Health by the Numbers

Before I started this Weight Loss Diary journey, my cholesterol was borderline high at 209 mg/dL (under 200 is desirable). But after 10 months of eating well and exercising regularly, my numbers have improved dramatically: My total cholesterol is now a 177 mg/dL; my HDL ("good" cholesterol) is 50 and my LDL ("bad" cholesterol) is 105. The best part is that making healthy lifestyle changes-rather than taking medication-is responsible for this positive downturn. The program works when you work it, and the proof is on the scale-and in my stellar test scores!

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