Weight gain triggered by high cholesterol levels and triglycerides can lead to heart diseases. Ensure a healthy heart with a weight loss diet that lowers bad cholesterol levels in your blood.
There is enough research to prove that if your weight is ill-managed you are putting a lot of pressure on your heart.
Uncontrolled levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or the ‘Bad Cholesterol’ can choke your arteries and cause serious damage to your heart. This inevitably leads to cardiovascular diseases – heart attack being one of them, which can prove fatal.
So what should you do? Lose weight, off course. According to a report by University of California, Medicine School when you lower your cholesterol levels through a healthy diet, you are ensuring a healthy heart.
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According to the research, when you add healthy fats, and go for low-fat food you not only lose weight but also lower your cholesterol levels, which is good news for your heart.
Keep track of your cholesterol and triglycerides
The first step to ensuring a healthy heart, and so a healthy body is to keep track of your cholesterol levels. It is not necessary for you be obese or excessively overweight to have higher levels of bad cholesterol or LDL in your body.
Report at Johns Hopkins Medicine in the US shows that it is not just cholesterol, but also triglycerides you should be worried about if you want a healthy heart.
Triglyceride is another type of fat in your bloodstream that you need to be aware of. If your diet is rich in animal fat or vegetable oil, then you are most likely to have high levels of triglycerides in your blood. Again, not good news for your heart – sure sign of heart disease.
Keep track of levels of LDL and triglyceride in your blood through regular blood check-ups. It does not matter if you are just in your 20’s.
If you are prone to eating out a lot or have animal fat in your daily diet, or you are overweight, you are most likely to show higher levels of these two in your blood. And if this is the case, then you have to think of the next step to have a healthy heart.
Watch your weight
It is most likely that when you have high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in your bloodstream, you are obese or grossly overweight.
According to Heart UK, a charity that works on creating awareness about cholesterol and weight gain, men who have fat around their middle and women with an apple-shaped body are at the risk of heart disease.
One of the best ways to know whether you have a healthy weight is to check your BMI. If it is over 30, then you should seriously plan to lose weight.
This also will help in bringing down the LDL and triglyceride levels in your blood, and ensure a healthy heart in the long run.
Weight loss diet helps a great deal
The first thing to weight loss is to mind what you are eating. This along with a good level of physical activity can help you manage your weight.
In the Journal of American Heart Association, it was reported that when you reduce the consumption of saturated fat, and replace high-fat food with healthy carb diet along with unsaturated fats, you are on the path to weight loss and a healthy heart.
The study done by University of California, Medicine School found that when you ate a diet high in healthy oils like olive oil or good fat like that from walnuts, you automatically lower your lipid count.
In fact, if you can have a walnut-rich diet on a regular basis you will be able to impact your LDL levels in a good way. The same study shows us that having walnut daily also improves the beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL) count, which is ideal for a healthy heart.
It is clear from research that diet profile impacts your lipid levels in a big way, and you should mind what you put in your mouth not only for a healthy and fit body but also to benefit your heart.
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