I have been avoiding my latest Inside Tracker test because my diet has not been great lately. As we joke in the office, we’re just leaning in to the “fat and jolly” part of the season. And all that is great – in moderation. Moderation is not something I’m good at. But I’m working on it.
So last week, I finally sucked it up and had my blood drawn for my Inside Tracker test. I have written about these three times before, and while I did get a discount on this test as a member of the Coeur Sports team, I was an Inside Tracker user long before I got a discount, and I’m in no way being compensated for writing this. I just really love the service.
It turns out I had no need to avoid the tests. Because while I’ve been eating garbage, I’ve also been putting good things into my body, and all my work is showing!
So my total cholesterol is looking a lot better than it was. This is something that I really struggle with, and a lot of it is due to genetics. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not something I can’t work on. The big thing here is going to be to lose weight. Right now, my weight’s up a bit (see previously mentioned “fat and jolly”) but I’m not concerned, and will get that back off in the new year.
I know that weight loss is a polarizing thing for a lot of people, and I’m not here to tell you whether or not you can be fat and healthy. But what I can say is that my numbers are not ideal, and therefore, for me, weight loss is a good idea.
Look at that HDL climb! Come on little line, you can do it. You can get into the green zone! Unfortunately, HDL is a tough one to improve. The big recommendations are:
- Lose weight
- Exercise (at least 60 minutes of moderate exercise a week)
- Avoid trans fats
Clearly, I’m trying to avoid needing medication (though it may be inevitable due to genetics). And I’m already working on the other three. So I just need to keep going.
Boom! This one makes me really happy. Look at that drop out of borderline high LDL. Okay, so it’s not a huge drop, and is just barely squeaking in, but I’m so pleased. The big change here has really been just having oatmeal every day. Yes, it’s not the most exciting food, but it’s easy, filling, and it’s helping. I’m also trying to a dose of psyllium husk every day. It’s not the most exciting, but it definitely seems to be helping.
Boom! My triglycerides are back into the green! The Lipid group is probably the part of the test that always gives me the most concern because there are some clear health issues, and I love that I have some key things to work on.
I was really expecting this to be worse, given the sugar in my diet as of late. It’s still not great, but not as bad as I thought. Guess what’s going to help here? Cleaning up my diet and losing weight, which really go hand in hand.
B12 is one that’s definitely important for athletes, and I’ve seen a solid jump here. I wish I could say that it was entirely due to diet, but it’s not. I’ve added a supplement, and I’m pleased to see that it’s put me right into the optimized zone, but not too high.
This one was a surprise. Two possibilities here. Dehydration, which is something I struggle with in the winter months. My office is freezing cold and so drinking enough water is tough. But I’m going to keep at it (and also drink a ton of herbal tea). I’m also going to add an electrolyte supplement to some of my water. Finally, I need to pay attention to the sodium levels in my food. It’s not something that I really think about save for right before and after a race – because I know that if I don’t have enough salt, I end up with a crazy headache post-race. I’m going to see where my sodium intake falls and then make some changes based on that.
So there you have it, my latest test. If you’re interested in Inside Tracker, I highly recommend you check them out. It’s a great service and their team is incredibly responsive and helpful.