Did you know that not all cholesterol is bad for your health?
There are two types of cholesterols – the good and the bad…
Yes! you guessed it right now. The Bad cholesterol is the one that you need to get rid of. The only way to get rid of bad cholesterol is through exercise and having a healthy fat free diet. High cholesterol levels are linked to heart diseases, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Hence, adopt a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet.
Plan for a bad cholesterol – free life:
- Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises your cholesterol levels. Meats, ghee, butter, cheese, cakes and biscuits are high in saturated fats. Try to avoid these and replace them with foods that contain unsaturated fats like oily fish, nuts and seeds, vegetable or sunflower oil.
- Good cholesterol is found in foods like – almonds, flax seeds and nuts. Replace the unhealthy munching habit at tea time with these healthy hearty snacks.
- It is beneficial to avoid trans-fat that are normally found in butter and processed foods like cakes and biscuits.
- Instead of roasting or deep frying food, grill, steam or boil the food so that they retain their nutritive value. This helps reduce the total amount of fat in your diet.
- Fiber is an essential element that your body demands to stay fit. The presence of fiber in food has also been linked to reducing cholesterol levels. Opt for nuts, seeds, oats, fruits and vegetables to raise the amount of fiber in your diet.
- Make exercise a regular part of your life. Exercise for at least an hour a day. Exercises like brisk walking, running, cycling or dancing help your heart stay fit by lowering the levels of cholesterol in your blood.
- Monitor your cholesterol levels once in 6 months.