Well guys, I've been dieting pretty well for 5 months. Very low carb <25 grams of carbs a day. in those 5 months, I've had 3 days where I wasn't low carbing.
I got my NMR lipoprofile test after eating low carb and cleanly for 5 weeks. The results came in. I gotta be honest, I'm completely baffled by the results.
Can you help explain these results to me? (PM me if you want the entire PDF of results, just don't want to post it online completely haha)
And my diet consists of mostly fat as Phinney suggests. And veggies of course. I am pretty obsessive over what I eat.
Also, a previous test says my C-Reactive Protein is less then .5 or something. Basically incredibly low so that's a good sign.
But I was expecting phenomenal levels for these.
This is the number that completely caught me off guard. My LDL-P, the most important number, its through the roof bad.
LDL-P 3132 !!!! (>2000 is highest risk)
LCL-C 323 (>189 highest risk but not concerned about this number)
HDL-C 63 (This is really good >40)
Trig 62 (Also very good <150)
Total C 398
HDL-P 28.4 (Not sog good. average is >30.5)
Small LDL 217 (average is <527)
LDL Size 21.7 (Good is >20.5 for large pattern A)
Large VLDL-P 0.9 (Very good. <.9 is lowest percentile)
Small LDL-P 217 (Somewhere around 30% percentile which is decent)
Large HDL-P 8.5 (>7.3 is highest percentile in favor of sensitivity so this is good)
VLDL Size Unknown - "VLDL concentration too low to allow determination of VLDL Size. Low VLDL concentration contributes minimally to the LP-IR score."
LDL Size 21.7 (>21.2 best percentile)
HDL Size 9.2 (50th percentile)
LP-IR Score 15 (best score is less than 27, worst is over 63 - so this is excellent)
The full PDF has reference numbers and percentiles and what not.
Can someone explain why my fairly simple diet, which consists of things like ribeye steaks - plain, salmon - butter and herbs, chicken (usually stir fried), and various low carb veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, avocado, artichokes, etc, is not working? Why is my LDL-P so high!!! It goes against every study I've read on ketogenic/low carb high fat diets improving these numbers.
I understand that my particle sizes are great. But using the vehicle/passenger analogy of cholesterol, the number of passengers is irrelevant. Its the number of vehicles that cause congestion. So 100 cars with 1 passenger each is worse than 1 bus with 100 passengers. In my case, it's like I have 500 buses with 100 passengers each! What's going on here?! I'm kind of freaking out here. Mostly cause I really was expecting superb numbers. And I was planning to write this long blog post to try to convince my friends and family that my diet is not only working for my weight loss (which has been a success now that I'm at 12.2% body fat) but for cardiovascular risk factors. Now I have no credibility
Edit: I've attached screenshots of the important parts of the results document.
Edit 2: I also supplement with 2000mg a day of EPA/DHA omega 3. I stopped supplementing with 1-a-days for now since I noticed a blood sugar spike when taking them.
Edit 3: In case you wonder why I dwell on LDL-P so much: http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/the-s...ol-part-vi