The big game is almost here and with that comes a lot of temptation. There goes your diet and all of your hard work, right? WRONG! Research suggests that the average American ingests upwards of 2,400 calories on game day! That’s insane! There are PLENTY of guilt-free ways to still enjoy yourself. After all, it’s unrealistic to think you will never see…or eat…fattening foods ever again. There will be many parties and events throughout the year that could break your new healthy lifestyle…if you let them. If I’ve learned anything over the course of a lifetime filled with yo-yo dieting, it’s that deprivation is the quickest way to fail. Here are some tips to help get you through any party:
Moderation is Key: There is nothing wrong with tasting a little bit of each of your favorite foods. You can have a little bit of everything without totally destroying your diet. Just don’t overdo it. Remember what you’re working towards and what your end goal is. Keeping that goal in mind will help with your self-control and allow you to “taste everything, eat nothing.”
Bring Healthy Snacks: If you know you will absolutely not be able to control your portions, pack some healthy snacks for yourself or make a healthy dish to share. Your friends and family will welcome a light, healthy contribution amidst all of the heavy, greasy foods on the table. You can make turkey chili as a lighter substitute for the regular version or create a healthy dip. Some healthier dips include hummus, guacamole, or spinach artichoke dip (made with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.)
Avoid Sugary Drinks: Chances are you will be packing in plenty of calories with all of the delicious food so you should steer of the extra sugar and calories that most soda and alcoholic drinks bring. Try to stick with water and seltzer for most of the game. If you are going to have alcohol, I suggest one of the many SkinnyGirl cocktails or a light beer. Generally these drinks will pack in only 100 calories per glass/bottle so as long as you drink responsibly, it won’t be a diet disaster.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up: If these tips don’t work and you do end up pigging out, RELAX. It’s only one day. Ignore the “food noise” in your head. You should be able live your life without worrying about every bite you take. If you do overdo it on Super Bowl Sunday, make it your business to get right back on track! Hit the gym HARD on Monday and get back to your normal healthy eating. One day of bad eating won’t undo all of your hard work—as long as you keep your end goal in mind.
By Gina Stallone