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Dietitians' Stay-Slim Secrets

Registered dietitians share their tips for staying in shape.

No eating after dinner.

Drink a cup of herbal tea or decaf coffee instead, suggests Joan Salge-Blake, MS, RD, Boston University clinical assistant professor. "After-dinner calories can really add up, but if you satisfy your urge with a relaxing cup of hot tea, it is easier to resist eating extra calories," Blake says.

Modify your favorite foods and beverages

Blatner makes her own beer margaritas using light beer and fresh lime juice. When she craves tacos, pizza, or pasta, she makes her own homemade versions that are hundreds of calories lighter than most restaurant versions.

Instead of high-calorie gooey dips, American Dietetic Association president Sylvia Escott-Stump, MS, RD mixes rinsed black beans with salsa and serves with whole-grain baked tortilla chips for a high-protein, high-fiber, low-cal snack. If you are looking for a satisfying, crunchy, sweet and salty whole-grain snack, try my favorite: 100-calorie kettle corn popcorn.

Edited on October 04, 2011

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