, a healthy level of triglycerides for one person is 150 mg/dl.
How Can I Keep All Of These Numbers In The Right Place?
Well, there are a lot of things that you can seek out to avoid having high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. One of the main ones that we learn from watching The Big Fat Truth, is that a plant-based diet all but guarantees you’ll stay away from dangerous point counts. Additionally, you can focus your diet on healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and whey protein.
How Often Should I Get My Cholesterol Checked?
According to WebMD, adults between the ages of 20-79 should get their cholesterol checked once every four-to-six years to monitor risk for heart disease or stroke. If you find yourself overweight, or completely unaware of your cholesterol levels, it’s probably worth scheduling yourself an appointment for the near future.
Watch The Big Fat Truth Sundays at 8PM, with special encore presentations Tuesdays at 8PM.
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