Ten months later my Chol was 189, LDL 125. Those are good numbers, they don't merit statins.
I didn't change much between those two tests. The main difference is I weigh about 15 lbs less now than in 2009 , but that just moved me from the high end to the low end of recommended weight for my height and build. My diet isn't dramatically different.
I really wouldn't expect that modest weight reduction to make a large difference in lipid levels. If I'd thought the effect was this big I would have dropped the weight years ago.
Weird. It's just another anecdotal "n of 1" data point, but it reinforces my suspicion that we still don't understand the basics of human metabolism very well.
 Thanks to the radical "eat substantially less" diet. I'm a forager, it's relatively easy for me to both lose and gain weight.