« on: November 30, 2010, 01:11 PM »
Another thing to look at is your carb intake. Cutting back on the carbs helps a lot. It also helps if you have high triglycerides (20% of your triglycerides is part of your total cholesterol count). I have had high cholesterol in the past and using a diet to cut out fat lowered my bad cholesterol, but my triglycerides stayed pretty much the same. Once I cut back the carbs, they went down drastically. I'm 5'-9" and am now pushing 185-190 lbs again since I've fallen off the wagon. Last time, I started at 198 lbs. and got down to about 165 lbs. over a year with diet and walking 40-50 minutes five or six times a week. For the carbs, my dietitian said I should have 12 carb choices a day. Each carb choice is 15 g of carbs. Another useful item she taught was about food labels. Besides the portion part (where even small items might actually contain one and a half to two servings per container) is how you can look at the total calories, carbs, fat etc. Her advice was to avoid anything that had more than 5 g of fat per serving. However, if you have a TV dinner that contains say chicken and pasta and has a total fat balance of 7 g, you are still ok since you have two different items, therefore, you can divide the total by two.