Little known fact is that Americans will consume more calories on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day except Thanksgiving. The biggest culprits are cheese dips, fried wings, greasy pizza, beer and sodas. On this one day, most people will consume more than twice the amount of food they need to eat. The average individual will eat close to 3000 calories from kickoff up until the Lombardi trophy is handed to the winner. To burn that amount of food, you would have to vigorously shovel snow for 8 hours or run an entire marathon (26 miles) at 6 miles per hour. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the day but avoid adding inches to your waistline.
Don't go hungry If you go hungry, trust me, you will definitely over eat. So don't go on an empty stomach. Have something healthy before you leave for the party.
Get your own plate If you eat from the large communal serving tray, you will always eat more than you should. You will simply not be aware of how much food you are eating. The mentality of eating from a common plate is that we are all a team and everyone is helping. So get your own plate. You will know exactly how much food you are eating and it will be easier to stop when its time to stop.
Go Green Eat those fresh fruits and vegetables, they are good for you. Fill your plate with the foods from the veggie platter. I love fruits and vegetables because they are so nutrient dense, full of fiber and they make you feel full. One more thing, please don't drown your veggies in the fattening dip.
Watch the Drinking This applies to both Alcohol and Soda's there is no nutrient value in these drinks and it's so easy to over indulge when it comes to drinking. So, set your limit before you go to the party.
Everything in Moderation It's not about how miserable you can make yourself. Super Bowl Sunday is about enjoying the game, the commercials and the company of your friends. When it comes to food, you can enjoy a greasy pizza or deep fried wing if your heart desires, it all amounts to how much you eat it. It's really simple, don't eat like its going out of style, you will only regret it later. Besides you will eat again tomorrow right?
Move Your Body, Move Your Life
Published On: January 30, 2008