I enjoy sports more than most women I know, but I have to admit I’m not really into the Super Bowl this year. No offense to any Patriots or Giants fans out there, but the teams just don’t excite me. That being said, I am certainly looking forward to the Super Bowl party I will be attending this evening! Unfortunately, Super Bowl parties have usually resulted in diet sabotage for me but I’m determined to make this year different.
1. Fill up on veggies first.
Is there a veggie platter at the party? Live there. And no, don’t go dunking your veggies in the fattening ranch dip. You’re defeating the purpose. But rather than burying yourself in a bowl of Chex Mix (my personal party weakness) or potato chips, grab a few carrots. The veggies will fill you up and you’ll be less likely to gorge on the buffalo wings. Not sure if the party you’re attending will have a veggie platter? Offer to bring one!
2. Avoid grazing.
If you’re going to graze, be sure to follow Rule #1. But it’s a better strategy to fill a plate. This comes back to my Chex Mix weakness. A handful here and a handful there quickly turns into the entire bowl. Not that I would know from experience or anything. Putting your food on a plate before eating it will better help you determine your portion sizes.
3. Limit liquid calories.
Obviously, eliminating liquid calories is the best strategy. But if you’re going to drink today, be mindful about what you are drinking. One beer can quickly become two and two can quickly turn into three. If you’re not careful those liquid calories will add up quickly!
And above all else…enjoy the game (and the commercials)!
What are your tips for avoiding diet sabotage on Super Bowl Sunday?