It’s Super Bowl week! Are you ready to decide on your favorite ad? Oh, and there is the food! Lots of food!

Super bowl can mean super calories. Ok, so we eat more snacks during this one game. How bad can it be? Can’t I just go to the gym a few times and undo the damage? Maybe, but before you shove those buffalo wings into your mouth, consider what public health advocate, Charles Platkin, editor of DietDetective.com tells us about exercise equivalents to all the eating we’ re about to enjoy. This may give you pause to put down that chocolate cherry cake. Especially if you celebrate any number of occasions with overeating.

SIX (6) TRADITIONAL HAND-SPUN BUFFALO WILD WINGS DIPPED IN RANCH DRESSING = DOING “THE WAVE” 6,480 TIMES
Stand up, wave your hand and be counted 6,480 times. Six wings from Buffalo Wild Wings have 990 calories. Then add about two servings of ranch dressing at 170 calories each for a total of 340 calories. That’s 1,330 calories if you have only a small dip of dressing per wing.

HANDFUL OF PITA CHIPS, EACH WITH ARTICHOKE DIP = RUNNING 141 FOOTBALL FIELDS
Each chip is 13 calories, plus just 1 tablespoon, probably just about a chips worth, of dip is 80 calories.

THREE (3) PEPSIS = 57 MINUTES OF DANCING TO BEYONCE DURING THE SUPER BOWL HALFTIME PERFORMANCE
Each 12-ounce can is 100 calories. So to burn off just three Pepsis you need to dance for more than an hour to a Beyoncé song. Have you heard her music? Have you danced for an hour straight?

ONE (1) HANDFUL OF TRAIL MIX = 49 TOUCHDOWN DANCES IN THE END ZONE
Keep in mind, nuts and chocolate have about 160 calories per ounce, which is not bad if you don’t take five handfuls before you’ve even noticed.

TWO (2) SLICES OF DOMINOS BACON CHEESEBURGER FEAST HAND-TOSSED SPECIALTY PIZZA (16 inches) = 209 MINUTES PERFORMING IN A MARCHING BAND
Pizza AND a cheeseburger what will they think of next? Each slice is 490 calories, but it is hand tossed.

TWO (2) HANDFULS OF CHEETOS JUMBO PUFFS = 30 MINUTES OF PLAYING PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL
The only problem is that, according to The Wall Street Journal, there are only about 11 minutes of actual ball playing in a football game. That means you need to play almost three games of professional football to burn off two handfuls of Cheetos. Keep in mind, that’s 320 calories for about 2 ounces yes, only 2 ounces.

Should I say have fun and enjoy? Or did I just ruin the fun? Maybe enjoy the game, but be mindful of what you eat. And make sure you have at least one low calorie snack on which to munch!

Remember, one day of overeating is not going to make a big difference. Just cut back the next few days. But also think about how often we use food to celebrate good times. For some of us, that means extra calories and weight gain.

 

 

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