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High cholesterol and the "TLC" diet
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
Click the link to learn about the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet.

Recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the diet calls for limiting fats in your diet.

Has anyone tried?

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bobby75703 responded:
Fats are around 9 calories per gram, while carbohydrates are around half that. So cutting fats is a quick way to reduce calories.

Notice at the end of the presentation they say to limit to 2,200 calories per day. This is where the reduction in serum lipids comes from, provided a person were consuming more prior.

Cut that to 1,800 calories per day and you will see even more reductions in cholesterol, unless the liver decides to make more to compensate for any physical needs.

Who ever would have thunk that just cutting calories, no matter where they come from, can have a lipid lowering effect.
In most people it will, but if we drive down our lipids too far, the body will compensate by producing more cholesterol.
bobby75703 replied to bobby75703's response:
I personally don't associate cholesterol levels with risk for heart disease, however if a person really wants to lower their cholesterol, there is a free and simple way to do that.


Since cutting calories lowers lipids, drinking only water instead of calorie loaded drinks should have an effect on most people.

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