Super Bowl Weight Loss Tips from the Q!

According to researchers from Cornell University, the average American will consume more than 6,000 calories on Super Bowl Sunday. Unfortunately, after eating all of that, almost no one is in a state to run the 26.2 mile marathon that would be needed to burn off all of those calories! It’s no wonder then that, according to dietitian Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD, “the biggest exercise on Super Bowl Sunday is from hand to mouth.”

In fact, based on that research, Americans consume more calories on average on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other holiday, including Thanksgiving! Because of this, it is a proven fact that Super Bowl Sunday is one of the year’s biggest threats to achieving your New Year’s weight loss resolutions.

Thankfully, the Q is here to help you win AND lose on Super Bowl Sunday. Here’s your Super Bowl Game Plan, courtesy of Quick Weight Loss Centers!

Pre-Game: If you are hosting a party, plan and prepare foods that you can eat beforehand, make sure you have enough options available for you to snack on without the guilt. Have plenty of veggies, Q-snack chips and QuickBoost available. There are many things that you can eat which is on-plan and feel satisfied.  If you are going out, stick to the lean protein (avoid the sauces) such as hamburgers without the bun, chicken, veggies and diet Sprite. Bring some snacks with you to avoid temptation.

Draft Your Team: Now that you’re at the party, it’s time to see what you’re up against and choose your players. Be on the lookout for these VIPs (Very Important Platters) for healthy, program-friendly options: veggie platters, fruit platters, grilled chicken fingers, grilled steak skewers, shrimp cocktail, and steamed crab.

Defensive Strategy: Drink your Quickboost and bring extra, have it with you all day. Snack on the veggie tray but avoid the fattening dips. Just visualize of how good you will feel at the end of the night when everyone else has a “food hangover” and you do not!  

Offensive Strategy: Once you’ve assessed all of the available options, create your plan of attack. Map out in your mind exactly what you are going to eat when. Don’t wait until you’re hungry to make a move; portion out your food in your mind and stick with the plan throughout the game. Assemble only small plates of food to help keep portion-sizes under control, and to give you a reason to get up and move around. Finally, carry a full bottle of ice cold water with you at all times, to keep you refreshed and help you avoid the urge to reach for a beer or other tempting high-calorie beverage.

Go for the Touchdown: Don’t just sit around and watch the game, keep moving! Your well-meaning host may want to bring food to you, but be sure to get up and serve yourself. Take some time to walk around the room and socialize during the infamous Super Bowl commercials: the food in those ads is designed to be as hunger-inducing as possible. And of course, don’t hesitate to jump up and cheer for your favorite team!

Sources: WebMD, Medical Daily