Finding myself on the wrong side of fat and 40, and still unable to stick to a good diet and exercise plan, I knew I was asking for trouble. It’s not as if I hadn’t tried fat loss diets before. The problem with most people like me is that we’re genetically programmed to be unable to stick to diets that involve sacrifice. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a diet that did not involve giving up tasty food, and yet kept bad cholesterol away?
Types of Fitness and Health Apps in the Market
Searching for this holy grail of food regimens led me to some fast talking, smoothly advertised health and fitness apps. Some of these apps wanted me to write a daily journal, list out what I was eating, and then they’d tell me how many nutrients my food contained. This left me to discover bad foods on my own. I wasn’t a food scientist. Why were these apps loading my head with useless information?
Other apps told me that high intensity workouts would help me reduce fat in no time. Because I’ve had a busy desk job for the last 20 years, I don’t believe that would have been possible for me. There were still other apps offering to motivate me to exercise with music. Though I can shake a leg for 30 seconds, I don’t think I’d have lasted 30 minutes, which is the amount of daily exercise they recommended. There were still other apps that asked me to buy heart rate monitors and fitness trackers which they could sync up with, and give me information about key wellness indicators.
Cholesterol Down on the Go
During my research, I came upon a harmless looking app called ‘Cholesterol Down on the Go’ on Google’s Android Play Store. The premise sounded interesting: ‘10 Simple Steps to Lower Cholesterol in Just 4 Weeks without Prescription Drugs’. The terms simple seemed to match the app’s sleek, lightweight design. At least they weren’t indulging in ‘in-your-face-marketing’, I thought.
The interesting part about this app is that it’s based on the Best Selling Book, ‘Cholesterol Down’ by Dr. Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RDN, FAND, LDN. Dr. Janet is a highly regarded international nutrition and fitness expert and she has won acclaim for a breakthrough plan to reduce cholesterol, and which works.
Dr. Janet’s Certified Nutritionist Recommendations
In her book, Dr. Janet describes in detail about why “eating whole grains helps reduce LDL cholesterol in your bloodstream, why antioxidants keep plaque from building up in your arteries, how certain steps change the structure of LDL cholesterol particles (and why it’s best for them to be large and fluffy), and why walking just thirty minutes a day lowers “bad” cholesterol and cuts dangerous belly fat”. She also provides daily food checklists, a 6-month tracker for LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol), methods to assess risk levels for heart disease, sample weekly menus, as well as carefully curated delicious recipes from the Mediterranean diet.
Based on the Mediterranean Diet
Now research has shown that the most efficient food regimen for losing fat turns out to be the Mediterranean diet. What this means is that you eat a lot of fresh fruits, healthy plant-based foods, and seafood. You are also allowed to consume red wine, albeit, in moderation.
The Mediterranean diet is an ages-old regimen that has been practiced in the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The broad category of foods is clear – fresh fruits, nuts such as walnuts and almonds, legumes such as pea, lentils, whole grains, olive oil, and shellfish. Embracing the Mediterranean lifestyle is all about making simple incremental changes in your eating habits and activity levels. These changes will have a lasting effect on your health and longevity.
It is no accident that Dr. Janet is universally recognized as one of the few global experts on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. The benefits of the Mediterranean diet are many. Studies have shown that Mediterranean foods protect against the risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, ease depression, improve athletic performance, bone health, digestion, skin health, well-being, vitality, and longevity. They also help you acquire and maintain a healthy weight and counter the decline of brain function.
Combining Food with Exercise
With this background in mind, Dr. Janet, thankfully, does not reproduce her entire book and volumes of knowledge in her app. Instead she targets the foods that are known to reduce and counter bad cholesterol. To lower bad cholesterol in your body, it is necessary to consume good cholesterol every day. The app attempts to ensure that you eat a handful of nuts, and some flax seeds or chia seeds every day. These are high in plant-based omega-3-fats and help fight the deposition of bad cholesterol in various places in your body. She recommends that you log ten such items in the app interface daily.
Further, one such element of her 10-step plan is that you walk for a minimum of 30 minutes every day. A movement tracker helps log in the minutes you’ve walked in a day to calculate roughly the amount of mild exercise you perform.
Daily Logs and Trackers In Built
Regularity in any cholesterol reducing meal plan and exercise plan that you commit to is of vital importance. Your body needs to get used to a routine of activity and healthy foods before it gets the message to burn off extra calories, detox your body, and leaves you feeling fresher, cleaner, and fitter. PC Mag mentions stand-alone activity tracking apps such as Runtastic, Endomondo and MapmyFitness. However, I found these activity trackers to be restricted in their applicability.
Cholesterol Down on the Go doesn’t count the nutrients in the foods that you ate. Instead it recommends exactly what foods you should eat and why. These foods are easily available at very economical costs and do not need to be bought from specialty medical stores. The app also gives you hearty, healthy and fun recipes to let you prepare delicious and fulfilling meals with just a few basic healthy items in mind. If you’re looking to lower cholesterol, however, Dr. Janet recommends no full-fat dairy, no red meat, no processed grains, and a total ban on high sugar, high fat, and high sodium content.
Priced at Just $4.99
At a measly $4.99 for a one-time purchase with full access, ad-free content, and simple unambiguous navigation, this app is certainly worth your time. Check out Google’s PlayStore or Apple’s iOS store for Cholesterol Down on the Go today!