February is traditionally the month when we see hearts. Here at JumpstartMD, we’re all about the romance of course, but what we’re really interested in is the health of your heart and healthy weight loss. There are a number of ways in which we can take an active role in improving heart health, and reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. So pat yourself on the back this American Heart Month 2022! By being on our program, you’re doing a great job.
If you’re currently on our healthy weight loss program, congratulations! You’re moving steadily toward achieving a healthy heart, and here are some of the reasons why:
• Lowered Blood Pressure – Having a healthy body weight will significantly improve your blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure, or hypertension, is a marker for increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease.
• Benefits of Fiber – When you are consuming large quantities of fresh produce, as you are on our program, you are benefiting your heart, by consuming fiber. Fiber is bulky, it keeps you feeling full for longer, it assists with digestion and elimination, and the nutrients associated with fresh produce improve your overall health.
• Reduced Triglycerides – When we reduce our carbohydrate intake, we frequently experience a significant reduction in blood triglycerides. Fasting triglycerides are known to be a factor in heart disease. The higher the number, the higher the risk.
• Improved High-Density Lipoprotein, aka HDL, or “good” cholesterol– HDL is a protein which transports cholesterol away from the body and into the liver, where is is either recycled or excreted. Individuals who eat fewer carbohydrates and moderate quantities of good fats have been found to have improved HDL. The higher your HDL levels, the lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
• Improved Low-Density Lipoprotein, aka LDL or “bad” cholesterol – This is the number in your blood work that you want to be lower. And here’s the great news – low-carbohydrate diets have been shown to decrease the total number, AND to increase the size of the LDL particles. The higher the LDL, the higher the risk of cardiovascular disease. The size of the LDL particle is significant. Small LDL particles are associated with a higher risk of heart disease than large LDL particles.
• Benefits of Exercise – Moving regularly in any way you can helps to support your body, by increasing muscle mass and helping to burn more calories, even at rest. Moving regularly can help to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, improve your mood and help you stay on track with your healthy eating plan.