Did you know that the average American consumes more than 3,000 calories at a summer cookout? And with Independence Day falling on a Thursday this year, there is an extra-long weekend full of opportunities to overindulge on the fattening barbecue favorites responsible for frustrating weight gain.
Many of us mindlessly munch our way through a long holiday weekend, never considering the consequences of bad food and beverage choices. But when you calculate the colossal number of calories, saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium packed into this grub, it’s enough to set off some internal fireworks.
A typical barbecue menu includes such popular picks as hot dogs, cheeseburgers, mayonnaise-laden salads, sugary sips, and dip-covered chips. With this meal alone (not to mention going back for seconds), you’ve already exceeded your daily recommended nutritional values. And what’s worse are the nasty nitrates, processed parts, and artificial flavors responsible for inflammation and belly bloat.
Although one meal is not enough to derail your healthy habits, an entire weekend of grazing on these goodies can be. So how do you avoid becoming patriotically plump over the holiday weekend? The key is to be a star-spangled planner. Follow these simple tips:
For this circuit, spend 60 seconds on each exercise, resting for 30 seconds between moves. When complete, rest for one minute, then repeat the entire circuit three times.
Mountain to climb
Drop it like it’s squat
Make a declaration to stay healthy this holiday weekend.