Top 10 Diets

#2: TLC Diet

Don't be confused -- this doesn't stand for Tender Loving Care (too bad!). If that were the case, we would all be skinny! TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes and is a diet designed to decrease your "bad" cholesterol. It is a heart-healthy diet approved by the American Heart Association to lower your risk of heart disease.
 
This plan focuses on lowering your daily intake of fats and cholesterol, and can lower your bad cholesterol by 8 percent to 10 percent in six weeks. You do need to cut out high-fat, high-cholesterol foods such as fatty meats, whole-milk dairy products, and fried foods.
 
Reading nutrition labels is essential with this diet. You are allowed 200 mg of cholesterol per day, and only 7 percent of your daily calories can come from fats. So what can you eat? This diet encourages lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nonfat dairy products, fish, and poultry.
 
If you follow this diet to lower cholesterol, men are allowed 2,500 calories a day and women are allowed 1,800 calories a day. To lose weight, lower those calories to 1,600 a day for men and 1,200 a day for women. If you are good at tracking your daily food intake and you need to lower your cholesterol, this might be the diet for you!
 
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