Triglycerides are one of the types of fat that are naturally occurring in the human body. While you do need some, the problem comes when your levels get out of balance and you have a higher level than you should.
Your doctor can easily let you know whether or not your triglycerides are where they should be. If they are too high, she can also provide you with some resources for getting them back to more normal levels.
Having high levels can lead to many serious health issues like heart disease and diabetes. There may be things you can do, other than take prescription medication and have to deal with all the side effects, to lower your levels.
You can keep your cholesterol as well as triglycerides at the proper balance as well as just keep your body weight where it needs to be.
Bottom line: these tips will help you look better, feel better and get more healthy:
1. Watch how much you eat. We tend to eat portions that are too big. One of the simplest (in terms of both implementation and actually being able to stick with it) things you can do is cut back on your portion sizes.
A good rule of thumb is to keep all your portion sizes about the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand. This makes keeping track of the proper portions easier than having to pull out a scale all the time.
This is a good trick to keep in mind when you are eating out too. Most restaurant meals are the portion of 2 to 3 meals. Take home the extra so you can enjoy it another day.
Also, eat throughout the day, but make each meal you eat smaller and more nutritious. Don't eat a bunch of huge, high fat meals. Instead eat about 6 times a day and keep each meal the proper portion size and keep them loaded with fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.
A low fat diet is a very effective way to ensure that all systems are working the way they were made to work.
2. Get moving. Again, exercise is just one of those things that can help you control the fat levels in your body as well as around your middle. It just provides so many benefits.
If you are new to exercising you want to talk to your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough. And once you get the ok start small.
It will take time for these tips to start showing up in your blood tests or on the scale. You must view it as a process and not some sort of quick fix.
Be willing to start small, say take a walk everyday, then ramp things up as you get stronger.
3. Moderation in the amount of things like sugar and alcohol in your diet is another way to keep your blood levels where they should be.
No one says you can never drink or never eat a candy bar again, it's just that you need to make sure you do keep the intake of these things to a minimum.
So, if your doctor tells you that you have high triglycerides, don't panic. There are many ways you can get these levels back into the normal range. Just work with your doctor and follow these tips.