Keep the weight off on Super Bowl Sunday

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Julie Wiegan
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Don’t let your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight get the best of you on Super Bowl Sunday. Health and fitness expert Dr. Eric Plasker gives us his tips on eating right while enjoying the game and the much anticipated Super Bowl commercials.

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Dips that Don’t
For dips, try hummus and babaganoush instead of heavy cheese dips. You can buy an assortment of flavors, such as red pepper, garlic and olive. Pair these with pre-cut veggies like carrots, broccoli and celery, rather than chips. You can also buy whole grain, stone ground or 100 percent whole-wheat crackers, which contain fiber and nutritional value. You’ll get all of the flavor and less of the fat.

Sub Saviors
Sub sandwiches can be a good way to get your protein and fill up on not-so-fattening food. Limit the mayo, pack your sandwich with extra lettuce and tomato, and eat it open-faced to save on calories.

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Wings for Winners
Buy baked chicken wings instead of fried ones. When wings are covered in sauce, you won’t be able to taste the difference anyway. Just be sure to steer clear of blue cheese and ranch dressings, or buy low-fat versions.

Dessert Danger
Finger foods can be the most dangerous, as they’re easy to pop into your mouth without thinking. Don’t be a grazer. Load your plate with a small portion of whatever you want to try, and then step away from the dessert table. This way, you’re practicing portion control.

Workout Warriors
Plan ahead. If you think you’ll be taking in an extra 1,000 calories on Super Bowl Sunday, make sure to get in a good workout earlier that day and on the Friday and Saturday before the game. This way, you can compensate for the extra intake and net out without weight gain.

Dr. Eric Plasker is also the best-selling author of The 100 Year Lifestyle and The 100 Year Lifestyle Workout.


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