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Tips for a healthy, yummy, skinny 4th of July BBQ!

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healthy 4th of july dessertHappy Monday!  4th of July is around the corner!  As we American’s celebrate our independence, let’s not go overboard and throw our bikini bodies out of the window.  Here are some 4th of July healthy BBQ tips from Darya Rose at summertomato.com.  I also designed a custom workout for you to do on Independence Day.  It doesn’t take too much time.  So just wake up, sweat and head to your BBQ!

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6 Tips for not regretting your 4th of July BBQ

1. Use small plates
Research clearly shows that people who choose smaller plates and utensils eat less without even noticing it. The difference can be as substantial as 50% fewer calories consumed, yet everyone reports the same level of fullness and satisfaction. Try borrowing a plate from the kids table or the dessert tray.
2. Eat slowly and mindfully
People who eat more slowly eat fewer calories over the course of a meal. BBQs are a perfect opportunity to pace yourself as you mix and mingle with friends and family. The more you’re chatting, the less you’re eating.
3. Eat healthiest foods first
If you are eating slowly and off small plates, you may as well fill up on the healthiest stuff first. Salads are a great place to start because watery vegetables slow digestion and have very few calories. Try to choose something with oil and protein as well, because these will help you feel full sooner.
4. Skip the chips, crackers and bread
Refined carbohydrates are the worst things you can eat because they offer little satisfaction, loads of calories and dangerous insulin spikes. BBQs are filled with wonderful food, so do yourself a favor and save your calories for the really good stuff.
You don’t have to eat your burger without a bun, but pass on the pointless chips and other snacks that lure you when you’re not thinking. If you’re feeling bored, grab a Frisbee instead.
5. Keep dessert small
The difference between a large slice of cake and a smaller slice of cake can literally be hundreds of calories. And to reiterate, sugar and refined carbohydrates are the most dangerous foods. You don’t have to pass on dessert completely, but keep your portion sizes in check for this course.
6. Think before you drink
There is a place for alcohol in a healthy lifestyle, but making smart choices can be the difference between losing or gaining weight (not to mention your self-control). One sugary margarita can have 600-800 calories. That means 3 margaritas is more food than you should be consuming in an entire day. Is that really worth it? Stick with wine or beer, drink plenty of water and remember to pace yourself.

Happy 4th of July!  Lots of luv,  Brit

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Author: Brit

I'm an entrepreneur, blogger and fitness instructor energized by FIERCE fitness, family, sunshine and hard work. Thanks for checking out my blog!

8 thoughts on “Tips for a healthy, yummy, skinny 4th of July BBQ!

  1. We love, love, love your rendition of the American flag! What a tasty way to be patriotic! 🙂

  2. Great blog Brit! I shared a link to it with my clients!

  3. Wow! thank you for this! Well, those who are really into “dieting” hate holidays like the 4th of July, for some big reason: IRRESISTIBLE FOOD! Your tips are really enlightening and it is a creative yet practical way to enjoy eating on the Holidays but still get in line with your diet.

  4. Hey great workout! How many calories would you burn by doing this workout 6 times? Thanks so much!

    • Hey! I would estimate that each time through the circuit burns about 50-70 calories. SO if you completed it 6 times, it may take you about 30 minutes and you could expect to burn 300-350 calories. All the best! 😉

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