Fire It Up! Master Calories at the Grill with Retrofit Weight Loss

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To kick off barbecue season, fire up the grill this Memorial Day and rule the backyard BBQ by cutting calories with simple tips from Retrofit weight loss. Keep health sizzling and spare guests from going calorie-overboard this summer.

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“The powerful heat of the grill can be one of the healthiest ways to cook, but if you are not mindful of your selections, it can be as bad as a deep fryer,” said Retrofit Lead Registered Dietitian Amy Margulies.

To kick off barbecue season, fire up the grill this Memorial Day and rule the backyard BBQ by cutting calories with simple tips from Retrofit weight loss. Keep health sizzling and spare guests from going calorie-overboard this summer.

“The powerful heat of the grill can be one of the healthiest ways to cook, but if you are not mindful of your selections, it can be as bad as a deep fryer,” said Retrofit Lead Registered Dietitian Amy Margulies.

Margulies advises clients to choose healthy options from the low-calorie Retrofit Healthy Recipe Book and use it as a guide for seasonal recipes that can save calories and time.

Retrofit registered dietitians provide clients with reasonable ways to make small changes to cut calories that aggregate to big weight loss results. More than 90% of Retrofit clients are losing weight and 96.5% of them say they have made at least one healthy behavior change since beginning the year-long program.

The Retrofit program includes wireless monitoring of a client’s weight, activity and sleep, as well as private lessons with a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and behavior coach via Skype videoconferencing. Clients learn how to change behavior by identifying areas where small changes can be made to incorporate healthy new daily habits.

This personalized coaching approach, enabled by wireless tracking, is gaining traction. Forbes.com calls Retrofit the “front-runner in harnessing wireless and remote technology to help busy clients lose weight.” TechCrunch named Retrofit as one of the “Hottest Health and Fitness Apps” of 2012.

“Small changes can significantly cut calories,” said Margulies, who recommends the following tips for mastering the calories that can add up fast at the summer grill:

Swap a hamburger for a turkey burger. A typical 4 oz. beef hamburger on a regular bun with one slice of cheese and 1 Tbsp. of mayonnaise adds up to 620 calories. Swap the traditional burger for a 4 oz. turkey burger in a lettuce wrap with 1 Tbsp of ketchup and a low-fat cheese slice and save 410 calories.

Consider lean cuts of meat for the grill. Lighter fare includes: chicken (without skin), lean ground meat, flank steak, pork tenderloin, or low-fat sausage. Just choosing turkey sausage over Italian sausage saves 100 calories savings per 4 oz. serving (176 calories versus 288 calories).

Replace meat with veggies. Grilled vegetables or vegetable kabobs with a brushed-on marinade are great addition to your plate, or can replace the meat altogether. They add color, fiber, vitamins and nutrients. The leftovers can be thrown into a whole grain pita for a super fast and healthy lunch, which you can bring to the office.

Go super-lean for that desired six-pack: A grilled shrimp or scallop kabob, fish fillet, or fish wrapped in a foil pouch fills you with tons of satisfying, metabolism-boosting protein, without any excess fat.

Swap Cole Slaw and Potato Salad for Veggie Salad. Eat twice the portion and save 200 calories and 23 grams of fat. Regular Cole Slaw (3/4 cup serving) = 150 calories and 11 grams of fat. Potato Salad (1/2 cup serving) = 230 calories and 13 grams of fat. As an alternative, a Mixed Green Salad (1 1/2 cups) = 33 calories and zero fat. Add 1 Tablespoon low fat dressing = additional 18 calories, .5 - 1 gram of fat

“Since the summer is full of festivities and celebrations, be mindful as you begin entertaining. Remember that there is no harm in splurging once and awhile,“ Margulies said. “Enjoy being in the moment, but get right back in gear afterwards. Keep in mind that all of the social gatherings are about celebrating with your friends and family. Moments can be as delicious as food.”

About Retrofit Lead RD Amy Margulies

Amy Margulies is a licensed dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, Amy has been teaching clients about healthy eating for nearly 20 years. Her goal is to help people find realistic ways to improve their overall health, while also providing intensive nutritional counseling for those who want to lose weight. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin. She makes a mean jambalaya, and dreams of one day playing for the women's Olympic soccer team. She is currently training for her 10th marathon.

About Retrofit

Retrofit, the expert-led, data-driven weight loss program for busy professionals, is designed to deliver lasting results. Its innovative year-long program includes wireless monitoring of a client’s weight, activity and sleep, as well as private lessons with a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and behavior coach. Retrofit has raised $8 million in a Series A financing led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), bringing the total investment in Retrofit to $10.7 million. Retrofit can be found on the Web at http://www.retrofitme.com and (855) 4-RETROFIT. Follow the company on Facebook and Twitter @retrofitme.

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