What You'll Eat
Exactly what you eat is up to you, but for the diet to work, you need to follow some rules. Cut saturated fat to less than 7 percent of your daily calories—which means eating less high-fat dairy, such as butter, and ditching fatty meats like salami. Make sure you get no more than 200 milligrams of dietary cholesterol a day, or the amount in about 2 ounces of cheese. And to further drop your LDL cholesterol, add in plant stanols or sterols, which are found in vegetable oil and certain types of margarine. If you follow the diet correctly, you’ll be eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or nonfat dairy products, fish, and poultry without the skin.
Lots of online resources offer not only recipes and food guides, but tips for sticking to the TLC diet when you’re out of the house, and how to tell if you’re eating the right amount of food. Here are a few:
Last updated by Angela Haupt | January 04, 2013
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