So... it's been several months now gents. Start out 256.... now somewhere around 225-230 depending on activity level and food intake.
Doc my bloodwork hasn't been this good in quite awhile.... I eat a pretty high saturated fat diet, medium protein, and low carb. I thought i was supposed to be waiting for a cardiac event by now?
Triglycerides way down.... Cholesterol down... HDL is actually up... LDL down.... A1C down to 5.7 from 6.4 and average glucose down 20 points since the beginning of the year!
Cholesterol - 128
Triglyceride - 81
HDL - 37
Chol/HDL Ratio - 3.5
LDL - 75
Hemoglobin A1C - 5.7
Est Ave Glucose - 117
Still eating around 2000 calories a day... lifting say... 3-5 days a week.... really starting to cut up I think.
Dude, I think we have pretty good internet rapport, so Ill restate:
1. Short term weight loss can be accomplished with ketogenic diets, better than many traditional diets.
2. Lipid panels and A1c improvements are similar with low carbohydrate and low fat diets.
Not so good
1. Despite lipid and glycemic control, there is evidence that eating diets high in animal proteins promotes atherogenesis (plaque in arteries which lead to vascular disease, ie. heart attacks and strokes). We dont have enough long term data looking at these endpoints to know how clinically significant this may be, but vascular disease takes decades to develop, not a few months. But diabetes already puts you behind the eight ball.
2. There are other health problems with eating an animal protein laden diet - certain cancers, kidney stones, and gout. This is not to say meat, eggs and dairy cant be eaten sparingly, nor does it ignore that certain plant based foods also can contribute.
3. Any diet will fail if you cant maintain it, and theres reason to believe VLC diets are no better, and perhaps worse to maintain long-term.
Anyhoo, based on the collective data Ive read, multiple discussions with my friend who runs an academic weight management center, and common sense dietary gestalt from long-lived populations, Id never recommend a VLC diet to my patients. If it works for you and can be continued long term, good luck I guess. Just remember the goal of any diet is health, not just what you see in the mirror.
Stepping down from the soapbox, you ever eat quark?
PS Your HDL is a little low. Maybe do a little less lifting and more cardiovascular training?