(OCEANSIDE, CA July 9, 2012) – The Fourth of July marked not only America’s Independence Day but also – as crazy as it sounds – the International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. This year’s winner, a California man, scarfed down 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
If you are impressed by this record, read this: in a mere 10 minutes, this contestant took in almost 20,000 calories, more than 1,150 grams of fat, over 400 grams of saturated fat, and 48,300 milligrams of sodium!
Do we even need to tell you what is wrong with this picture?
True, this is an extreme example of a very bad judgment call and most of us will, hopefully, never consume such a whooping amount of calories, saturated fat, and sodium in one sitting. But if you do happen to over-indulge on the typical barbecue fare this summer, you should be exercising to burn off all those weight-piling calories and artery-clogging fat.
“This may not be the kind of news you want to hear in the middle of the cookout season, but the traditional barbecue foods are not exactly weight and health-friendly, even if you don’t swallow 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes,” says Coach Berry R.B., a fitness expert and personal training at Dare to be Fit Personal Training Studio in Oceanside, CA.
He points out that greasy dogs and brats, hamburgers on a bun, and mayo-based coleslaw and potato salad add up to a lot of calories and saturated fat. Add a six-pack of beer and sugary sodas, and you have a nutritional disaster on your hands – without even mentioning desserts like ice cream or s’mores.
“Not only does this kind of food, if consumed regularly over the summer months, pile on pounds, but it can also put you at a higher risk for some serious medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease,” Berry notes. “And consuming large quantities of processed meats such as hot dogs and brats, has been shown to increase the risk of colon and pancreatic cancer.”
So can you still enjoy summer cookouts, while protecting your health and weight?
“Definitely,” Berry says. “You just have to make smart nutritional choices. And, don’t forget to exercise regularly, so you can burn off all the calories and fat before they do any serious damage.”
Be a pit master: For a healthier cookout, opt for a skinless chicken breast or lean fish, and grill some vegetables as well.
Crunch the numbers: Keep tabs on calories, as well as fat and sodium content you are consuming.
Move it: This part is very important. Even if you eat a reduced calorie, low-fat diet, you need regular exercise (and more so, if you eat a lot of above-mentioned unhealthy food).
“Ask your trainer which exercises are best at burning off all those extra calories and fat,” Berry suggests. “But be warned that even a great workout may not totally offset poor eating habits, so you really should be careful what you consume this summer.”
About "Dare to be Fit" Coach Berry’s Personal Training Studio:
Coach Berry R.B. is a Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant with over 30 years of experience keeping Marines and Civilian personnel in top physical condition. From a passion to help people change their lives through health and fitness, Coach launched the "Dare to be Fit" program in Oceanside, CA, North County San Diego, CA in January 2001. Schedules and client testimonials are available at www.rb-berry.com. To learn more about Coach Berry's weight loss program, he can be reached at email@example.com or 760-967-6847.
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About Coach Berry R.B., Fitness Expert:
Coach Berry is a fitness and nutrition professional with a Masters Degree in Physical Science and holds two additional diplomas in nutrition and fitness. He has 30 years of experience in the fitness and weight loss industry. Coach can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-967-6847 and is available for media interviews on a wide range of topics related to health, wellness and fitness.