How to avoid weight gain at your next bar­be­cue

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

(NC) If you’re wor­ried about pack­ing on weight dur­ing all of your sum­mer so­cial­iz­ing, you’re not alone. With cot­tage and BBQ sea­sons in full swing, it can be hard to stay on track with healthy eat­ing habits. Reg­is­tered di­eti­tian and nu­tri­tion ex­pert, Lisa Rutledge, has the fol­low­ing three-step plan for keep­ing calo­ries in check at your next so­cial gath­er­ing:

Start small: Use a small plate when choos­ing foods. It will give you the il­lu­sion of eat­ing more food than if you use a big plate and will help you eat more slowly. Make only one trip to the snack ta­ble and dis­tance yourself from the ta­ble when so­cial­iz­ing so you’re not tempted to in­dulge in hand­fuls of potato chips or cheese-filled snacks.

Eat what you like – in mod­er­a­tion: There’s no rea­son to give up your favourites this sea­son. Af­ter scan­ning the op­tions, give yourself per­mis­sion to eat only the foods that you re­ally love and aim for a small por­tion. Crav­ing a burger? Choose a low-fat turkey slider, skip the cheese, and load it with tons of let­tuce, toma­toes and onions. Love soda pop? Rutledge sug­gests choos­ing diet ver­sions, or opt­ing for favourites like Coke mini­cans, which of­fer smaller por­tion sizes.

Opt for fresh fruit in­stead of ice cream: A small cup of ice cream is packed with about 275 calo­ries. 4 slices of grilled pineap­ple topped with cin­na­mon is only about 150 calo­ries. By fol­low­ing these easy guide­lines, you’ll be able to han­dle the next BBQ buf­fet like

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