TLC Diet

High levels of LDL cholesterol – the so-called “bad” cholesterol – are a prime focus of the medical efforts surrounding tackling obesity, hypertension, and other weight- and diet-related issues, and there have been many diets created in an attempt to address LDL directly. While there is success to be found in a variety of approaches, the TLC diet has emerged as a true leader where quick, measurable results are concerned.

Standing for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, the TLC diet works to overlook food as a prime target for lowering LDL cholesterol levels, admitting the multifacetedness of the problem and approaching it as a true lifestyle issue instead. This has lead to great success for many people wrestling with cholesterol and weight issues, but it will take some sacrificing on your part.

Say Goodbye to Fat

Yes, you’ll be saying goodbye to the excess fat that is hiding throughout your body, but first you’ll need to say goodbye to much of the fat that finds its way onto your plate each day. The main key of the TLC diet is the severe reduction of general fat intake – saturated fat, in particular. This will mean cutting out fatty meats, fried foods, and whole-milk dairy, switching them out for more healthy options; no small task, to be sure!

Despite the immediate dietary restrictions, though, the impact of the TLC diet is usually enough to make believers out of those who try it, with lower cholesterol levels reported by nearly everyone who tries it.

How Does the TLC Diet Work?

As you take your first steps on the TLC diet, you’ll choose a reasonable daily calorie goal; if your main aim in undertaking the diet is lowering cholesterol levels, that goal will be about 1,600 calories for men, and 1,200 calories for women. This will help you to limit your portions and cut back on high-calories treats, while still leaving you with the freedom you need to indulge here and there.

The second step will require you to plan a diet that reduces saturated fat to less than 7 percent of your daily caloric intake. This usually means eliminating foods like fatty meats and whole-milk dairy from your diet altogether – a tough approach, but one that is proven to work very effectively.

Generally, if you’ve got the willpower to stick to the TLC diet plan even when times are tough and cravings are strong, you stand a good chance at seeing some real, measurable results, both in unhealthy cholesterol levels and amounts of excess body fat, making the pain well worth the gain.

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