Super Bowl Belly
Did you know Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest calorie day next to Thanksgiving? With beer, pizza, wings, chips, dip, and dessert you can consume 2,400 calories and 121 grams of fat in only 4 hours. By the end of the day you'll have taken in over 6,000 calories. What would you have to do to burn this off? Basically run a marathon. The average American gains over 10 pounds during football season due to tailgates, parties, and a decent amount of bar time. Don't let this be you, Spring is right around the corner.
I'm very passionate about health and fitness but I'm also realistic and believe in enjoying life. The key to diet success is to make smart decisions and plan your high calorie days on your most active days. For example, yesterday I went snowboarding. I'm mediocre at best therefore I expend quite a bit of energy throughout the day. When we took a break I didn't hesitate to enjoy a beer and waffle fries with great company. Basking in the sun and overlooking a gorgeous mountain range was not a moment I was willing to sacrifice by worrying about my diet. It's also important to remember there's a difference between cheat meals and days.
During the Super Bowl everyone is glued to the TV or having a conversation over snacking. You won't see anyone running laps during halftime. Don't use today as an excuse to pig out and fear stepping on the scale tomorrow. Making better decisions only gives you more confidence to stay committed to your goals.
Here are some healthy ideas to try while rooting for the Broncos:
- Veggie Tray
- Skinny Girl Cocktails
- Popcorn (better than most snacks)
- Deviled Eggs with Avocado
- Shredded Chicken
- Drink a lot of water to aid with digestion
Life is all about balance. Since I enjoyed myself yesterday I decided to scale it back today and eat grilled chicken, spinach, and avocado because let's be honest...no one thinks a Super Bowl Belly is cute.