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TLC Diet

Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease with one of the best diets of the year!

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Created by the National Institutes of Health’s National Cholesterol Education Program, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet (TLC) is a low-fat diet designed to lower cholesterol and lower cardiovascular disease risk.

The TLC diet stresses cutting fat, especially saturated fat, which can raise bad cholesterol levels and your risk of heart attack and stroke. Daily dietary cholesterol is also limited and more fiber is encouraged which helps manage high cholesterol in those that already have it.

  • Endorsed by the American Heart Association
  • Great for your heart and cholesterol
  • Lowers cholesterol and cardiovascular risk
  • Safe for all ages
  • Fits national standards for a heart healthy diet
  • Freedom to choose foods you enjoy
  • Not designed for weight loss
  • Must be able to decode nutrition labels
  • Menu is left entirely up to dieter

The TLC diet begins by choosing your target calorie level: 2,500 per day for men and 1,800 for women. Then, limit saturated fat to less than 7 percent of those daily calories. Consume no more than 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day.

After six weeks, if your LDL cholesterol hasn’t dropped by 8 to 10 percent, add 2 grams of plant stanols or sterols and 10 to 25 grams of soluble fiber each day, which help block the absorption of cholesterol.

Choose a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low to nonfat dairy products, fish, and lean proteins. Limit or eliminate butter and oil. Meals are entirely up to the dieter, but sample meal plans are available.


Exercise is not a part of the TLC diet.


The TLC diet is a great diet for your health and heart. While it seems common knowledge that to lower cholesterol, lower the amount of fat you eat, but the combination of specific calorie and saturated fat levels gives structure to those who need parameters.

Common Misspellings

tlc diet, theraputic lifestyle changes diet, therapeutic life style diet, theraputic life style diet

Related Diets: Ornish Diet, DASH Diet

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Thank you for this very informative article. Although you state that there may be better diets than the tlc diet plan if your goal is to lose weight, what good is it to lose weight if you become sick or unhealthy in the process. I prefer a plan like the tlc diet for weight loss in which you can lose weight while focusing on improving your overall health simultaneously.

posted Apr 8th, 2015 4:05 am


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