Genes Steer Your Cholesterol Ship
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The second, less obvious point, she says, is that heavier
people reap much less benefit from cholesterol-lowering diets than do thinner
folks. "A person who's overweight gets into trouble for two reasons. Being
overweight itself raises their cholesterol," she explains, "and even
when they try to lower cholesterol by diet, they won't get as much cholesterol
People "should realize that being overweight has very major
consequences, and the only way to undo those consequences is to get thin. And
"the only way" to do that, says Denke, is by eating fewer calories.
Exercise is more helpful for maintaining -- rather than
spurring -- weight loss, says Denke. "We can undo an hour's worth of
exercise with one little cookie. People will overeat for five minutes, not
realizing that it will then take them five hours to burn off those calories
with exercise. We have to focus on what we're putting in our mouth. Our study
shows that it's really important to make good, sensible choices."
In the struggle with genes, Denke recommends switching from
higher-fat choices to lean meats and low-fat dairy products, such as 2% or
lower milk and low-fat sour cream.