The TLC Diet
TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle changes, and it refers to a program designed to help you make healthier lifestyle choices. The focus of the TLC Diet is not only on your eating habits, but also on your exercising regimen. Rather than being a diet, you can say that it aims to be more like a lifestyle. The good news is that you can follow this diet even if you have a high cholesterol and taking medication for it.
What should you eat?
Fruits. Apples, oranges, bananas, peaches and melon.
Vegetables. Broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach and other leafy greens.
Whole-wheat. Bread, cereals, pasta, rice, and other grains.
Protein. Poultry, fish, lean meat, beans and peas.
Snacks. You are allowed to eat only sweets that do not contain any amount of unsaturated fats.
For this diet to be efficient, you have to eat only a certain amount of food from each group.
What should you avoid?
Dairy. Cut off anything that has more than 1% milk fat. This includes most cheeses, cream, coffee creamers and whipped toppings from sweets.
Fatty Meats. This means no more pastrami, ribs, steak, ground meat, hot dogs, sausage or bacon.
Desserts. Try to avoid desserts that contain hydrogenated fat, whole eggs, or whole milk. Most cakes, muffins and cookies do, therefore stay away from them.
Fast Food. The TLC Diet strictly prohibits the consumption of fast food. By now you should be aware of the dangers that it poses to your health.
As you probably noticed, this aims on reducing the amount of saturated fat from your diet. By reducing the amounts of sugar and dairy from your life, you keep your cholesterol under control. For an efficient TLC Diet, pair it with regular exercise and healthy meals that do not include junk food. If you understand the dangers of certain products, you can more easily cut them out of your diet.