KNOXVILLE (WVLT) – Believe it or not, Americans consume more calories on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day not falling on the last Thursday in November.
While the big game plays on TV, we will take in 156 billion calories.
Now to burn them off, you could run the length of a football field 109 times, or you can make some more nutritional choices without losing the experience.
“You can bake your chicken wings instead of deep fry them, some little things like that,” said Jeff Sproles, the executive chef of Parkwest Medical Center. “Your dips, your quesos, maybe look at doing something with a fat free yogurt, as opposed to a thick, heavy cheese.”
According to the chef, going to a Super Bowl party hungry is like going to the grocery store on an empty stomach, so like the players, you should have a game plan come game day.
“It's like going out any other time for holidays,” he said. “When you go to grandma's you wait and you don't eat all day long so that you can eat at night. Then you just tend to overindulge."
Kickoff isn’t until 6:18 PM, so plan to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, so you're not starving by kick off.
When you do arrive at your Super Bowl party destination, you don't have to diet, but just make nutritious choices.
Sproles suggests salsa instead of guacamole, chili rather than pizza and baked, skinless wings, instead of fried.
"Maybe go with unbreaded wings and use a tomato-based hot sauce or your pepper-based hot sauce,” the chef said. “Bake them off and you really don't have any carbohydrates there, and you've really only got the fat that's naturally in the wings."
Also don’t forget about the hidden calories in alcohol.
Drinking light beer instead of regular could save you about 300 calories during the game and 10 pounds over the course of a year!
Nutritionists also suggest you skip cookies and brownies altogether as they can easily contribute up to 500 calories.
Instead, you can opt for a few pieces of dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.