HealthSlash cholesterol levels with 5% weight loss and resistance training

Slash cholesterol levels with 5% weight loss and resistance training

Slash cholesterol levels with 5% weight loss and resistance training
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4:48 PM EST, January 16, 2024

Weight loss can enhance lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity, thereby reducing the production of LDL, also known as bad cholesterol.

Exercise can expedite the process through which the body eliminates excess cholesterol, as Nekonam pointed out in her conversation with

Research findings suggest that even a minor weight loss—as little as five percent of one's initial weight—can significantly improve overall cholesterol levels and elevate the levels of beneficial lipoproteins.

Nekonam thinks the ideal workout for those who desire to lower their cholesterol levels involves losing five percent of their body weight through resistance training.

What exactly is resistance training?

Resistance training or strength training refers to exercises performed against a force. This force could stem from weights, resistance bands, strength machines, or interestingly, even your own body weight.

These workouts help build and maintain muscle mass, increase bone mineral density, enhance metabolic and cardio-respiratory functions, and aid with daily activities.

One crucial point to bear in mind is the importance of proper technique when exercising. A wrong approach could lead to injury. Hence, beginners should always seek professional advice for the correct execution of specific exercises.

The effect of weight loss on cholesterol

The period required to lower cholesterol levels can vary based on several factors such as:

- Initial cholesterol levels,

- General health status,

- Genetic factors,

- Lifestyle and types of changes implemented,

- Prior medical interventions.

To ensure that cholesterol reduction is enduring, it's vital to cultivate a healthy diet: minimize the consumption of saturated fats, trans fats, and salt while increasing fiber and fish intake.

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