It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means BBQ season has begun! Though most people look forward to the fun of summer, it can also be a trying time for anyone trying to lose weight or stay on top of weight loss maintenance. Fortunately you can still enjoy your holiday and stay on track with your wellness goals with these five tips to enjoy Memorial Day weekend without gaining an ounce.
Be selective about your starches
Avoid that lethargic, you can barely move “carb coma” feeling you get when you overindulge in starches. Cookouts tend to have a wealth of starches to choose from — potato salad, corn, buns, macaroni salad and more. The smart move is to focus on your favorite, enjoy it in moderation, and leave the others for another time. Fill the rest of your plate with veggies, fruits, and lean protein.
Pick your protein carefully
Speaking of protein, save yourself a lot of calories and fat by opting for a lean protein. Choose from tasty options like grilled turkey or chicken breast, veggie burgers (ideally those with veggies and legumes on the ingredient list), and lean seafood like salmon or shrimp. Add flavorful garnishes like salsa, avocado, or hummus.
Have fun and move!
We all know that weight loss and maintenance is easier with a combination of healthy diet and exercise. When you’re enjoying your BBQ and the company of friends and family, don’t forget to move. You can play games with everyone, go for a walk or bike ride, or do any other physical activity that you enjoy.
Keep an eye on the alcohol
Cocktails, beer, and wine can be a big temptation during holiday gatherings. Of course, you can enjoy alcohol in moderation. Just be aware of your intake, as intoxication can lead you to eat more than you usually would (and even foods you wouldn’t eat when sober). Plus alcoholic beverages can be sneaky sources of calories and sugar, too!
Whether you are enjoying a festive cocktail or your favorite picnic foods, make sure you drink enough water. When drinking alcohol, alternating water with drinks can help you keep your intake in check. Staying hydrated will also help you to flush out the excess sodium we often eat at BBQs.
I hope these tips will help you to have a healthy and fun Memorial Day weekend! Stay blessed!