Barbecue Alert for Weight Watchers

A barbecue dinner is something that we English look forward to come summer. In fact, it is a great way to get together with friends and family.

An idle evening on the porch with a barbecued meal is something many of us wish we could indulge in more often.

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While some believe that barbecuing meat helps in getting rid of the extra fat in the meat, the sad fact is that a typical barbecue dinner consist of about 3000 calories in one go, an amount that is a day and half worth of calories for one woman!

There is also a lot of salt that is ingested due to side dishes like potato wedges, chips, mayonnaise, or Thousand Island dressings and dips. Some health experts also believe that a barbecue calls for guests trying out each and every dish, which often leads to overeating.

If a study conducted by Boots and the Tony Ferguson Weight Loss Programme is to be believed, a barbecue diner tends to plate up with a couple of sausages, burgers, about one and a half meat skewers, a couple of chicken drumsticks, and a small piece of fish on an average.

In addition, you have the side dish servings like baked potatoes, green salads, pasta salads, and dollops of mayonnaise. Moreover, it is also not uncommon to have two deserts after the meal. All this, according to the research, adds up to more than 3000 calories- which does not include calories derived from alcohol or sodas.

Even though grilled meat is one the healthiest foods to eat, the amount that we eat end up diminishing the health factor. The side dishes that are full of carbohydrates and fats are probably more harmful than the grilled meat itself.

A separate research conducted by Consensus Action studied 600 products that are typically found in the supermarket and used in a barbecue. Hotdogs with mustard, burger with cheese and barbecue sauce, and coleslaw, potato salad, and crisps and dips can actually have up to 12.1 grams of salt. This amount is more than double the recommended amount of salt intake.

The only thing that can save you from eating too much in terms of salt and calories is to ensure that you reduce the amount of meat and replace it with salad, grilled vegetables, and fish.