Selasa, 20 Januari 2009

Cholestrol : The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet for Heart Disease

The first step to lowering your cholesterol is altering your fat intake. The TLC diet, explained below, is a great tool for cutting back on saturated fat and improving your overall cholesterol profile. For a complete description of the TLC diet, including an easy-to-use chart of food recommendations and serving sizes, visit our A-Z Health Library.

People have varying degrees of success in lowering their cholesterol by changing their diets. People who have high cholesterol because they eat too many fatty foods may be able to lower their cholesterol 10% to 20% with diet changes alone, while others may only achieve a 5% to 8% reduction. Those who are most successful using diet changes to lower their cholesterol are those who lose excess weight. Diet changes are usually the first step in lowering cholesterol before medicines are added.

The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet is recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The diet's main focus is to reduce the amount of saturated fat you eat because it elevates your cholesterol. You can reduce the saturated fat in your diet by limiting the amount of meat and milk products you consume. Choose low-fat products from those food groups instead. Replace most of the animal fat in your diet with unsaturated fat, especially monounsaturated oils, such as olive, canola, or peanut. Monounsaturated fat lowers LDL ("bad") cholesterol if it is substituted for saturated fat and keeps HDL ("good") cholesterol up.

The TLC diet calls for less than 7% of your daily calories to come from saturated fat and that you eat no more than 200 mg of dietary cholesterol per day. However, the diet allows 25% to 35% of daily calories from fat, mainly from unsaturated fat. Most of the fat should be monounsaturated, and only 10% should be polyunsaturated fat. Your diet should include only enough calories to maintain your desired weight and avoid gaining weight.

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