How to Avoid Diet Pitfalls at Summer Parties Slideshow

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1. At the Grill

Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t have a burger at your next backyard cookout. Ask for a small, three- to five-ounce patty, which will cost you about 276 calories and 13.5 grams of fat, and then skip the cheese, bacon, and other calorie-rich toppings. Or forgo the burger and choose a small grilled breast of chicken, which sets you back only 142 calories and 3 grams of fat for a boneless, skinless, four-ounce piece. 


In comparison, a 4-ounce cheeseburger will cost you 359 calories and 19.8 grams of fat before the bun (and bacon). An 8-ounce grilled sirloin? 392 calories and 16 grams of fat. Then there's the hot dog, which will add 188 calories and 12.7 grams of fat per 2-ounce dog, plus 120 calories and 2 more grams of fat for the bun.

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