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11 Healthy Ways to Hack a BBQ

How to survive a summer outing without starving yourself.
11 Healthy Ways to Hack a BBQ

Your average American BBQ is a diet minefield. You run the risk of negating all your hard work in the gym, or looking like a jerk by refusing Grandma's potato salad.

Use this chart, which ranks the most common offerings by nutritional value; and check out how to portion your plate to keep servings in check so you can enjoy your favorite foods this summer—and keep your physique. 

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Drink tons of water before you go—you’ll not only feel fuller, you’ll spend so much time peeing you won’t have a chance to eat!

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Have an apple, two hard-boiled eggs, or a small whey protein shake pre-bbq to ease hunger.

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Bring a “gift”—lean ground beef, melon—to guarantee at least one healthy item to eat.

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Make double-decker burgers on just one bun.

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Can’t beat temptation? Join it by going for variety, eating a little bit of everything. 

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Chew sugar-free peppermint gum (peppermint can reduce hunger).

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Hit the lean meats and veggies before the junk food starts seducing you.

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Carry a water bottle to sip between “real” drinks.

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If you feel a splurge coming on, find a remote spot and knock out a few sets of pushups—it’ll take your appetite away.

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Play as many games—corn hole, volleyball—as you can to stay in a fitness state of mind.

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Make it a cheat meal—easy if you know about the shindig in advance.

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