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Losing Weight

If you need to lose weight while on kidney dialysis treatment, there are many ways to do it. Fad diets have not been shown to work. Your best bet is to talk with your dietitian about what has and has not worked for you. He or she can help you find a way to reach your weight loss goal and stay healthy at the same time. In the meantime, here are some tips to reduce calories for kidney disease patients. Which ones do you want to try?

  • Order salad dressing on the side. Dip your fork in the salad dressing; then spear a lettuce leaf to save 3 to 5 teaspoons of fat.
  • Chill gravies, sauces, and soups, then remove the hardened fat—or use a fat separating ladle.
  • Buy lean cuts of meat and try roasting, broiling, or grilling to cut fat.
  • Watch serving sizes on breads, chips, and crackers—if you stick to one serving, you can still have my treat, and save lots of calories.
  • Have just one cookie or a thin sliver of cake or pie. Sometimes a small treat can head off a big binge. If you have diabetes, learn what foods make your blood sugar go up, and choose options that do not.
  • Plan for dessert once or twice a week, and look forward to it!
  • Bake onion rings, chicken, and fish instead of frying them. Try butter-flavored cooking spray to add fried flavor.
  • Poach chicken or fish in wine, water, or homemade low-salt broth.
  • Avoid creamed, fried, scalloped, au gratin, or battered vegetables—instead, try steaming, stewing, or boiling them, and seasoning with fresh herbs, Mrs. Dash®, lemon juice, or vinegar.
  • Eat just the filling and skip the crust when you have pie - the crust is where most of the calories are. Fruit pies are healthier than cream pies.
  • Drink water instead of soda (within your limits).

Content from Kidney School, a program of the Medical Education Institute, Inc.