Today we will talk about Diet and Cardiovascular Diseases. One of the most frequently used markers of heart health traditionally has been your total cholesterol level. Your total cholesterol number can be misleading, however, as there are two main types of cholesterol: LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). The advanced medical circle is currently looking at cholesterol a bit differently by comparing the ratio of HDL cholesterol to LDL cholesterol. Based on this standard, an ideal diet program should be one that reduces your LDL cholesterol levels and increases your HDL cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, many popular diets are clearly inappropriate for fighting heart disease because they do not take this ratio into consideration.
Some of the popular low-carbohydrate diets can raise both your LDL and HDL cholesterol levels because of the large number of saturated fats they allow, which raise your LDL levels, any positive effects of increasing your good cholesterol levels are canceled out by the negative effects of increased bad cholesterol levels. Extremely low-fat diets have the opposite effect. If you follow one of these diets, your bad cholesterol levels will definitely drop.
But the lack of fat in your diet will cause your good cholesterol levels to drop as well, causing you to simply break even when it comes to heart and cardiovascular health instead of improving it. The emphasis in the Hormone Revolution Eating Plan on healthy fats such as monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids will decrease bad cholesterol levels while simultaneously increasing good cholesterol levels. These effects are compounded by the exercise plan, as the combination of aerobics and weight training will also strengthen your heart and circulatory system and decrease most risk factors for heart attacks and stroke.