Avoid Your Own Inflate-Gate Or Wardrobe Malfunction On Sunday
About the time the clock is winding down on the Big Game, you may have consumed thousands of calories.
Personal foul, excessive snacking.
Sunday surpasses even the holidays for single-day caloric consumption in the United States. The Big Game can be hard on your waistline and can force your heart to work harder to digest those calories.
To put the traditional Super Bowl penalties into perspective, here are a few favorites of parties and their approximate calories:
- 10 cocktail size sausages with barbeque sauce ... 360 calories
- 10-12 nacho chips with beans, beef, sour cream and cheese ... 600 calories
- 2 loaded tacos ... 700 calories
- 6 spicy chicken wings ... 440 calories
- 2 ounces of chips with dip ... 400 calories
- 3 light beers ... 330 calories
- 1 piece of chocolate cake (3 ounces) ... 312 calories
A Sensible Super Bowl Celebration
That is how you get to 3,000 calories, or about 1,000 more than are necessary on a daily basis for an adult. New United Kingdom research from LetsGetChecked, a home health company, revealed that some Super Bowl food fanatics may eat a staggering 10,000 or more calories in one day, which is about four days of calories.
“It will take some serious exercise to work off that many calories,’’ said Stacia Carroll, coordinator, Genesis Wellness. ''Walking at a good pace burns off about 100 calories per mile so it’s going to be a long walk to burn off those 3,000 calories.
“Exercise has many health benefits but by itself is not an efficient means of weight loss. Weight loss also requires smart nutrition.”
Here are some tips from Carroll to help you score physically and nutritionally at your party:
- Warm-up like the players. Go for a walk, go to the gym, clean the house for your pre-game. Halftime festivities take 40 minutes or more. That's enough time to burn off 250 or more calories on a treadmill, a bike, or on a brisk walk through the neighborhood.
- Choose healthier snacks. Make sure vegetables and fresh fruit are available. There are thousands of recipes out there for healthy snacks.
- Portion control. Pick the smaller plate and try everything you want, but take smaller portions.
- Replace soft drinks and beer with water.
- Don't "save'' calories. Don't skip breakfast or lunch before the game. You'll be too hungry by the time the first of about 70 beer and snack commercials come on the television and you'll be more likely to make bad food choices
- Adjust the recipe. For example, use ground turkey for the chili and tacos. Use low-fat cheese and sour cream. Choose the low-fat dips and chips. Make a vegetable soup instead of chili.