Tips for Success With the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet
Use the following tips for success with
the cholesterol-lowering Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet.
Work with your doctor on a plan to lower your
cholesterol through diet.
Gather detailed, easy-to-understand
educational materials about the diet.
Gather information about
menus, cooking classes, support groups, books, and videos.
support from your family in making changes in your diet.
ahead and make realistic and customized meal plans.
Get the help of
registered dietitian if you have questions about the
Change the way you plan, prepare, and eat every
Learn how to read and understand food labels. Look for the
amount of saturated fat per serving, and determine its percentage of your total
saturated fat intake for the day. "Low-fat" does not always mean what it seems.
Some labels measure fat content by weight rather than as a percentage of the
calories in a serving.
Limit fast foods. It can be difficult to
choose a low-fat alternative.
Exercise. Always consult your doctor
before beginning an exercise program.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2005). Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol With TLC (NIH Publication No. 06-5235). Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/chol_tlc.pdf.
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