: Always consult a physician before attempting any exercise plan, or before changing your diet.
Step 1: Limit fat intake and avoid trans fats Read nutrition labels. Eat low fat foods, which contribute to your cholesterol more than anything else. Avoid trans fats – hydrogenated fats found in margarine, shortening, and many baked goods.
TIP: Less than 1% of your diet should be from trans fats.
Step 2: Limit cholesterol intake Maintain a low-cholesterol diet, with no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day.
TIP: Cholesterol is found only in food from animal sources.
Step 3: Include fiber in your diet Eat high-fiber foods. Good sources of fiber include oats, dried beans, fruits, and vegetables.
Step 4: Exercise Get plenty of exercise. Physical activity can increase HDL – good cholesterol – and lower LDL – bad cholesterol.
Step 5: Consult your doctor Ask your doctor about any additional steps you should take to lower your cholesterol, such as statin drugs or fish oil supplements.
Step 6: Get blood lipid tests Get regular blood lipid tests to track your progress.
FACT: In 2009, a study found a link between tail-chasing in dogs and high cholesterol.