Over the last year or so I have been exceptionally intrigued by the concept of a “Low-carb-High fat” (LCHF) lifestyle. Professor Tim Noakes is an esteemed Nutritional MD in our country and a great advocate of LCHF. He has many converted followers and I myself am in line…..
I can, without a doubt say that I feel infinitely better when following this lifestyle. I also managed to lose 2kg weight within 2 weeks on LCHF. The realisation I came to though is that I am a true “Carboholic”. The lure of bread, pasta, rice, cake and chocolate is just too overwhelming for me to stick to it. I can also attest that after 2mths of roughly following this lifestyle my “bad” cholesterol – LDL rocketed to really dangerous proportions. So to did my Total Cholesterol. However, my “good” cholesterol – HDL also raised significantly and my Trigliserides are really low. I’m not going to lie….I found my hight cholesterol values quite scary but if Prof Noakes is to be believed, this will not kill me or cause significant heart or brain damage. It’s rather my regular sugar and insulin peaks that will do this. I’m also fortunate in having no other risks for heart disease or strokes. I don’t smoke, my blood pressure is always low and my weight relatively (can always lose those irritating 3 kilos! 🙂 ) low. So according to the Framingham Index (a widely accepted study in medical practice) my overall risk of adverse incidents is still less then 1% for the next 10yrs. This is despite my alarming LDL value.
So I’m still contemplating……and will keep you informed of my thoughts and progress on this!