Chips: You know who they are. You “can’t eat just one” for a reason. They are full of toxic MSGs and have zero nutritional value. The truth is that 500 calories of chips will not fill your stomach and cue your brain to stop eating like 500 calories of fruits and vegetables will. Steer clear of these; they will only make you frustrated with yourself in the long run
Hot dogs: Can we say, “pressed meat?” This doesn’t mean you have to stay away from them.
Cheese: Cheese is ever abundant at a BBQ. From cheese dips to cheese on your burger, this “stick to your bones” kind of food wears it’s welcome out quickly. Cheese is high in calories and fat. That doesn’t mean you have to totally rid yourself of cheese.
Pulled Pork Sandwich: Apart from the bread that it is on, the traditional pulled pork sandwich packs a ton of calories, not to mention sodium. The pork is not the culprit though. Most pulled pork is smothered in BBQ sauce that is full of sugar and sodium.
Potato Salad: Potato salad is made with potatoes, eggs, and mayonnaise. This triple threat offers tons of calories and fat.
Desserts: Just because you are trying to eat healthy, doesn’t mean that you can never have dessert again. Try healthy desserts instead
Sweet tea, sodas and alcohol: Ok, this isn’t actually a food, but a ton of it is consumed at backyard barbecues. Sweet tea, sodas, and alcohol are empty calories. Most Americans waste away their daily caloric intake with items such as these.