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For years, I have been explaining here that dietary fats are not a meaningful factor in heart disease (arterial disease). Your cholesterol level most likely doesn't matter either unless you have familial hyperlipidemia or diabetes. I believe those outliers skewed earlier studies.)
The smaller, more artery-clogging particles are increased not by saturated fat, but by sugary foods and an excess of carbohydrates, Dr. Chowdhury said. “It’s the high carbohydrate or sugary diet that should be the focus of dietary guidelines,” he said. “If anything is driving your low-density lipoproteins in a more adverse way, it’s carbohydrates.”
Once again, it's the carbs that are the problem. Best thing is to deal with that carb addiction.
Would like some data on people with naturally high cholesterol levels (this is someone in my family and an old friend - both young women). What about these people? Should they be ignoring the high cholesterol their bodies seem to hold onto and ignore the advice of doctors to take statins to lower these levels? Do people with a genetic predisposition toward higher cholesterol experience higher levels of heart attacks? Or heart attacks at younger ages?
No need to eliminate the bun, just ask for whole wheat or rye, i.e. more complex carbs.
The issue is overall percentage of simple carbs in your diet, not the complete elimination of them! For most "obese" Americans, the percentage is way too high (thanks to government food pyramid "stoopid"--of course they do the same with the BMI, which ignores the fact that muscle weighs more than fat!!!).
Reduce to 15% or so, of daily intake and you'll lose weight and maintain. I had to replace a perfectly good wardrobe when I did that.