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The summer brings with it the backyard barbecues, cocktails at the pool, games and fairs and along with it comes the fried chicken, hotdogs, beer, ribs and potato salads. Summertime is fun time and easy living, but if you are not careful it can derail you well planned diet track. You may be active during summer, but that may not be enough if you consume these high calorie foods through summer.

Barbecuing high fat meats

A 20 oz T-bone steak can provide 1540 calories and 124 gram fat. An average cheeseburger provides you with 750 calories and 45 grams of fat. The ribs of pork or beef are very high fat cuts of the meat. Enjoy your barbecue with cuts like sirloin, pork tenderloin, skinless chicken and lean ground beef.

Ball game favorites

Hot dogs and sausages go hand in hand with ball games and these are also great summer treats. These processed meats are not only high fat but also in sodium. Limit them to once or twice throughout the summer.

Mayonnaise based salads

Mayonnaise based salads such as potato salads, tuna salad, chicken salad or coleslaw carries a lot of calories in a small amount. To reduce calories, choose light mayo or mix mayo with non fat plain yogurt or sour cream. Or you can try a German style potato salad which uses more vinegar than oil. Add extra vegetables to increase the fiber content.

Cool concoctions

Sweet, fruity alcoholic drinks are a treat during summer, but you pay in calories to enjoy one such treat. A piña colada can range from 245 to 500 calories, a daiquiri from 300 to 800 calories and a sweet iced tea is about 520 calories. Try wine, a wine spritzer or a mixed drink with seltzer with 100% fruit juice. Keep drinking low calorie beverage to stay hydrated while watching your calories. Watch the intake of regular sodas, energy drinks and fruit juices – they all provide calories.

Frozen treats

Summer is best known for frozen treats such as ice cream. A cup of soft-serve ice cream can have 380 calories and 22 grams of fat. Make it a chocolate cookie dough milkshake concoction, and the calories soar to 720, with 28 grams of fat. Cut back on the portions and high fat toppings to watch your calories. Choose frozen treats like sherbets, fudge bars, popsicles, fruit bars and other sensible treats which are less than 150 calories per servings.

Fair food

Fairs, carnivals and boardwalks offer the most fattening and deep fried foods. Most eat while you walk foods at these events are calorie loaded. To watch your intake, skip the fried foods and have cotton candy instead. Choose grilled meat or share the treat with friends.

Salad toppings

People tend to eat light during summer. So salad is a favorite during summertime. However, salad toppings like high calorie dressing, fried chicken strips, tortilla strips, bacon, cheese and croutons can easily add calories to the otherwise healthy salad. Choose low fat dressings, grilled meat, strips of lean meat or eggs for toppings. Have more vegetables in your salad.

Fried Chicken

A bucket of fried chicken is an easy way to feed a crowd, but it can wreak havoc on your waistline and it is not good for your heart, especially when you eat more than one. So pass the fried and toss boneless, skinless chicken breasts on the grill. A 3.5 oz. skinned chicken breast has only 167 calories and 7 grams of fat, compared to a breaded, fried chicken breast with about 360 calories and 21 g fat. Add flavor with marinades and spice rubs, or top it with fresh salsa.

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