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5 Fat Loss Tips for Navigating a Barbecue

It’s summer time!!

Well not officially, but Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of summer where I come from. If you’re like me you’ll be hanging out with friends and family around the grill this weekend!


Here are my top 5 fat-loss tips for navigating a barbecue:

1. Wake up 10 minutes early to fit in a quickie workout. This will get your metabolism revved up for the day and put your body in fat burning mode from the start. You do not need hours to benefit from exercise. In fact, if you can spend just 10-20 minutes and get a full workout completed!

Try this for 3 rounds:

* 1 minute of jump squats

* 1 minute of mountain climbers

* 1 minute of plyometric lunges

{Finisher} Once you’ve completed 3 rounds, do 1 minute of push ups

Enjoy the workout then carry on!

2. Don’t skip breakfast. Eat a protein-packed breakfast so you’re not famished at the cookout. You don’t want to be starved and eat everything in sight!

3. Fill your plate with lean meat and veggies first. Grilled lean meats are usually plentiful at summer family gatherings. Make sure to eat your meat sans bun! If you think that veggies will be lacking, bring a veggie tray to add to the pot-luck meal! Once your plate is full of these fat-loss friendly foods, add a few bites of a couple of things you enjoy that aren’t so fat-loss friendly. For me, that includes my momma’s baked beans!

4. Drink your water! Drinking water is ALWAYS important for fat loss. It’s the magic weight loss pill you’ve been looking for! On a hot day spent outside, it’s even more important to drink up. Shoot for 1/2 your body weight in ounces as a goal.

5. Be choosy about desserts. Have 3-5 bites of your favorite dessert that you only get at special gatherings such as your Memorial Day cookout. This time of year, my favorite dessert is homemade banana pudding! I’m hoping that my mom makes it this year. 🙂

Using these tips, you can avoid damaging your waistline while still enjoying the yummy foods available at your summertime barbecue!

Most importantly, I pause to remember those who have given their lives for our country. If you have lost a family member serving in the military, I pray that God blesses your family in a special way for the sacrifice your family has made. May God Bless America!