The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet is a way to eat that
lowers cholesterol. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, which can
reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart problems.
The TLC diet calls for:
Less than 7% of daily calories from saturated
No more than 200 mg of dietary cholesterol a
25% to 35% of daily calories from fat, mainly from unsaturated
fat. Most of the fat should be monounsaturated, and only 10% should be
The TLC diet is part of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes program,
which aims to lower cholesterol through diet, exercise, weight loss if needed,
and other changes, such as quitting smoking. It is recommended by the National
Cholesterol Education Program of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
The Health Encyclopedia contains general health information. Not all treatments or services described are covered benefits for Kaiser Permanente members or offered as services by Kaiser Permanente. For a list of covered benefits, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or Summary Plan Description. For recommended treatments, please consult with your health care provider.