The Heart-Healthy TLC Diet

Following Through

When treating high cholesterol levels, the TLC diet can be quite effective for many people. Although some people may still need to take a cholesterol-lowering medication, the TLC program is still the cornerstone to follow for lowering your cholesterol. The diet has numerous other health benefits as well, such as reducing your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and blood clots.
Although making lifestyle changes is never easy, the TLC program can help to improve your health and reduce your risk for heart disease. One way to help follow through with the diet is to keep a journal of what you eat each day, how much exercise you got in, and your daily weight. This can help you to see what foods you are eating, whether you are exercising enough, and whether your weight is in check. Having a journal can also be helpful when you go visit your healthcare provider. He or she can look at your daily record to see if you need to make any changes to your TLC program.
Because it can be difficult to make lifestyle changes, the TLC program recommends following the "SMART" approach. This includes setting goals that are "specific, measured, appropriate, realistic, and time-bound." This means that you start the TLC diet by making "specific" goals, such as walking an extra 1,000 steps a day (a number that can be "measured"). Next, don't make goals that are unrealistic or outside of certain time limits. By taking the step-by-step approach, you can follow through with lowering your "bad" cholesterol, increasing your physical activity, and keeping your weight under control.
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