Waistline Survival Tips for Summer BBQ Season

As the summer weather comes along, so does a lot of social gatherings and food consumption! Here are some tips on how you can keep your waistline from expanding:

  1. Drink lots of water! Stay hydrated. Feeling thirsty means you are already feeling the effects of dehydration. A lot of people misunderstand their body and think they are hungry when in fact they are dehydrated. Pop/coffee/tea don't count! 
  2. Stick to the lean proteins (ie. Chicken, pork tenderloin) instead of some of the more fat filled options (ie. Sausages, hot dogs, burgers). 
  3. If you’re going the burger route, go homemade. Skip the boxes in the frozen food aisle and get some lean ground beef (or try ground chicken or turkey). It only takes a few minutes to prepare. They are tastier and much better for you.
  4. “Go Bunless”. A great way to save on calories is to skip the bun. 
  5. Load up on the veggies! Think about doing vegetable skewers on the BBQ. They are easy, tasty and a great way to increase your vegetable intake. (just be careful of your marinade)
  6. Bring on the summer salads. Put together a great baby spinach salad with loads of colourful veggies thrown in. Stay away from the mayonnaise heavy potato salads, macaroni salads, coleslaws, etc. They can pack a ton of calories in only a few forkfuls. 
  7. Be choosy about beverages. A lot of people sabotage their weight loss by what they drink. If you have water in one hand, you'll drink less of the other stuff!
  8. Stay away from the chip bowl! If there are foods on the table to snack on, take your conversation somewhere else. If the temptation is there, you'll eat them.
Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy the company of family and friends. Be sure to enjoy yourself while not de-railing your goals.

    Allison Amery is the co-owner of Toronto Adventure Boot Camp, a four week fitness program that excites, motivates and gets results.  For more information call 416-434-6378, email us at info@bodybyubootcamp.com or visit our website http://www.bodybyubootcamp.com/

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