BBQ Tips for Losing Weight
BBQ Tips for Losing Weight. Summertime is the perfect opportunity to fire up the grill and enjoy some delicious barbecued food outdoors with friends and family. The best thing about summer barbecues? The food! But not all BBQ foods are created equal. Some choices will help you lose weight, while others will pack on the pounds. In this blog post, we will discuss the best and worst BBQ foods and drinks to choose if you want to stay on track with your diet goals.
BBQ Tips for Losing Weight
So which foods should you choose for your next barbecue to make sure you have a happy and healthy summer? Read on for our top tips! We’ll also provide some tips for making healthy choices at your next BBQ! And the great news is that if you choose to follow a low-carb way to lose weight, then BBQs could be your new friend!
BBQ Tips for Losing Weight
If you’re trying to lose weight on a low-carbohydrate diet, a BBQ can be a minefield of high-carbohydrate foods. To help you enjoy the summer without wrecking your diet, here’s a guide to the best and worst foods to eat at a BBQ. We also share some slimming recipe ideas on our post about salads.
The best low-carb BBQ food choices
BBQ Tips for Losing Weight
The best low-carb options can be virtually any meat or fish, grilled veggies, and salad. What could be tastier than a homemade burger, for example? And, for added flavour, try marinating your chicken or fish in a low-carbohydrate sauce or dressing. When it comes to vegetables, grilled peppers, mushrooms, and courgettes are all excellent choices. And don’t forget the crunchy coleslaw: if you don’t have chance to make your own, be careful to buy a brand that doesn’t contain any added sugar.
BBQ Tips for Losing Weight
As for salads made with fresh ingredients, most options tend to be pretty low-carb friendly, and they are far from boring, as long as they are not served up naked! So, don’t skimp on the mayonnaise and olive oil dressing, because remember that fat is your BFF, not your enemy when you go low-carb! Also, remember to add some vinegar to your salad dressing because it helps to balance blood sugar, which can promote weight loss too!
The carb-laden BBQ foods to avoid
When it comes to carb-laden foods to avoid, steer clear of anything to do with bread, or even foods coated in breadcrumbs. This includes chicken wings and onion rings. Also beware of high-carbohydrate sides such as pasta salad, potato salad, and chips, of course. By following these tips, you can enjoy a very tasty and satisfying low-carb BBQ without sabotaging your diet!
BBQ desserts: best and worst choices
When it comes to BBQs, low-carb dieters often find themselves in a dessert predicament. While there are plenty of tempting sugary sweets on offer, indulging in these treats can quickly sabotage their weight-loss efforts. However, by making a few smart choices, it is possible to enjoy a delicious low-carb dessert without derailing your diet.
BBQ Tips for Losing Weight
High-carb BBQ desserts to avoid
Many typical BBQ desserts should be avoided as they are usually very high in carbohydrates. At the same time, you’ll want to steer clear of desserts that are loaded with sugar and simple carbs. This includes anything made with white flour, canned fruit in syrup, and shop-bought cookies, cakes and pies. By making smart choices when it comes to dessert, you can indulge in the occasional sweet treat and enjoy the best of both worlds – delicious food and healthy weight loss.
Best low-carb BBQ desserts
For example, fruits such as strawberries and watermelon are low in carbohydrates and make a refreshing summertime treat. If you’re craving something chocolaty, try dipping fresh berries in melted dark chocolate. Alternatively, you could try making a low-carb friendly frozen dessert, by blending frozen berries with full-fat Greek yoghurt. There’s a very simple recipe to follow on the DietDoctor website.
BBQ Tips for Losing Weight
For a decadent (but still low-carb) option, try a bowl of mixed berries served with proper fresh cream. Just make sure you use real, unsweetened cream, not the fake “squirty” variety in an aerosol, which is loaded with added sugar! We have also shared a selection of healthy, low-carb summer desserts that won’t make you fat, in another of our posts. By the way, we also have a post all about the health benefits of chia seeds, including weight loss.
What should you drink at a BBQ? Best and worst choices…
Summertime and BBQs go hand-in-hand. However, if you’re trying to lose weight on a low-carbohydrate diet, you may be wondering what drinks are best to enjoy (and which ones to avoid). The good news is that there are plenty of low-carb options that will quench your thirst without sabotaging your diet.
Best low-carb BBQ drinks
If you’re sticking to non-alcoholic drinks, the best option is always going to be good old water, of course. However, you can jazz it up quite easily by opting for sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh lemon, or lime juice. Or you could try adding a slice of cucumber, or a strawberry or two for something a bit different.
If you’re looking for something a little more festive, ask the bartender to make you a skinny mojito or vodka lime and soda, also known as a “skinny bitch”. Remember that all spirits are low-carb friendly, as long as you make sure your mixer is sugar-free too. White wine and soda water spritzer is another refreshing, low-carb option. And, of course, no BBQ is complete without beer. But don’t worry, there are quite a few low-carb beer options available now.
BBQ drinks to avoid on a low-carb diet
When you’re following a low-carb diet, sugary BBQ alcoholic and soft drinks can quickly derail your progress. These drinks are often high in calories and low in nutrients, making them a poor choice for anyone looking to lose weight or improve their health. In addition, many of these drinks are loaded with sugar, which can spike blood sugar levels and contribute to weight gain.
Firstly, full-sugar, fizzy drinks, such as coke and lemonade, are poor choices, but then so is fruit juice, because of its high sugar content. Also, regular iced tea is a drink to avoid for those following a low-carb lifestyle.
When it comes to alcohol, many traditional cocktails are absolutely loaded with hidden sugars and empty calories. For example, did you know that a piña colada can often contain more than 600 calories, and around half of those are from sugar! So, instead of sipping on empty calories and unnecessary added sugar, stick to drinks that will help you reach your weight-loss goals. Cheers!
The Bottom Line
Barbecuing is a summer tradition, and there’s no need to miss out on all the fun just because you’re following a low-carb diet. With a few simple tips, you can enjoy your favourite BBQ foods and drinks without sabotaging your weight-loss goals. So fire up that grill and get ready for some delicious summer eats! You may be interested in our new page Eating Steak and Losing Weight here.
FAQ 1: What are some low-carb BBQ food ideas?
ANSWER: There are plenty of low-carb options that will be sure to please everyone at your next BBQ. Try grilling up some chicken, steak, homemade burgers, fish, or pork chops. Serve them with a salad or veggie side dish. And for dessert, opt for fresh berries or a low-carb frozen yoghurt treat.
BBQ Ideas: The Best And Worst Foods To Eat
FAQ 2: What low-carb drinks can I have at a BBQ?
ANSWER: Water is always the best choice, but you can also try sparkling water with slices of fresh fruit, or a skinny mojito. For beer drinkers, there are now many low-carb options available. Just be sure to avoid sugary soft drinks and cocktails, which can quickly derail your diet.
FAQ 3: I’m on a low-carb diet. What should I avoid eating at a BBQ?
ANSWER: Foods to avoid include high-carb items such as bread rolls and hot dog buns, chips, potato salad, macaroni salad, and corn on the cob. Beware of sticky BBQ sauces too, because they will be loaded with sugar. And skip the sugary desserts in favour of fresh berries, or low-carb frozen treats.
By following these simple tips, you can enjoy your next BBQ without jeopardizing your low-carb diet. So fire up that grill and get ready for some delicious summer eats!
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