Cholesterol: When to worry and what to do about it

Cholesterol can be a confusing topic, especially for the low carb and keto community.

But for most people, it doesn’t need to be that complex. Your body does a pretty good job of using the fuels you give it.

If you eat more carbs, you will likely see lower cholesterol and higher blood sugars.
If you get more of your energy from fat, you might see lower blood glucose levels and higher cholesterol.

But if you fall outside the standard reference range, your doctor may encourage you to take a statin drug to lower your cholesterol. This leaves many people confused and concerned about the undesirable side effects of statins.

We are usually told that high cholesterol is bad and low is good. But, like most things in nature, optimal rarely occurs at the extremes. As shown in the chart below, either too little or too much cholesterol can be a problem.

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What affects your blood sugar and insulin (other than carbs)?

Does X, Y or Z raise my blood sugar?  This is a common question we get when people start with Data-Driven Fasting.  It’s also an important question for people (like my wife Monica) who are managing diabetes to empower them to make well-informed food choices that will keep their blood sugars stable. While carbohydrates have […]

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Optimal Nutrition for Cancer Management

Optimal nutrition is crucial for people managing cancer.   Thankfully, there has been some excellent research published recently from the likes of Professor David Sabatini on the role of specific nutrients in promoting or slowing cancer growth.   But sadly, no one was joining the dots to show what this would look like in terms of real […]

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Margaret pushes toward optimal with Data-Driven Fasting

Congratulations to Margaret, who achieved some remarkable results over just four weeks with Data-Driven Fasting.   While most people try fasting to reverse diabetes or lose fat, Margaret’s goal was to gain health and energy as well as achieve a weight goal of 57 kg (125 lbs).   As she chased her pre-meal trigger down from 4.6 […]

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Data-Driven Fasting Challenge: What did we learn?

It was a thrill to see people learn as they put the theory into practice in our first Data-Driven Fasting 30-day Challenge.   It’s fun to see the process through the eyes of people taking the journey, with all their “ah-ha” moments.   Many of the observations reinforced our previous analysis.  But there were also surprises.   Check […]

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Kathleen’s Fantastic Data-Driven Fasting Results

Congratulations to Kathleen, who saw some fantastic results in our Data-Driven Fasting 30-Day Challenge.  At 62, her initial goal was to get below 25% body fat (now she has her eyes set on 23%).    Over the first few days, Kathleen learned to take notice of her hunger and how her eating the previous day affected […]

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How to really reverse your insulin resistance

There are so many misconceptions about insulin, it’s role your body and how to optimise it.   Many believe in the low carb and keto community believe the best way is to avoid carbohydrates and even protein (which tend to raise insulin levels the most over the short term). While your insulin levels will increase over […]

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Mark’s magnificent DDF mass loss!

Congratulations to Mark, who topped the weight loss leaderboard in our recent Data Fasting 30-day Challenge with a massive 21 lbs (9.4% of his body weight) over four weeks.   During his journey, Mark shared some nuggets as he learned and progressed that we decided were too good not to share.   Coming into the challenge, Mark […]

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Maureen’s all smiles after her Data-Driven Fasting Challenge!

Congratulations to Maureen, who achieved some wonderful results in our first Data-Driven Fasting 30-Day Challenge. Maureen’s goal was to trim some fat to optimise her health.   While she was already pretty healthy, she wanted to do whatever it took to achieve optimal health.   After making some progress as a DDF beta tester, she was eager […]

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