Back in July I posted the results of my lipid panel, after about a year of setting out to get fit. HDL of 106, triglycerides at 47, with insanely good ratios across the board. Arguably the best marker for CVD, Triglyceride/HDL, is at .2, where 2.0 and below is considered good. A "normal" triglyceride of 200 and HDL of 40 comes out at 5.0. I repeat: 0.2. And I eat lots and lots of animal fat; virtually no [concentrated] vegetable oils except olive oil and coconut oil (lots of that one; it's 98% saturated).
Turns out I'm not a fluke. And even though my wife comes from entirely different genetic stock than I (I'm Euro, she's Hispanic), seems that eating real food and getting in the sort of brief but intense resistance exercise I do yields similar benefits. Here she is, after only about 2-3 months getting serious, not to mention me feeding her lots and lots of protein and fat.
Total/HDL: 2.2. I'm 2.1, average is 4-6, and ideal is 2-3.
HDL/LDL: 0.9. I'm at 1.0, average is 0.3-0.4, and ideal is above 0.4.
Triglyceride/HDL: 0.6. I'm at 0.4, and optimal is <2.0
But how about before? Maybe her low-fat, tortillas, beans, and tamales diet of old was just as good. Sorry; nope.
That was from a year ago. Total went up a bit, but that's because HDL increased a whopping 20 points. Actually, her diet wasn't tortillas, beans and tamales. Just joking about that; well, except for the tortillas. She's cut those out for breakfast, and is eating way more meat and animal fat. The numbers are the numbers.
Again: the challenge goes out to the low-fat grain eaters. I dare ya! And yea, I'm very proud of this result. Also, Bea loves the [brief, intense] workouts I have designed for her. Usually I train her, but even at rare times when I'm not available she goes and, as she puts it: "kicked my own ass."
For more info, see my previous post on the Cholesterol Con.