myFM: BBQ season

by Lianne Phillipson July 07, 2021

myFM: BBQ season

Are you barbecuing to win a hot dog championship? 

With summer comes BBQ season and with BBQ season comes the extra calories...When you end up at a BBQ, how do you avoid all the extra calories? A typical burger patty is about 300 calories, then add the bun, toppings, bacon etc and you can have a 1000 cal barbecue feast right there and that's without the drinks and the dessert.

Let's do some quick math to see how long it'll take to burn off those calories. If we take a 155lb person, they can burn 300 cal after an hour walking at a moderate pace, cycling for 30 minutes, or running but at a 5mph pace.That means it'll take about 3 and a half hours of moderate walking to burn off that 1000 cal burger, or 1 hour and 40 minutes of cycling or running at a 5mph the burger worth it? Maybe. 

In order to avoid all those extra calories, try some of these tips!

  • Try to load up on the veggies and salads to fill you up instead of the bbq'd meats. Not the coleslaw or ranch dressing types though. They pile on the calories too. 
  • Have a meal before you head to a BBQ, this may help you from going for seconds.
  • Skip the bun with the burger or hotdog. This will eliminate some of those extra calories.
  • Go for water instead of the soda or other sugar filled drinks they're offering.

In case you were curious about the new 4th of July Hot Dog eating record...Joey Chestnut broke his own record and claimed his 14th win in the men’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday.

76 hot dogs in 10 minutes...76!!!

According to Nathan's Website...1 hotdog has 280 calories, 18 grams of fat and 780 mg of sodium. Some more math for you, he consumed; 

  • 21,280 calories
  • 1368 grams of fat
  • 59,280 mg of sodium.  

If you eat 2000 calories a day, it's recommended you eat somewhere in the 50 grams of fat per day range.Health Canada recommends that most Canadians consume 1500 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day and not to exceed 2300 mg per day. He consumed WAAAAY more than recommended in only 10 minutes...

On the ladies side Michelle Lesco took the women’s title, eating 30 ¾ dogs in 10 minutes. Reigning women’s champion and record-holder Miki Sudo skipped this year because she’s expecting a baby in a few weeks.

 Listen to the segment


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