turnin: I've never had a weight issue as such, I have always been fairly active with sports etc but what snuck up on me was cholesterol.
My doctor put me on statins ( aged 39 at the time), within 3 days I couldn't walk up a set of stairs, I had dizzy spells ,could not balance and my memory turned to mush.
I quickly figured out it must be the Statins, the internet confirmed it too, but my doctor argued it could not be and to stick with them.
I changed doctors as a result of that, my new doctor who can think outside the realm of writing prescriptions said "if you really want to reduce cholesterol, stop eating animal proteins"
That's turned out to be the best advice I'd ever had, I became a vegetarian, stopped eating dairy and planted a vege garden.
I had another test 3 months later, was well below the average.
It often depends on the statins. I had one kind prescribed and my short term memory went on holiday.
Swapped to another 12 months later on the advice of a specialist and hey presto, an improvement (my STM was buggered in 06 by 8.5 hours of open heart surgery on a perfusion machine so isn't likely to return to what it was pre-op).
As far as cholesterol goes, I get checked regularly and the nurse said of my most recent test that it was all 'perfect' and 'the best results I have seen in a patient in ages' so yay. It works.
I'd take barrow loads of pills before I'd stop eating meat. If god meant man to live on vegetables he would have made them taste like meat...!