Worst Food for that Beach Body

Posted on 13. Jun, 2011 by in Uncategorized

Isn’t it ironic that people who are healthy most of the time, exercise and are super conscious of food throw all of that out the window when they are at the beach.  Last time at the beach we saw a very fit man, reading Men’s Health, drinking regular Coke and a eating a Costco size bag of Doritos. What happened here? Is there a special “zone” that you can eat whatever you want at the beach and nothing happens? I completely understand indulging when the cravings are there.  Wait….oh, I thought I heard Baskin Robbins calling. 

Here are some of the worst foods to eat at the beach, not only for calories but bloating and uncomforable feelings. 


Diet Coke (12 fl. oz. bottle) and other diet sodas

0 calories/0 g fat/0 g sugar

No calories, no fat, and no sugar—so what’s the harm? For starters, the carbon dioxide that supplies soda’s fizz will continue to burble and expand in your stomach, priming you for serious bloat. That’s the short-term effect. The long-term could be even worse: The artificial sweeteners in diet soda might actually inhibit weight loss. Studies have shown that rats consuming artificial sweeteners consume more calories at subsequent meals. It’s as if the promise of calories, without the payoff, causes the body to crave food. Below is a better beach-day beverage: Hint Water. By drinking water, you keep your body flushed out and your skin looking healthy, and since Hint uses natural flavors, you earn all the boons of hydration without suffering the downsides of sugar and artificial sweeteners.

A better alternative: Hint Cucumber Water (16 fl. oz.)

0 calories/0 g fat/0 g sugar


Broccoli with ranch dressing (1 cup broccoli and 2 Tbsp dressing)

170 calories/14.5 g fat (2 g saturated)/370 mg sodium

Broccoli, like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage, falls into a class of produce known as cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables are among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and as such, they should be consumed as often as possible. That said, you might want to hold off your day’s broccoli until you’re off the beach. Cruciferous vegetables contain a sugar called raffinose—the same sugar that gives beans their heavy-winded reputation. In your gut, raffinose is fermented by gas-producing bacteria, which can make you feel bloated and gassy. That’s not necessarily unhealthy, but it might lead to some awkward beach photos. Instead, if you’re picking beach-bound snacks, pair high-fiber tortilla chips with low-calorie salsa.

Better Alternative: Food Should Taste Good Jalepeno chips with salsa (1 oz. chips/2 T. salsa)

150 calories/6 g fat (0.5 g saturated)/340 mg sodium


Russell Stover’s Sugar Free Toffee Squares (1.6 oz.)

210 calories/16 g fat (9 g saturated)/0 g sugar

Don’t be duped into thinking that these candies are “healthy” just because they’re sugar free. First, each serving has nearly half your day’s saturated fat, and second, it contains 23 grams of sugar alcohol, a sweet carbohydrate that provides fewer calories per gram than actual sugar. These sweeteners aren’t fully absorbed in the body, and as result, they simply ferment and emit gas. For some people, this causes severe discomfort and bloating. Stick with fruit and you’ll avoid the problem entirely.

Better Alternative: Fruit Salad of Banana, Mango, and Papaya (1 cup)

78 calories/0 g fat/14 g sugar


Stouffer’s Skillets Easy Express Broccoli & Beef (1/2 package)

350 calories/6 g fat (2.5 g saturated)/1,660 mg sodium

Looking beyond the raffinose-riddled broccoli, this meal is stuck with an absurd amount of sodium. If you’re hungry enough to work through an entire bag, you’ve just exceeded your day’s allotment by nearly 50 percent. Why is that a problem? Because sodium is an electrolyte that tells your body to withhold water. That’s not the same as being properly hydrated. See, sodium-induced water retention causes you to carry water weight, which makes you appear swollen and puffy. Unless you’re going for a beached-whale look, seek low-sodium foods before hitting the waves.

Better Alternative: Birds Eye Viola! Shrimp Scampi (1.75 cups)

190 calories/2.5 g fat (1 g saturated)/540 mg sodium


Smoothie King The Hulk Strawberry (20 oz.)

1,035 calories/32 g fat (13 g saturated)/125 g sugar

Few foods are as disarming as smoothies. The liquid meals have a reputation for being healthy and low in calories, which seems like a perfect combination right before you bear all on the beach. But let this be your warning: Not all smoothies are created equal. This one from Smoothie King packs as much sugar as 91 Nilla Wafers and more fat than a McDonald’s Big Mac. If you drink something like this with any regularity, you might unknowingly be sabotaging your beach body all summer long. Make the swap to Smoothie King’s Strawberry Shredder just three times a week and you’ll drop more than two pounds every month.

A Better Alternative: Smoothie King Strawbery Shredder (20 oz.)

356 calories/1 g fat (0 g saturated)/41 g sugar

DID YOU KNOW? The average American consumes 450 liquid calories every day—that’s a quarter of your daily allowance! And sugar-laden summer drinks are some of the worst offenders.

What is your MUST HAVE at the beach? Is it a good choice or indulgence?

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One Response to “Worst Food for that Beach Body”

  1. Nikki 16 June 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Great article! So right about the diet soda. And the
    Broccoli too! When I was In a fitness commercial I wasn’t allowed to have any broccoli the week of the shoot because of the bloating! :-)

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