Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet (TLC)

The TLC diet, or Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet (TLC), is a program endorsed by the American Heart Association for the reduction of risk for cardiovascular disease. It focuses on severely limiting one’s intake of fats and cholesterol.

Under the TLC diet, one should consume less than 200mg of cholesterol and 2400mg of sodium. This means only 25-35% of a day’s total calories may come from fat, and less than 7% of those from saturated fat. The diet was developed for cardiovascular health; however, it is possible to lose weight on the diet if calorie intake is calculated correctly.

Because the diet is based on percentages, actual amounts will vary for each person. Therefore, you are advised to consult a registered dietitian before beginning the TLC diet.

For more information, please visit:
TLC guidelines from the NIH
Learn more about life on the TLC diet from US News