Surviving That Summer BBQ

Summer is a time when we look forward to hanging out by the pool and barbecuing with family and friends. Grilling steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, potato chips, soda and potato salad while sitting by the pool and soaking up the sun sounds like a perfect day.

And as fun, as this is, we know that it can also be a challenge when you are trying to stay healthy. After all, a barbecue isn’t the ideal place you would expect to find foods that are healthy and will keep you lean throughout the entire summer.

But just because you are trying to stay healthy and eat foods that will keep you on track towards the body you are working so hard for, or to even keep the body you have worked for so far, doesn’t mean that you have to skip out on all the fun.

Top 5 tips to staying lean and healthy during the summer

  1. Stay hydrated – First and foremost, if you are going to be outside all day, in the hot sun, you must stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Make sure to drink plenty of water before you begin eating, as this will reduce your caloric intake, helping to keep you hydrated and from overeating. Above all else, avoid any alcohol being served.
  2. Portion size – If you’ve read our recent blog on portion sizes, you’d know that larger portions are common and when given the option, we often eat more than we mean to. That being said, stay conscious of how much you are consuming and what you are consuming. If you need help knowing how much to eat, use your hand. Remember, a good portion size is a fist size carbs (such as sweet potato), palm size of the protein (such as fish or chicken) and a thumb size for fats (such as avocado, oil or nuts).
  3. Lean alternatives – There are always better alternatives that you can bring to the barbecue to have cooked, or to cook if you are the one hosting. For instance, a nice piece of salmon good great on the grill, or if you prefer, chicken is another great protein. Go for meats that are lean and that are on your meal plan. If you’re really wanting a burger, trying bringing a bison burger, eating it open-faced, with no bread, or substituting the bread for lettuce. Forgo the cheese.
  4. Be mindful of the side dishes – Typically, barbecues have many sides to choose from and most of them are the kind of food you want to stay away from. And just because it is called a salad, doesn’t mean it is the healthy kind! Instead, go for grilled vegetables or bake your own sweet potato chips and bring them with you. For something sweet, try fruits like strawberries and blueberries.
  5. Play! – Our final tip shouldn’t be too hard to follow. Pool parties and barbecues are the perfect places to stay active and get moving! Not only will being active burn calories, but you also get to join in and have fun with the people you care about.

Staying on a meal plan when you are surrounded by people who do not share your goals can be a challenge, but it can be a lot easier when you have a team of people supporting you and helping you plan ahead for every meal that you eat. Our Custom Meal Plans are designed around your specific goals and can help you manage what types of foods you should eat each day and how much. You can use your Custom Meal Plan as a guide when grabbing your food off the grill at your next family BBQ.

Don’t miss out on all of the fun you could be having this summer. Relax and enjoy yourself and spend time with loved ones. Let others know about your goals so that they can be in a position to support you and keep you accountable. Stay healthy and live life!

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