There’s no question about it: Super Bowl Sunday is a tough day to eat healthy. Even if you’re not a fan of either team, you still might find yourself at a party, socializing, trying not to let those deep fried wings and blue cheese tempt you.
The Super Bowl has become one of the biggest food days of the year, second only to Thanksgiving. During the four-hour Super Bowl extravaganza, the average party-goer will consume about 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat.
For most people, splurging one day isn’t going to make much of a difference. However, to help put the damage in perspective, Dietdetective.com did a little nutritional math and replaced calories with exactly how much exercise you would have to do to burn off your bad Game Day dietary decisions.
Let’s have some fun…
To burn off three slices of Pizza Hut Pepperoni Lovers Pan Pizza, you will have to run the length of 144 football fields.
Pro Tip: Order a thin crust and top it with veggies, and make it your meal, rather than just another snack.
To burn off two pieces of KFC Extra Krispy Chicken, you will have to do 957 touchdown dances in the end zone.
Pro Tip: Unless you’re up for some serious dancing, opt for a homemade skinless chicken breast with whole-grain bread crumbs — and be sure to bake it instead of fry.
Eat just ten Buffalo crispy wings with blue cheese dressing, and you’ll be climbing the stadium stairs for 150 minutes.
Pro Tip: Skip the blue cheese and try making a skinless version in at home in your oven. You can still load them up with plenty of hot sauce, which is the most delicious part anyway!
Drink four bottles of beer, and you’ll be doing “The Wave” 2,828 times.
Pro Tip: Beer and football might go together, but you’ve got a lot of work to do to burn it off. If you’re planning on drinking, best to stick with light beer that you actually enjoy rather the chugging down something that doesn’t satisfy. And maybe, consider cutting back on the overall number.
If you eat two handfuls of potato chips, you better get ready to professional cheerlead for 30 minutes.
Pro Tip: Either pick up those pom poms or get ready to make homemade whole wheat pita chips and use non-fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream in any dips.
Eat just six Doritos chips, and you’ll have to do eight minutes of football training camp.
Pro Tip: Just one Dorito has 12 3/4 calories, so if you’re eating them by the handful, you can see how quickly those calories can add up. If you only have a few chips, you’re probably fine, but if you’re the type of person that can’t stop, then never start. Choose a lower calorie chip or try to switch to pistachios or something else that will give you that crunch you crave without blowing your diet.
One handful of peanuts can be worked off by cleaning your house for 41 minutes after your Super Bowl party.
Pro Tip: Nuts are a healthy, protein-packed chose, meaning they keep you feeling full longer. But they are also high in calories, so if you’re going to eat them, try to munch on one at a time rather that shoving a handful in your mouth all at once.
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