Celebrate Your Independence: How to eat at a 4th of July BBQ
True independence relies on not depending on another. Achieving a goal of losing weight and keeping it off, could easily fall by the wayside, especially at celebrations where the whole point is to eat, eat, eat — just like everyone else.
Here are ten, easy tips on how to eat at a Fourth of July barbecue, brought to you by Nick Kempen, Advantage Trainer at The Sports Club/LA in Miami:
- Use only half of a hot dog or hamburger bun; eat it “open face” style.
- Eliminate the bun entirely and wrap the hamburger or hot dog in lettuce! Ok to use as many lettuce leaves as you want.
- Try (BYOB) low-fat turkey burgers or chicken sausages. Only your host will know for sure.
- Drink a low-fat, high protein shake about 30 minutes before arriving so you won’t overindulge.
- Ditch the big plate and opt for one of the small, dessert plates. A full, small plate is not only smaller, but seeing it can be satisfying.
- Avoid dishes made with simple carbohydrates such as potato salads, breads, chips and pretzels.
- Stick to water; add lemon or lime to dress it up. If you choose to drink alcohol, reduce calories and avoid dehydration by alternating with bottled water.
- Eat slowly… slowly… slowly. Give your body a chance to recognize being full. Relax and focus on your time with friends and family.
- After eating, give yourself about 20-30 minutes before deciding on seconds.