Lifetime Personal Nutrition and Exercise Plan
In this essay I will discuss high cholesterol and the effects it can have on daily activities such as diet and nutrition needs as well as exercise. I will incorporate a plan to make changes in my current diet and exercise regimen that can be started within the next thirty days and actions that will be taken to make sure each goal is met. I will detail different stages of life and how this plan can become effective for a lifetime and if not the potential risk factors that could develop if this plan is not implemented and followed.
What is Cholesterol?
"Cholesterol - A soft, waxy substance. It is made in sufficient quantity by the body for normal body function, including the manufacture of hormones, bile acid, and vitamin D. It is present in all parts of the body, including the nervous system, muscle, skin, liver, intestines, heart, etc. Blood Cholesterol - Cholesterol that is manufactured in the liver and absorbed from the food you eat and is carried in the blood for use by all parts of the body. A high level of blood cholesterol leads to atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Dietary Cholesterol - Cholesterol that is in the food you eat. It is present only in foods of animal origin, not in foods of plant origin. Dietary cholesterol, like saturated fat, tends to raise blood cholesterol, which increases the risk for heart disease." (Soanes & Stevenson, 2008)
How does your Blood Cholesterol Become High?
What you eat can raise or lower your blood cholesterol level. The average American diet of high-saturated fat, high-cholesterol foods like fatty meats, many dairy products, fried foods, cookies, cakes, and eggs contributes to high blood cholesterol. "In some countries like Japan, for example, people eat diets rich in rice, fruits, vegetables, and fish. The Japanese have lower blood cholesterol levels and lower rates of coronary heart disease than Americans. This is in part...