Benefits Of The TLC Diet


Unlike the vast majority of diets on offer, the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) Diet focuses on improving your health by lowering cholesterol. It has been tested and endorsed by the US Government and is said to lower your LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol level by up to 10% in as little as 6 weeks. It concentrates on reducing fat intake with saturated fat the main target since it is deemed to cause a rise in LDL cholesterol levels. The TLC Diet has been approved by the American Heart and involves reducing the amount of fatty meat, fried foods and whole milk dairy products you consume.

How Does It Work?

If you want to lose weight as well as lowering your LDL cholesterol level, you need to reduce your calorie intake to 1,600 a day if you’re male and 1,200 a day if you’re female. Otherwise, you are allowed up to 2,500 calories if you’re male and 1,800 calories if you’re female. Once you have set the calorie parameters, the next step is to ensure that saturated fat intake is less than 7% of your calorie total. Cholesterol intake must also be cut to less than 200 mg a day. If you follow the TLC Diet for 6 weeks and find that your LDL cholesterol level has not fallen by 8-10%, it is necessary to take 2g of plant sterols and 25g of soluble fiber per day.

Quick Overview

These are rough daily guidelines which have been provided by the National Cholesterol Education Program, the creators of the TLC Diet:

  • 5 ounces of lean meat
  • 2-3 servings of non-fat or low-fat dairy products
  • 4 servings of fruit
  • 3-5 servings of vegetables
  • 6-11 servings of wholegrains
  • 30 minutes of exercise a day

Verdict

The main plus point of the TLC Diet is its straightforward nature. It has been proven to lower cholesterol levels and reduce high blood pressure and it encourages people to read nutritional labels to understand what they are putting into their bodies. However, it is not strictly a weight loss diet so if you’re trying to shed the pounds there are better choices out there. Another problem is that you’re completely on your own and lack the guidance provided by the Weight Watcher’s Diet for example.

It can help you lose weight but the calorie restrictions in that instance seem to be extreme. Having as little as 1,200 calories a day if you’re female is not a lifestyle that can easily be sustained. Although the TLC Diet has its merits, you can lower your cholesterol level by following any sensible diet that doesn’t have the same calorie restrictions.

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