5 Summer Diet Blunders
Do your favorite summer treats pack a wallop in fat and calories? Here's how to lighten them up.
Summer Diet Fix
"If you are going to put in a few laps at the pool, maybe you can have
that margarita," Sandon says. "But most people I see at the pool aren't
doing a lot of swimming." The rationalization goes like this:
"People think they are sitting in the sun, and so they need fluid,"
Sandon says. "But alcohol is not a good way to hydrate," she says. It
actually dehydrates you. If you want an alcoholic drink, "going with a
glass of wine might be a better bet," she says. A 3.5-oz. glass of
wine is about 80 calories. A 12-oz. beer has about 117 calories.
And if it's the festive flair of the drink -- like the umbrellas topping off
tropical summer drinks -- you can customize a lower-cal option, Sandon
says. "They might put an umbrella in your beer if you ask them,"
she says. Other options: ask for lemon-flavored water with club soda for some
pizzazz, Sandon says. Or alternate an alcoholic drink with plain water or a
Start with a "virgin" drink, Nonas agrees, such as a Virgin Bloody
Mary, to reduce calories. It doesn't always work, she concedes. "A
margarita doesn't work without the liquor."
Summer Diet Blunder 3: Burgers and Hot Dogs
Some baseball fans can't watch a game without a traditional hot dog. But a
Dodger dog, a long-time tradition at Los Angeles Dodger games, packs 240
calories and 22 grams of fat - and that's just the dog, without the bun,
ketchup, or other add-ons. Of the 240 calories, 200 of them are from fat. And
at backyard barbecues, cheeseburgers often play a starring role. Figure 360
calories with the bun - and nearly 20 grams of fat.
Summer Diet Fix
To lighten up, consider a turkey frank on a roll, for about 190 calories and
10 grams of fat. Or a veggie burger and bun, for about 180 calories and 4.5
grams of fat. Two other healthy options include a chicken breast without the
skin, or grilled fish such as grilled salmon.
And at the baseball park, says Sandon, if you find yourself considering the
burger or hot dog fare: "Health-wise, you are probably better off with
peanuts," Sandon says. They aren't low-calorie, she says, but at least
peanuts have heart-healthy fat.