If you’re celebrating the Fourth of July tomorrow, you may be headed to an outdoor barbecue or party. Temptation may be on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean you should skip out on the fun. If you make good choices you can enjoy the day without doing damage to your skin and body. You can keep on track with your facial exercises, workouts and body sculpting regimens and still enjoy some summer fun.
Here are some simple strategies for navigating events for the Fourth of July and beyond.
1. Don’t Arrive Hungry
Don’t go anywhere on an empty stomach. If you do, you’re bound to overeat. One of the best ways to prevent this is to have a healthy snack half an hour before you head to your event. Choose a protein or fiber-rich snack to fill you up and stave off cravings. Don’t skip meals the day of either. Many people try to “save up” calories so they can binge on hot dogs, chips and other fattening barbecue fare. Avoid this behavior! It’s the direct route to a binge.
2. Go Light
It’s hot outside so why fill up on heavy food? Choose light foods that can be thrown on the grill, such as chicken, salmon or a lean turkey burger. Take it easy on the condiments which are often a source of empty, hidden calories. Eat a salad and snack on the veggie plate. If you opt for a burger, go protein-style. Allow yourself a treat, of course, but don’t go overboard.
3. Join the Activity
If people at the party are playing an outdoor game like football, frisbee, bocce ball or volleyball, join in! It’s an excellent way to rev your metabolism and burn calories, while taking your mind off the buffet. You’ll also bond with friends and loved ones by engaging in a little healthy competition.
4. Hydrate Like it’s Your Job
Wherever you are, we bet it’s going to be hot! Drink extra water to keep your skin and body hydrated. Water also helps fill you up, so have a glass before eating. If you plan to drink alcohol, be sure to have an extra glass in between each libation. Be moderate—alcohol can wreak serious havoc on your skin.
5. Block Out the Sun
Wear lots of sunblock, especially if you’re going to be outside for extended period. Bring a bottle with you and re-apply throughout the day. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to provide extra protection for your face and scalp. If you can, wear SPF clothing to provide an additional barrier against those dangerous UV rays.
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