Ok, so everyone is talking about how to go to summer Bar-B-Ques and eat less crap.
Which is totally valid.
All kinds of things like, only do one plate. Don't graze. Limit yourself to one beer, ect.
And you can totally do it that way.
That totally works for some people.
It wouldn't work for me.
My way is simple: Pick your battles.
Six days per week keep it perfect.
One day per week, let it fly.
If you have two Bar-B-Ques in one week, then you are going to have to raise your game for one of them, because one of them you have to eat on your meal plan.
A Tale of Two Bar-B-Ques
Bar-B-Que #1 – The Free Day Bar-B-Que
You drink: Beer, soda, shots of Bacardi 151 chased with Absinthe, whatever.
You skip: Totally and completely gorging yourself, but otherwise you enjoy everything.
Bar-B-Que #2 – The On Your Nutrition Plan Day
You eat: Meat, fish, chicken, whatever. Salad if they have it. Fruit if they have it. You can actually eat a pretty good meal at most bar-b-ques – there is always protein and salad.
You drink: Water. And you like it.
You skip: You skip the chips and the beer and all the other crap, because it's not your free day.
Fun Without Alcohol? Is it Possible?
You're never going to believe this – I went to a Bar-B-Que the other day and no one really drank. It wasn't even like a bunch of personal trainers at the Bar-B-Que – it was just a bunch of normal every day dudes and chicks.
It wasn't that they didn't have beer – they did.
Just no one drank. Ok, a couple people had one beer. Most people had none.
Guess what? It was exactly the same.
We all had fun. We all ate some really freakin amazing steak. We all hung out and had a great time.
And everything was the same.
I'm not anti-drinking. But alcohol does majorly hold people back in their fat loss efforts. It needs to be limited.
Lets Grill Up The Taco Bell!
No one Bar-B-Ques crap fast food. Everything that goes on the grill is usually protein.
The food at Bar-B-Ques is actually pretty awesome, you just need to pick and choose. Stick to what gets grilled and you're doing awesome.
Every Bar-B-Que I've been to this summer had steak or chicken. Both of which are awesome protein, and a great part of any meal.
Every Bar-B-Que I've been to this summer had salad or vegetable salad. Both are great with your steak or chicken.
In fact, if you go to a Bar-B-Que and have steak, fruit and salad, you'll actually have eaten a perfect meal.
It's actually healthier than what most people eat most of the time.
It's That Simple
Just choose which events you are going to designate as free days…
and then no more free meals the rest of the week.
Everything else has to be on point food wise, no matter what it takes.
It's really nice to have rocked the food all week long, to then be able to show up at an event and not have to think about it.
And it's really nice during the week when you are eating perfect, to know that you have an event coming up where you can eat what you want.
And of course I am using Bar-B-Ques as a metaphor for any number of summer events that come up. Apply this strategy to all of them.
By Josh Hillis
The Platinum Coaching Club is about dealing with the stuff that comes up in life (like Bar-B-Ques), and getting results anyway.
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