Cholesterol Advice

When Switching over to Low Cholesterol Diet

Several low fat, low cholesterol diet plans have been introduced to cater to the needs of the patients with cardiac risk and people suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and cancer. These diet plans are also ideal for those who want to lose weight and stay healthy.

However, before you decide to follow one of these diet plans, consult a good health care practitioner. He may suggest you to increase your physical activities and advise you to make some changes in your diet for lowering cholesterol level. You should restrict your fat intake to less than 30 % of daily calories.

Your blood cholesterol level is raised by increased consumption of saturated fats so the best way for cholesterol management is to restrict your saturated fat intake. You should stay away from whole milk products, meats, cream, sour cream, butter and dairy products which are not labeled as ‘fat-free’. Sometimes, low fat diet does not necessarily mean a low cholesterol diet as organ meats such as liver are high in cholesterol.

Therefore, choosing a low fat, low cholesterol diet is not an easy task. You need to consult your doctor to know about the correct diet chart to suit your purpose of cholesterol control. By cutting back on the fat and skin from poultry, meat and fish, you can improve your cholesterol level substantially. You should also avoid high-fat processed meat and oils.

The low cholesterol diet also reduces the risks associated with obesity and a number of cardiovascular issues and diseases associated with high cholesterol. It is not true that all the fats are bad as our body needs some of them for its major functions. A very low fat diet may also lead to disorders like deficiency of essential fatty acids which are a must for function and structure of cell membranes. Low fat diet may also lack in vitamin E, B12 and Zinc and our body may be rendered incapable of absorbing fat soluble vitamins that are essential for health of skin, eyes, bones, teeth and immune system. So, you must always make a diet plan with the help of an expert.

Also, note that a very low fat and low cholesterol diet usually has high carbohydrates that are unnatural. Over consumption of these may lead to obesity, diabetes and other health problems and metabolic disorders like low HDL cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. If a food item is fat free, it does not mean that you can go on consuming it endlessly as excess of calories in your body would ultimately get transformed into body fat.

So, to manage cholesterol you need to certainly switch over to low cholesterol diet but it should not be deficient of essential things required daily by your body.