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You Won’t Believe What Following a High-Fat Keto Diet did to my Cholesterol and Body Fat %!

Over the past few months, you’ve seen me eat this…

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and this…

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But what you may have a hard time believing is what all that fat (and no carbs) did to my body, both inside and out!

The Summary:

  • After 1 month of following a ketogenic diet (aiming for 70% fat, 15% protein, 15% carbs), I lost the stubborn “last 10 pounds” and my BodPod measurement confirmed that I lost 4% body fat.
  • Even with reducing my protein intake greatly, I experienced NO lean muscle loss.
  • I had my blood work done prior to starting my ultra high-fat diet and then again, four months later. The results:
      • My HDL (the “good” cholesterol) all went SKY HIGH. Way off the charts! And no, you can’t have too much HDL. My naturopathic doctor said she never sees levels this high. BOOM.
      • My LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) all dropped, some by up to 30%. Take that, fat haters!
      • My LpPLA2 (the plaque particle/enzyme created by inflammation) dropped by 10%, from a “moderate risk” range to the “optimal” range. This means my body is now experiencing LESS inflammation! I believe this is from reducing my carb intake.
      • My saturated fat index stayed the same — despite adding way more saturated fats. This proves my body was USING all that saturated fat — and since my body fat % came way down, it was clearly not putting it in storage! Say what!
      • My monounsaturated and omega 3 levels were too low. This didn’t surprise me as I know I’m not eating enough avocado, olive oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, fish, etc. I guess it’s time to ease up on the salami and have a few more avocados.

If you’re looking for more resources on what a ketogenic diet looks like (and how not to make the same mistakes I did!), check out my archived keto posts and leave a comment below!

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

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