Updated: May 21, 2014 11:29PM
While attending backyard barbecues and countless graduation parties, those who are celebrating should not lose count of the calories they are consuming, according to a press release from Palos Community Hospital.
Palos Medical Group Dr. Rachel Zurek is offering numerous tips for people to stay in control of their weight over the summer, including by paying attention to what they are drinking as well as eating.
“Chilled beverages are one of the biggest downfalls to people’s weight-management efforts no matter the time of year, but especially in summer, when there are more cookouts and parties,” Zurek, a family medicine physician, said in the press release. “When you are drinking something, it’s the same calorie-wise to your body as eating food. The body doesn’t care if you are drinking 300 calories or eating 300 calories, it’s all processed the same way.”
Zurek suggests people reach for a tall glass of ice water with lemon, and if ice cream is a weakness, opt for one made with Greek yogurt, the release said.
Among the other tips she offered in the release:
Eat before going to a party, and make sure to get a balanced breakfast to jump-start metabolism for the entire day.
Don’t sit or stand near the food tables.
Use a smaller plate. Divide your plate, using one-half for salad or veggies, one-fourth for proteins and one-fourth for a low-carb side dish, but keep it minimal.
Avoid cream-based foods, such as potato salad and cole slaw.
Watch out for dessert; maybe have just a bite or two.
Stay hydrated. People tend to sweat more in the summer and are much more likely to be dehydrated. Always get eight glasses of water each day.
Be active. Try beanbags or play with the children.
Consider bringing a healthy dish to the party — fruit or a green salad.
Take an evening walk as a family.
Zurek has offices in Orland Park and Tinley Park, the release said.
She and a Palos Community Hospital registered dietitian will discuss exercise, mindful eating and how to make smart food choices in a presentation at 6:30 p.m. June 5 at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park, the release said. Registration is required by calling (708) 226-2300.