How to avoid weight gain at your next barbecue
(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