Weight-loss Challenge: Stock only low-fat dairy

Jan. 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM ET

Getting rid of full-fat dairy products and replacing them with low-fat or fat-free choices saves you major calories, not to mention a whole lot of unhealthy saturated fat.

So stock your fridge with skim or 1 percent milk, nonfat yogurt, reduced-fat cheese, and light sour cream. If you typically splash cream or whole milk in your morning coffee, try evaporated skim milk instead. (Soy milk and unsweetened almond milk are good options, too.) This gives you wiggle room to enjoy the occasional full-fat versions when you’re dining out and don’t have the option for, say, low-fat cheese.

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