TLC Diet Review

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TLC Diet
Review

by George Pierce

George Pierce
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The TLC Diet has been voted #2 diet in 2017
and #5 diet in 2018 in the Best Diets Overall category by US. News

TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyles Changes.  
 
The TLC diet is intended to help cut high cholesterol.  

The National Cholesterol Education Program of the U.S. National Institutes of Health recommends the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet.  It is endorsed by the  American Heart Association.

What is the TLC Diet?

The TLC Diet focuses on your intake of saturated fats and your avoiding trans fats. 
It is OK to get 25% to 35% of our daily calories from fat.  This should be primarily from unsaturated fat.  This means a reduction in fats that are considered unhealthy such as animal protein, dairy, and red meat.

You begin by determining your caloric intake which is about 2500 for men and 1800 for women.  If you want to lose weight, set your caloric goal at 1800 for men and 1600 for women.   You then set your saturated fat intake to less than 7% by calories and your dietary cholesterol to no more than 200 mg per day.  The plan includes 30 minutes of exercise per day.  

After six weeks, you should see an 8 to 10% drop in your cholesterol level.

Does It Work?


It should work at lowering your cholesterol.  As far as weigh loss, any diet that reasonably lowers caloric intake and includes exercise should relate to weight loss. 

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Positives:

You should not be hungry, the diet is based on lots of fruits and vegetables which provide fiber and a feeling of fullness.
You can expect to lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol by 8 to 10% in six weeks without medication.  
The TLC Diet is heart healthy.
The TLC Diet is endorsed and recommended by the American Heart Association.
The TLC Diet is endorsed by the NIH.  


Negatives:

You have virtually no support.  
Except for the TLC Guide by the NIH, which contains a few meal plans, there are no TLC recipes.
The TLC Diet is not convenient.


Is the TLC Diet right For You?

You will be limited to about 5 oz. of meat per day, no more butter, no fast food, and will need to give up greasy foods.  There are however, lots of delicious substitutes. Sweets will also need to be replaced with foods such as non fat yogurts, Popsicles, and low fat sorbets.  

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Conclusion:

Although the TLC diet is heart healthy and voted #2 by US News, I am not giving it a high recommendation. 

WHY?   

I feel that it is a rather difficult diet to implement and maintain.  Any diet that lowers calories should help you to lose weight, so I feel that you have many other good choices that are also healthy, but easier to work with and to live with, with lots more resources.

In addition, 25% of the cholesterol in our body is our brain.   An NIH study on Alzheimer's of 185 elderly people without Alzheimer's revealed a surprising result..."Better memory functioning associated with higher total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in very elderly subjects without the apolipoprotein e4 allele".  In other words," the best memory function was observed in those with the highest levels of cholesterol. Low cholesterol is associated with an increased risk for depression and even death."--Dr. David Perlmutter MD.


Resources:

FREE NIH Guide:


NIH TLC Diet Guide to lowering
cholesterol

NIH Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol With TLC.  
An 85 page guide to saving your life!

Click Here for your free PDF copy.

Thank you for reading, my friends, much success with your weight loss quest.

Kindest regards,
George Pierce
Founder Win At Losing Weight

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