Dieting For Dummies
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Eating less fat is one of the easiest ways to cut calories and lose weight. If you’re looking to cut some of the fat (and therefore calories) out of your diet, follow some of these helpful hints:

  • Use fats and oils sparingly.

  • Eat plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits.

  • Choose lean or extra-lean meats, fish, and poultry, and trim off any visible fat. For beef, look for the word round or loin in the name, which indicates that it’s a lower-fat cut — such as sirloin, ground round, or top round.

  • Use small amounts of lowfat salad dressing, whipped butter or margarine, and lowfat or fat-free mayonnaise.

  • Use herbs, spices, lemon juice, and fat-free or lowfat salad dressings for seasoning.

  • Consume few high-fat processed meats, such as sausage and cold cuts.

  • Up your intake of beans, such as kidney, pinto, and Great Northern, and bean products. Not only are most of these foods nearly fat-free, but they’re also a good source of protein and fiber.

  • Choose fat-free or lowfat (1%) milk, fat-free, or lowfat yogurt, and reduced-fat or lowfat cheeses.

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Jane Kirby, RD is a registered dietitian and member of the American Dietetic Association. She is the food and nutrition editor of Real Simple magazine and owner of The Vermont Cooking School, IncTM in Charlotte, Vermont. Jane is the former editor of Eating Well magazine and the food and nuitrition editor for Glamour. She served on the dietetics staff of the Massachusettes General Hospital in Boston, where she  completed graduate work in nutrition. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marymount College.

The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest group of nutrition and health professionals. As an advocate of the profession, the ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.

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