So often, when we think about Memorial Day, our first thought is of the traditional backyard BBQ chock full of high calorie food and drinks. Americans simply have a cultural association between festivity and food. The good news is that you can still enjoy the upcoming holiday, without having to compromise your quest for a bathing suit ready body this summer. Here’s how:
Rather than kicking your heels up by the pool, find ways to keep your body active and burn calories. Why not organize a friendly competition around an outdoor group sport, such as volleyball? This is a fun way to sneak in a workout while still being social.
If you’re attending a party, offer to help the host or hostess with preparation and then assist with the cleanup afterwards. Your graciousness is sure to be appreciated and you will be occupied so that you can sidestep the pitfall of mindlessly overeating.
Avoid the high fat, high calorie food and drinks that are often associated with Memorial Day celebrations. Consuming alcoholic beverages not only adds empty calories to your diet, but it also lowers your inhibitions, which can lead to unhealthy food choices. Before you think about partaking, think about the fact that just one margarita contains approximately 800 calories!!
The traditional American BBQ usually includes some sort of salad on the side, but just because it’s called a salad, don’t assume it’s good for you. Potato and pasta salads are almost always loaded with creamy, high fat mayo or dressing. Finally, try to dodge the desserts, which usually include sugary, high fat cookies and cakes.
Choose healthy foods that nourish your body. If you’re concerned about not having any nutritious options available, than contribute some of your own healthy alternatives to the party. For the main course, chicken or fish are great high protein, low fat options. However, be cautioned that BBQ sauce can have a high sugar content, so instead opt for lemon juice and herb marinades. Rather than the heavy potato or pasta salad, your body will thank you for consuming a fresh vegetable salad with a light dressing. For dessert, create a colorful assortment of delicious, seasonal fruit.
By making a few adjustments, it’s very possible to enjoy your Memorial Day and still feel good about not having sabotaged your summer body goals. The professionals at Medifast Weight Control Centers can provide additional support to help you navigate Memorial Day and other challenges to your weight loss success. Call today for your complimentary consultation to learn more!