June 25, 2010


Filed under: By Tamra Rosenfeld — Administrator @ 1:17 pm

Tamra Rosenfeld Tamra Rosenfeld

Summer is a difficult time to lose weight. Weekend barbeques with potato chips, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, lemonade, beer, and ice cream can add to a rapid weight gain. In addition to the high calories, many of these foods are high in saturated fat which can lead to heart disease. Here are some tips to make summertime barbeques a bit healthier.

  • Have a light snack before attending a barbeque or party. That way you won’t be starving when you get there and tempted to eat everything in site.
  • Bring something healthy such as carrots sticks with light dip, a vegetable salad, or a fruit salad – that way you know there will be a healthy option.
  • If vegetables are available load up vegetables with dip instead of potato chips and dip.
  • Choose chicken on a bun, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, or turkey hot dogs for when available. If you put pickles, ketchup, mustard, and sauerkraut on the turkey burger or turkey hot dog it may not taste as different as you think.
  • If you decide to have a hamburger or hot dog, decide which one instead of having both.
  • Choose light beer or wine spritzer (with seltzer) instead of regular beer and wine.
  • Try eating more salads that are not mayonnaise based when available.
  • Eat a larger portion of fruit salad for dessert and a smaller amount of other desserts.
  • Exercise daily – remind yourself that one hamburger is equal to at least an hour of exercise!


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