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The Celiac Expert

Control Your Weight on the Gluten-Free Diet

Cut the Fat

Fats have over twice the calories of protein or carbohydrates (9 calories/gram vs 4 calories/gram. One tablespoon of butter or margarine contains about 100 calories and 1 tbsp of oil about 120 calories. Watch your intake of margarine, butter, oils and salad dressings. Choose calorie-reduced, gluten-free salad dressings, try adding a little water to regular creamy salad dressings or use thinner dressings like Italian that go farther with a smaller quantity. Other tips include opting for:

  • Fat-free or low fat milk and yogurt
  • Low-fat cheese
  • Lean meats
  • Removing the skin from poultry
  • Limiting sausages, bacon, ribs, salami and other high-fat luncheon meats
  • Baking, broiling, steaming or barbecuing.

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