How to Find Free Low Cholesterol Diet Plans

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Millions of Americans have high cholesterol, which can lead to heart attack and/or stroke. The biggest factors in lowering cholesterol are diet and exercise. A low cholesterol diet should be low in saturated fats and refined carbs while emphasizing fruits and vegetables. There are a multitude of resources available, both online and off to help you find a diet that's right for you and make the lifestyle changes you need.

Determine what type of diet or program you would like to take part in. There are many websites on which you can find free diets and recipes. Some like sparkpeople.com ask you to create a profile and enter information. Sparkpeople allows you to take part in a community that encourages you on your progress. Other sites like the American Heart Association's website provide diet information, including recipes, without requiring you to sign in as a user. You can also use a website like mypyramid.gov. The food pyramid website allows users to create an account and plan meals for a week. Mypyramid will show you the total fat, calories, cholesterol and nutrients in each meal plan you enter.

Once you know what you want in a program, check out some of the sites listed above. Using the information you have, look over and evaluate the sites that interest you the most, pick one (or more) and evaluate them for how they fit your lifestyle. Be sure to pick a program that you will stick with. Some things you should think about are how the diet plan fits with your lifestyle, and also know that it may take several weeks before your cholesterol drops. You may wish to join one site, while still getting recipe ideas from another.

Go to your doctor or other health care provider and have your cholesterol checked again. See whether your new diet has had an effect. Talk to your health care provider about the results and see what other changes you need to make.

Tips & Warnings

  • Outside of the Internet, your doctor or health care provider would be able to provide you with a diet program that will be tailored to your specific needs. You may also go to a registered dietitian or nutritionist for help, but those professionals provide services for a fee.
  • Always talk to your doctor before beginning any fitness or diet program, especially if you have been diagnosed with a medical condition.

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