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Old Fri, Oct-04-19, 04:35
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Plan: General low carb
Stats: 140/127/130 Female 66
Progress: 130%

Originally Posted by Zei
DD, just FYI, some of us are what Dave Feldman terms "lean mass hyper-responders." Our LDL cholesterol can rise very high on a very low carb diet to shuttle sufficient fat to the body's muscles etc. in people who are thin and/or exercise significantly, since these particles transport fat-burning energy to the body and a thin person or someone burning through a lot of fat for fuel won't have enough fat stores in each working muscle to supply itself and depends on these lipoprotein "boats" to shuttle this energy to them. I'm not super lean but tend to be fairly active and was perplexed and concerned for quite some time when my LDL rose dramatically changing to low carb (and losing a bunch of weight) until I realized I did fit within this category as the explanation, so I now don't worry when I see my LDL look high by conventional standards so long as my triglycerides are low and my HDL cholesterol high. Anyone who's interested in a better explanation of all this, check out the numerous different videos and articles by Dave Feldman on cholesterol, which I've found very enlightening.

Good to know, thanks! I'm not very active (just do some walking for exercise), but I am very lean at this point-BMI is under 20 right now. I'm very curious to know what my numbers are now, after going low carb-my HDL was low last time and that was the only thing my doctor brought up as a concern, she wanted that number to move up quite a bit. Hopefully I'll see improvement in that area on the next test
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