Summer is for baring skin and showing off that bikini body you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Don’t let the summer cookouts and holiday BBQs be the ruin of your hot body efforts. The following diet tips for summer BBQ season will help you stay slim, trim and proud to bare skin throughout the warm weather months.
Survive summer BBQ season with these healthy diet tips
Diet tip #1: Veg outInstead of sitting down to a plate of high-calorie ribs as your first course, load up on salad and veggies before you hit the grilled meats. You’ll not only get a healthy, low-calorie dose of antioxidants, you’ll be less likely to overeat the higher calorie foods. Make eating your veggies convenient and grill them in aluminum foil alongside the other grilled goodies.
Diet tip #2: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrateDrinking a large glass of water before eating a meal will slow you down and help reduce your caloric intake. It can also help you avoid dehydration, which can sap your energy and cause false-hunger signals.
Diet tip #3: Go skinlessBefore eating, remove the skin from chicken and turkey. Additionally, choose skinless ground poultry meat for your burgers. Be sure to check the label and choose the poultry that is lowest in fat.
Diet tip #4: Watch your alcoholCold beers on a hot day go down fairly easily – but that doesn’t make them calorie- or carb-free. If you’re indulging in alcohol, it’s important to watch your carbs. To help reduce your alcohol intake, drink a glass of water in between each serving of alcohol. Also, to balance out the carbs, eat a few bites of protein for every beer or glass of wine you drink.
Diet tip #5: Don’t let the name “salad” fool youAvoid potato and macaroni salads – they are loaded in saturated fats, carbs and starches – unless you know they are chockfull of chopped veggies and have been made with a low-fat dressing. Even still, don’t overindulge on the carb-heavy fare.
Diet tip #6: Use whole wheat bunsIn addition to choosing whole wheat buns over white, eat your burger open-faced (one half of a bun) to even out your protein and carbohydrate ratio. You can also substitute pita bread for hot dog and burger buns.
Diet tip #7: Use your hand to determine portion controlJust because your plate is full doesn’t mean you need to eat it all. Use this guide to control your portion sizes:
- Size of hand: Carbohydrates (complex carbohydrates like whole grain buns, pasta, brown rice, etc.)
- Size of palm: Protein including chicken, fish, beef, turkey, egg whites, low fat cheeses, and tofu
- Size of thumb: Fats and oils, nuts, avocado and olives