Eight Tips to Help You Stay on Track at Summer BBQs

  • Posted on May 26, 2023 at 2:30 pm
Posted in Burn Fat and Feast
Staying on track at Summer BBQs

Staying on track with your healthy lifestyle goals can be challenging, especially during summer BBQs where tempting treats and indulgent foods are abundant. However, with a little planning and mindful choices, you can still enjoy yourself while staying on your healthy journey. Here are eight tips to help you stay on track at summer BBQs:

  1. Plan ahead: Before attending the BBQ, check if there are any healthier food options available or if you can bring your own. Planning your meals in advance allows you to make healthier choices and avoid mindless snacking on unhealthy options.

  2. Fill up on healthy options first: Start your meal by filling your plate with healthier options such as salads, grilled vegetables, lean proteins like grilled chicken or fish, and fresh fruits. By starting with these nutritious choices, you'll be less likely to overindulge in less healthy options later.

  3. Watch portion sizes: Be mindful of portion sizes and avoid going back for seconds. Take smaller portions and savor the flavors of each dish. This way, you can enjoy a variety of foods without overdoing it.

  4. Be mindful of sauces and dressings: BBQ sauces, marinades, and dressings can add a significant amount of calories, sugars, and unhealthy fats to your meal. Opt for lighter options or use them sparingly. Alternatively, try using fresh herbs, spices, or a squeeze of lemon or lime for added flavor.

  5. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially during outdoor events in the summer heat. Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger, leading to unnecessary snacking. By staying hydrated, you can better manage your appetite and make mindful food choices.

  6. Practice moderation with desserts: Indulging in a sweet treat is part of the BBQ experience, but try to practice moderation. Instead of loading up on multiple desserts, choose one small portion of your favorite treat and enjoy it mindfully.

  7. Engage in active socializing: Instead of focusing solely on the food, engage in conversations, play games, or participate in activities to keep yourself occupied and less likely to graze on unhealthy snacks. Additionally, consider taking a walk or playing a sport after the meal to stay active and burn some calories.

  8. Limit your alcohol consumption: Alcohol is often a big part of BBQs, but it can be high in calories and can also lead to poor food choices. Try to limit your alcohol consumption and consider alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages: For every alcoholic drink you have, follow it up with a non-alcoholic one like water, sparkling water, iced tea or a mocktail. Not only will this help reduce your alcohol intake, but it will also keep you hydrated and refreshed.

Remember, one BBQ gathering won't make or break your healthy journey. It's all about finding a balance and making consistent choices that align with your goals.

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