It has been 3 months since I got my high cholesterol diagnosis. I have cut back on my meat consumption and increased my fiber intake. I got my results last week, my cholesterol dropped by 3.5%. It dropped but not enough so the doctor told me to make an appointment so he can be put on a statin (a cholesterol lowering drug). I haven't made my appointment because I decided to give it one more try by losing weight.
My high cholesterol levels are due to genetics, my dad and mom are both on statins. My part-time vegan and high fiber diet helped but not enough, so the only thing I can try now is weight loss. It has been studied that a 5%-10% drop in weight can lead to a significant drop in cholesterol but how much, I don't know.
I decided to join DietBet. DietBet is an online game where you bet that you will lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks. You pay to join a challenge, and they have many games that you can join with various pot amounts. You submit a picture with a code word to prove your beginning and ending weights. After the game comes to a close in four weeks, anyone who has hit their 4% goal is a winner and splits the pot. The theory is that when you diet socially and participate online with the people in your group, you tend to be more successful at reaching your weight goal.
My goal is to participate fully everyday and to lose 5% by the end of the game. My challenge ends on November 24, 2016. I weighed in at 153 pounds and I need to be 146.9 by the 24th. I hope to be 145.5 at the end of the game. I will then go and get my lipids test redone and hopefully my cholesterol would have dropped. If not, I will be taking a statin.
Are you on a statin or do you know anyone taking cholesterol lowering drugs?