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9 ways to cut Thanksgiving calories

By Adam Carlson, Special to CNN
updated 7:55 AM EST, Thu November 22, 2012
Thanksgiving means family -- and food. Despite our best intentions, good eating habits are often forgotten during the holiday festivities. <a href='http://walking.about.com/library/cal/blthanksgivingcalories.htm' target='_blank'>Estimates</a> <a href='http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-11-23/entertainment/27082088_1_calories-thanksgiving-sweet-potatoes' target='_blank'>clock</a> the calorie count of the average holiday dinner between 3,000 and 4,500 calories. There's good news, though: With these tips from <a href='http://www.tops.org/default.aspx' target='_blank'>TOPS</a>, a nonprofit weight loss organization, Thanksgiving dinner won't be a total diet downfall. Thanksgiving means family -- and food. Despite our best intentions, good eating habits are often forgotten during the holiday festivities. Estimates clock the calorie count of the average holiday dinner between 3,000 and 4,500 calories. There's good news, though: With these tips from TOPS, a nonprofit weight loss organization, Thanksgiving dinner won't be a total diet downfall.
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The truth about Thanksgiving calories
Eat beforehand
Cook smart dishes
Bring smart dishes
Avoid alcohol
Choose wisely
Forget fried foods
Trick your mind
Be generous with leftovers
Consider an after-dinner 'alternative'
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