TLC Talk (Heart Health)

TLC Talk (Heart Health)

TLC stands for a treatment program called “Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes.” This program includes a low-saturated fat, low-cholesterol diet that helps to reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, increase physical activity, and control weight. Adopt the TLC approach, and you will lower your chances of developing heart disease, heart attacks, and other heart disease complications.

If your LDL cholesterol is above your goal level, you should start on the TLC eating plan right away. The TLC diet will help to reduce your LDL cholesterol and lower your chances of developing heart disease. If you already have heart disease, it will lessen your chances of a heart attack and other heart-related problems. On the TLC diet, you should eat:

Less than 7 percent of the day’s total calories from saturated fat.

Lowering saturated fat is the most important dietary change for reducing blood cholesterol.

Less than 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day.

Just enough calories to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.