This post is dedicated to a great man, who over the past months has seen tremendous support from the people who have experienced significant change in health and the “bottom line” (not only do blood scores improve, but bottoms start to vanish too).
Prof Noakes, one of the authors of the Real Meal Revolution, has been a huge inspiration to me. He has given me the confidence to continue with our new Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) family lifestyle and quelled my concerns, when GP’s are saying “Be careful, your cholesterol is far too high!”
“Don’t eat saturated fat, it will kill you!”
No questions asked of Prof Noakes, have gone unanswered, and for that, he has my utmost respect.
I would like to share some blood work results with you. Our LCHF journey began in Feburary 2014, when my husband Glen, weighed 134 kg. Within 2 weeks of beginning this new lifestyle, Glen was satiated. It took about 2 weeks to become fat adapted, by adding 2 T Cold Pressed Organic Coconut oil per meal and avoiding all items on the Real Meal Revolution Red List. Fasting became easier and before long he was able to go for longer intervals between meals – remaining satisfied and with no desire to snack in between meals. This was a small miracle to me, as Glen was always starving on the Prudent diet, which I now believe to have been cruel, malnourishing and exceptionally bad for his body. The reason for saying this, is that blood glucose is on a continual roller coaster, assisting in spiking insulin and leaving it with no other place to go other than to to be stored in the body as fat. Within 2 hours the hunger pangs return and the process of eating, spiking insulin and fat storage repeats again and again
Two months into the LCHF lifestyle, in May 2014, and 12 KG’s down, Glen had a full blood count with the results as follows.
I was rather concerned by the results, particularly the cholesterol and emailed Prof Noakes. He placed my mind at ease by answering
“Your husband has insulin resistance and cholesterol is NOT his problem. His total cholesterol is quite low for a 50 year old.
His “problem” is too high triglycerides and too low HDL cholesterol. These will improve on the diet, as will his HbA1c which will drop further.
Attached is a document giving my explanation.” Prof Noakes
CHOLESTEROL Please feel free to download and share it.
This gave me the confidence to believe that we were on the correct path and that scores would continue to improve – which they did.
Fast track to November 2015, weight at 114 Kg’s and blood scores are improving, with absolutely NO prescription drug intervention. Blood pressure, cholesterol and gout medication, have become a thing of the past in our home.
There are a number of improvements which are evident, as illustrated below. One which I find interesting is the PSA result. To my knowledge, not much emphasis has been placed on cancer prevention through the adoption of the low carb lifestyle, perhaps this is an area which will be the next to receive some ground breaking research.
The Healthy 20 year old markers were taken from the CHOLESTEROL document, which Prof Noakes supplied me with.
We still have a long way to go, but I feel confident that we are definitely following the correct lifestyle now.
For those interested in more information, I found the following video informative.