For Immediate Release
Low Calorie Super Bowl Tips: Avoid Eating Like a Linebacker on Game Day
ATLANTA (January 21, 2014) -- Every year, Americans happily gather at parties for Super Bowl Sunday to eat, drink and watch football history be made. Unfortunately, aside from taking in the big game, they’re also taking in some really big calories. As Super Bowl viewership has grown over the years, so have Super Bowl Parties. In that spirit, the Calorie Control Council (CCC) decided to re-look at a sample food spread from pre-game, all the way to post game analysis time. The results are shocking, and the calorie counts much higher than previous years. Even a relatively modest consumption of Super Bowl fare, including pizza, potato chips, beef nachos and sodas adds up to more than 2,000 calories and 81 g of fat on game day -- and many football fans eat more than that.
If 111 million Americans watch the Super Bowl this year, this breaks down to 20.8 million pounds of potato chips and 20.8 million pounds of tortilla chips -and it includes fan favorites like pizza, beer, nachos, dips, sodas, pigs in a blanket and other party staples. That totals to a nationwide consumption of about 64 million pounds of fat, or the equivalent of 214,082 National Football League (NFL) offensive linemen at 300 pounds each.
Here’s a breakdown of a sample Super Bowl party menu by portions:
The CCC recommends pre-planning your Super Bowl event and menu to include lower calorie appetizers and beverages. When it comes to recipes, it is possible to cut the calories without cutting the flavor. Thanks to the internet, it is so easy to find many recipes “madeover” healthy, that there’s no excuse not to.
Theresa Hedrick, a registered dietitian with the Calorie Control Council, recommends the following tips:
1. Brush your teeth right before you go to the party. Meatballs don’t taste as good when consumed by a minty mouth.
2. Don’t hang out in the same room with the food.
3. Make it your goal to chat with each person at the party. It’ll distract you from eating and cut into the time you have to mindlessly munch.
4. Alternate between beer/soda and water to cut the calories consumed from beverages in half.
5. Volunteer to bring low-calorie dishes and diet soda instead of regular.
6. Hit the veggie tray first and fill up on those before considering the other offerings.
7. Acknowledge that while there is a lot of food, you don’t have to try all of it.
8. Show up late to the party to minimize the amount of time you are left to face all of that food.
9. Hopefully you’re getting some exercise in most days of the week, but be sure to work out on game day and the next to mitigate the party damage.
Fans can check out the The Skinny on Low Cal’s game day menu ideas to find a list of low-calorie recipes perfect for your Super Bowl party.
For more information, along with free online calorie and exercise calculators, visit: www.caloriecontrol.org.
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About the Calorie Control Council
The Calorie Control Council, established in 1966, is an international non-profit association representing the low-calorie and sugar-free food and beverage industry. Today it represents 60 manufacturers and suppliers of low-calorie, low-fat and light foods and beverages, including the manufacturers and suppliers of more than a dozen different dietary ingredients including aspartame, saccharin, stevia and sucralose. For more information, visit www.caloriecontrol.org.