We have to be aware that a barbecue is just another meal and the same rules you apply to other meals, apply at a barbecue as well.
Wallington, Surrey, UK (PRWEB UK) 11 August 2013
The report cites recent research that found that the typical barbecue meal would include: two sausages, one-and-a-half burgers, two chicken drumsticks, one-and-a-half meat skewers, fish, a baked potato, a green side salad, pasta salad, and a bowl of fruit salad for dessert. That equates to nearly 3,000 calories, 500 calories more than the recommended daily intake for men, and 1,000 more than women are permitted.
With the addition of a bottle of wine or a few beers, the calorie intake could be a lot more.
The report highlights that average family will have nine barbecues every year, if the weather is nice. However, throwing caution to the wind at a barbecue could sabotage any weight loss efforts that people who are attempting to diet have already achieved.
The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy suggest that when attending a barbecue, dieters should simply exercise the same level of control they do with an everyday meal.
Paul White, the behavioural change specialist at the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and former Chairman of the National Council for Hypnotherapy, said, “We have to be aware that a barbecue is just another meal and the same rules you apply to other meals, apply at a barbecue as well. In our hypnotherapy for weight loss programme, we do not specifically target barbecues, but because we target the eating behaviours and install control point, in the main, our clients come through the barbecue season without too many mishaps. However, sometimes they do slip and when this happens, we have to look at how the behaviour reverted back and take steps to ensure the client can avoid it happening in the future.”
The report explains that by far, the most popular barbecue dish is the burger, chosen by 32% of respondents. Followed by sausages chosen by 18%; kebabs, 14%; steak, 13%; chicken drumsticks, 12% and lamb chops, 6%. The healthiest option is fish; but ironically, just 4% of diners chose fish, the least calorific option.
It’s not just the main protein that’s the problem, but also the fattening snacks we serve with it, like crisps, dips and potato salads and, of course, let us not forget ice cream and fruit salad as a dessert. It is important that for those trying to lose weight that they keep in mind the calories that absentminded eating could represent.
Drinks do not look good for the dietary intake either. Lager is the most popular drink, followed by coke, rose wine, white wine and lemonade.
At the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy, we help clients to change their relationship with food. Your hypnotherapist Surrey will work with you to change the way you view food, even the way you think about food, so your behaviour returns to one where you eat to live, rather than live to eat. By doing so you remove the guilt, reduce consumption and feel happier around food.
Paul White has been a Director of The Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy for 11 years. He has a special interest in weight control and problem behaviours (addictions).