8 Things to Remember at a Barbecue Outing While on a Diet


When you have committed yourself to a diet and fitness program, one of the hardest things to do is to control yourself in front of friends that have an insatiable appetite and do not understand your compulsion. They will laugh or ridicule every effort of yours and try to make you break your commitment. That is why you should try every way to stick to your resolution. Choosing good friends to hang out with that don’t sabotage your efforts could be one of the best things you could do. Here are 8 things you could try at a barbecue outing.

1) Don’t Forget to Carry a Healthy Side-Dish

Choose the ingredients of your side dish carefully so that they are full of healthy foods. Carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflowers and kale accompanied with a healthy sauce like salsa or a dip like hummus makes a great combination.

2) Protein is a Good Bet.

One great way to stick with a good diet is to choose only the protein content such as steak, pork, chicken, hamburgers or fish, and leave out the rest. Refusing the bun and fries is a good choice that will pay dividends in the long run. Proteins accelerate your digestion and help avoid starches and sugar, so make every effort to avoid refined carbs and sugars.

3) Avoid Excess Flavorings

It is best to do without any condiments at all. If you must, use calorie free mustard. If you hate mustard, try any other sauce or better still, avoid any flavoring that makes it best of all.

4) Cut out Starchy Foods

Take care to replace baked beans, chips, potato salad and coleslaw with sides like grilled vegetables, pickles, sweet potatoes or just corn. Onions, tomatoes and lettuce topped with a choice meat related dressing make a great combination.

5) Opt for Low Calorie Salad Dressings

This should be standard practice for weight watchers. Take care to avoid all starches and sugars in salad dressings and sauces.

6) Prefer Berries to Ice Cream

Everyone knows that ice cream piles on the pounds, so choose blueberries or cranberries instead. Opting for pineapple is another good choice, as it will help digest heavy meal due to healthy enzymes present in the syrup. Carry it from home.

7) Carry your Personal BBQ Sauces

Nearly all BBQ sauces are loaded with sugars and refined molasses. Choosing healthier sauces by looking at their ingredients is a wise move. You will find them in the health section of the store.

8) Don’t Forget the Beans

Since the majority of canned beans are found swimming in sugary or flavored sauces, this is not a healthy choice at all. Try to carry green beans sauted in olive oil, flavored with pepper and salt. They are not only healthier to eat but are easier to digest as well and are full of protein and low level carbs.

Now that you know exactly what to do when invited to a BBQ outing with family or friends, don’t hesitate to carry something healthful of your own to the meal setting. It might impress others to choose a healthier lifestyle too.

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