Now that you finished your workout for the day you may be thinking about how to keep all those calories off that you just burned. Fruits and vegetables are always the best bet so load your plate with salad and fruit when you get to the picnic or party. Fill up on the healthy stuff first so you won't be as tempted to indulge in the junk. Allow yourself to have a taste of everything and share things like cake or pie. You are in control of what goes into your mouth so be kind to your body.
Next, decide exactly how many alcoholic drinks you will consume before you start drinking and stick to it. Alcohol is metabolized by the body differently than all other calories you consume. Alcohol is one of the only substances that you consume that can permeate your digestive system and go straight into your bloodstream. It bypasses normal digestion and is absorbed into the body intact, where it goes straight into the liver. Your liver is your main fat-burning organ. If you are trying to lose weight or even maintain your ideal weight, drinking alcohol is one of your worst enemies. The liver is going to metabolize alcohol first instead of the fat you want to get rid of – making weight loss even harder. Additionally, one of the primary functions of the liver is to remove environmental toxins from your body – if it is overtaxed with alcohol, the normal removal of these toxins becomes diminished and can result in rapid aging, loss of libido, and other diseases. It's really important to keep alcohol in moderation.
Finally, get creative with the red, white and blue and make some healthy treats like the ones pictured below for your picnics and get-togethers. People love healthy options and I bet these foods will be gobbled up instantly! Happy and healthy 4th of July to you! Please feel free to comment. I would love to hear all about your Independence Day plans.