The proof is in the numbers. As we all know, the numbers on the scale are not the only ones we should be watching. People talk about inches, but lab tests are important too.
People say Atkins is bad for your cholesterol because they don't understand it. Here are my lab results from before I started Atkins (7/25/07, these results were my wake-up call) and 60 days after I started Atkins (12/21/07) along with the "normal ranges" for my body type. You can't argue with facts. You can check my journal to see my daily menus. I only had 3 "cheat days" during the 60 days I have been on Atkins. Below my lab results you will find my 90 day evaluation results from the gym on December 21st. Lab Results:
Triglicerides: Normal should be <150. My results before 251
, after 85
Total cholesterol: Normal range 125-200. Before 216
, after 199
Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: Normal < 4.4. Before 4.6
, now 3.9
Cardio CRP (heart risk factor): Normal is < 3.0. Before 8.50
, now 5.7
(still higher than I would like but going down)Gym Results:
Here are the results comparing from 8/31/07 to 12/21/07:
Body Fat %: was 41.0 %, now 24.0 % Now in the "fit" category, YAY! I lost 17% of body fat!
Lost: - 5.6% of my weight
Blood pressure: about the same
Resting heart rate: was 88, now 78
Ab circumference: lost 2.5 inches
Hip circumference: lost 1.5 inches
Thigh circumfrence: lost ~2 inches each
Waist circumference: lost 3 inches
All around improvement. I am really happy, especially with the body fat percentage now being in the "fit" category.
As you can see. Atkins is heart healthy. For those of you who already know Atkins works. I hope this helps motivate you. Thanks to all my buddies who cheer me on.
Love the food that loves you back.
Take it one day at a time!