Super Sunday Nutrition Strategies

by Anna D

There’s no doubt that Super Bowl Sunday is one of those high-calorie days and if you’re rooting for the New Orleans Saints or the Indianapolis Colts, your stress levels will probably be through the roof. Most likely, you will de-stress by eating more. For those of us who don’t have the luxury of being able to afford football game tickets, we’re either attending a party or having one at home. Since I like to avoid clean up, I’m going to attend one.

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Now, I like to strike a balance in all areas of my life. That’s the only way I can keep sane (lol) and it’s just a lot more fun that way. This means that going to a Super Bowl party does not mean that I have to avoid every unhealthy food that the hostess serves. Instead, I use some simple nutrition strategies to get ready for this big day. Take note that these strategies are tried and tested to keep you on track on your fitness goals so that you’re not kicking yourself in the butt for “cheating” too much come Monday morning.

Strategy #1: Eat Mostly Lean Proteins

Scientific studies have shown that lean proteins give you that feeling of fullness. At the same time, proteins take a lot longer for your body to digest which means that you’ll stay full longer and burn more calories during digestion. Personally, I find that proteins even help me with my cravings. Once I eat enough protein in my meals, I don’t think about eating sugary stuff.

This is the specific strategy you can try on game day: eat eggs topped with some salsa for breakfast and eat chicken with romaine lettuce for lunch. Lean proteins are low in calories and both meals are pretty low in carbs. So, you’ve essentially lowered your calories and carbs to prepare yourself for the high calorie, high carbs meal that are usually served at Superbowl parties.

I still want to look like this when Monday morning comes

I still want to look like this when Monday morning comes

Strategy #2: Fasting

I’ve talked about fasting for a little bit in last week’s post but it is quite my favorite way to lose weight and keep it off. Fasting is a great way to reduce the total amount of calories that you eat without obsessing over every single morsel of food that you eat. Not to mention that you’re instantly reducing your sugar and salt intake as well.

Fasting also works well for people who are not diabetic yet but have problems with their insulin response (called insulin resistant). I am one of these people and because of this, I tend to carry my fat on my love handles and lower back when I gain weight. A quick and easy solution for me is fasting since it enhances my body’s response to insulin (makes me more sensitive to insulin).

If you don’t care about all the sciencey insulin stuff, here’s a way for you to get ready for your Superbowl party. Starting Saturday after lunch, simply don’t take in anymore calories besides sugar-free gum and/or green tea until lunch the next day. Next, for your lunch on Sunday, eat a well balanced meal with proteins and vegetables which can help you stay full until party time. This might sound difficult but it really isn’t since most hunger signals only lasts about 5-10 minutes. After that, you usually don’t notice it. Stay busy!

There you go, 2 strategies that are pretty doable and are sure to keep you on track even if you overeat during the Superbowl party. From experience, I use both strategies but strategy #2 seems to work best for me. If you choose not to follow either strategy, just make sure you don’t end up regretting it the next day. It is a lot easier to control what you eat than it is to exercise more. We simply can’t think that we can make up a bad diet with exercise. It just doesn’t work that way.

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Gail Nott July 24, 2010 at 1:03 am

Thank you for sharing these tips, Anna. How often do you do a 24-hour fast?

Anna_d July 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

Gail, I do 2 24-hour fasts a week. It works like a charm 🙂 You can decide which days it is each week depending on your schedule.

Anna

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