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6 Ways to Save Calories at a Barbecue


Summertime means endless invitations to barbeques. But how can you make healthy choices when dining at other people’s homes where you can’t control the menu? I turned to my nutritionist, Keri Gans, for help navigating an August full of pool parties and cookouts. Here’s her advice:

1) If grilled chicken, shrimp, or vegetables are available, eat them!
2) When hamburgers and hot dogs are the only foods offered, it’s okay to eat one or the other, as long as you really stick to one and skip the cheese. To save calories, use an English muffin or bagel thin (if your host has them) instead of a standard bun. 
3) If you prefer to indulge in a small serving of mayonnaise-coated potato or macaroni salad go ahead, but to make up for it calorie-wise, skip the bun on your burger.
4) Corn on the cob is a great choice, but instead of slathering it with butter, squeeze a little lime or lemon juice on for flavor.
5) A good guest never arrives empty-handed. Bring a salad to the party. That way, you’re being hospitable and sticking to your diet.  
6) Avoid too many alcoholic beverages, sugary sodas, and juice. Drink light beer (check out this list of 15 bikini-friendly beers), or add seltzer to your juice or wine to cut calories in half. And drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

If you stick to these rules, you can enjoy the party without breaking the calorie bank—Keri promises. Bring on the sunshine…and the barbeques!

Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.


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