The principle of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) weight loss plan is about ensuring you have the right ratio of fats in your diet to help reduce “bad” cholesterol levels, according to BodyAndSoul.
The diet was initially developed by the National Institutes of Health in America back in 2001 to help lower LDL cholesterol.
However, optimising levels of your HDL or “good cholesterol” can, in some cases, also lead to weight loss. So, this has become one of the more popular diets because of its health benefits.
While (some) desserts are still on the menu, it’s more about number crunching to work out the percentage of fats you should be consuming each day.
It’s also about increasing the amount of fruit, vegetables and lean protein you eat on a daily basis, as opposed to keeping you hungry.
Your recommended daily calorie intake will vary depending on your height, weight and level of physical activity but generally to lower cholesterol it will be approximately 2500 calories per day for men and 1800 calories a day for women.
If weight loss is the goal, then it’s recommended to reduce calories to 1600 a day for men and 1200 per day for women.
Regardless of your daily calorie intake goals, there are some general rules to the TLC diet you can apply straight away.
You can get more details on the TLC diet here.