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Ketogenic Dieting May Increase Your Cholesterol: Don’t Panic- Thomas DeLauer… So you might be watching this video because you went on a low carb high fat keto diet and you saw an increase in your cholesterol levels. Maybe your doctor’s telling you that you’re doing something terribly wrong. Maybe he’s telling you you need to get off that ketogenic diet because your cholesterol levels are high. Maybe you’re just scared. Maybe you’re just concerned as to why they’re higher, or maybe you’re trying to be proactive and trying to understand why they might get higher. In this video, I’m going to help you understand that higher levels of cholesterol on a ketogenic diet could very well mean a very, very good and rather cool thing.
You see, we have to remember that we’re on a ketogenic diet. Everything is surrounding fats. We’re eating a lot of fats, we’re metabolizing fats, we’re going to have more lipids and we’re going to have more cholesterols in the bloodstream, plain and simple. We have to remember that. What’s interesting is that higher levels of cholesterol on a ketogenic diet are being linked and associated with weight loss. Believe it or not, once weight loss starts and fatty acid metabolism really kicks in, we see an increase in cholesterol. So it usually means that you’re having an influx of weight loss occurring at that very point in time.
You see, as fat starts to break down, cholesterol goes up, and it has to do with the fact that triglycerides are mobilized and they end up getting broken down into fuel but the cholesterol just kind of hangs out. The cholesterol doesn’t really get burned for fuel. It’s not metabolized like that. It’s not energy. So what it does, it ends up sitting in the bloodstream, waiting to get recycled by the liver. It’s not doing anything good or doing anything bad. It’s just elevated and it’s usually indicative of the fact that your body is using a little bit more fat for fuel at that very point in time.
So you will find it’s a temporary increase and once the weight loss starts to plateau a little bit and starts to slow down, your cholesterol levels will probably start to come down. You’ve probably seen an increase in both your HDL and your LDL, and it just has to do with the fact that both of them are mobilized. On that note, we have to understand HDL and LDL and the relationship with ketosis, and once you understand this, everything’s going to make a lot more sense and I can almost guarantee you’re going to come out of this video overall feeling a lot less stressed out about this situation.
First off, HDL and LDL, they’re not even cholesterols. They’re transport vehicles. They deliver cholesterols. So you’ve got high density lipoprotein and low density lipoprotein. Low density lipoprotein, the “bad cholesterol” delivers nutrients. It delivers cholesterol, delivers fat and fat-soluble nutrients to the cell. Very important, but for some reason it gets a bad rap. Then we have HDL. HDL’s job is to go around and pick up waste particles or used LDL, particles of LDL, and take them back to the liver for recycling. So somewhere along the lines, messages got going to confused. For some reason we think that LDL is bad because it’s delivering fat, even though it’s totally important. For some reason we think that purely recycling that fat is the only good thing that should be occurring.
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