While barbecues make for fantastic outdoor parties, they can seriously sabotage your goal to trim your waist, or keep it trim. According to a new survey conducted by Forza Supplements, people are more likely to binge at barbecues than at any other meal.
Forza surveyed 1,000 people across the United Kingdom through an online questionnaire about what they ate at a typical barbecue outing. The results showed that, on average, each person consumed approximately 3,000 calories per barbecue attended – a full 50% (1,000 calories) more than the recommended daily allowance.
Why so much? It seems many folks treat cookouts/barbecues the same as they do all-you-can-eat buffets. A little over half those surveyed admitted to doubling back for second servings and some for even more than that.
It is really ease to lose track of calories when returning for seconds or thirds, especially if these are spaced out over a period of time. Add in snacking while waiting for the meats to come off the grill – not to mention any drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) you may have and you have a recipe for diet disaster. If you happen to be invited to, and attend, more than one barbecue over the long Labor Day weekend, the calorie count could quickly amount to at least a week’s recommended allowance in just three days.
Without being rude to your hostess(es), how can you approximate the number of calories you are putting on your plate and into your digestive system? According to a Women’s Day Health News blog, you should be aware of what 200 calories of your favorite barbecue dishes really look like, then eat in that fashion. To help you do that, they shared the following portions to assist you (data from the USDA National Nutrient Database):
Fried Chicken: 1 2/3 drumsticks
Cheeseburgers: ½ of a cheeseburger
Hot Dogs: 3/5 of a hot dog
Potato Salad: ½ cup
Fruit Salad: 2 ¾ cup
Potato Chips 19 chips
Lemonade: 5 ½ cups
Sweet Tea: 2 ¼ cups
Blueberry Pie: ½ a slice
Choose carefully from these items to keep your calorie content in line with your weight (and waist) goals.