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Summer eating tips to avoid weight gain

Vacations, barbecues and other summer events can disrupt

Vacations, barbecues and other summer events can disrupt anyone's meal patterns and quickly add pounds. Credit: iStock

The dog days of summer could take a toll on your waistline. Dietitians from Loyola University Health System pass along these summer eating tips:

STAY CONSISTENT Vacations, barbecues and other summer events can disrupt anyone's meal patterns and quickly add pounds. Enjoy the getaways and get-togethers, but make sure to return to a steady diet plan when they're over.

BRING YOUR OWN If you're a guest at a barbecue, bring a healthy salad or vegetable side dish. This will ensure you will have a nutritious alternative that can help avoid overindulging on high-calorie foods and snacks.

WHOLE NEW BALLGAME If you're headed to a baseball game, pack some healthy snacks and juice boxes. Most food available at ballpark concession stands is laden with fat and calories.

WALK IT OFF After a heavy meal, take advantage of the summer nights and go for a stroll.

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