Let's all get together and huddle around the buffet--it's the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl has become much more than a football game. It's an eating event, just like Thanksgiving. Super Bowl Sunday with friends and family is now the second biggest day for food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving.
Discover the true costs of those game-day treats by learning how much time you will have to spend in your favorite Super Bowl activities to burn off all those foods. What follows is not meant to ruin your day--just to give you a few tips for choosing the most splurgeworthy foods. And keep in mind that we all have a daily caloric budget, so it is only after you exhaust your daily budget that these exercise equivalents kick in.
A HANDFUL OF DORITOS CHIPS = 43 TOUCHDOWN DANCES IN THE END ZONE
Chips, in general, are pretty expensive, calorically. A handful of Cooler Ranch Doritos: 140 calories.
Diet pro: Eat one at a time, and don't put out huge bowls of them--make it so you have to get up each time you want more than six chips.
TWO SLICES OF STUFFED PIZZA WITH THE WORKS = 197 MINUTES CLEANING THE STADIUM AFTER THE GAME
Having two slices of Pizza Hut's 14″ large Stuffed Crust Pizza means you're looking at more than 800 calories. It's the word stuffed that should give you a clue.
Diet pro: Get thin-crust pizza with veggies, and eat it for lunch or dinner instead of a halftime snack.
FIVE PRETZELS = 15 MINUTES WALKING AROUND LOOKING FOR YOUR CAR AFTER THE GAME
Yes, I'm talking about five regular pretzels out of a bag (e.g., Rold Gold Classic Pretzels). They add up to about 60 calories. For some reason people think pretzels are healthful. Well, they don't have fat, but they also have no nutritional value.
Diet pro: Make sure you avoid those pretzels that are loaded with cheese--wow, are they high in calories.
FOUR BEERS = 64 MINUTES OF CLIMBING THE STADIUM STAIRS
Who would've "thunk" it? Beer has calories. And no, I'm not going to tell you not to have a few beers. About 150 calories per 12 ounces.
Diet pro: There are some great light beers out there. Do a taste test before the game. See if you can make the event more special with some fancy low-cal beers.
PART OF A GIANT ITALIAN SUB = 138½ MINUTES PERFORMING IN A MARCHING BAND
This is for a six-inch sub with salami, pepperoni and ham, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. It's about 650 calories.
Diet pro: Go for low-fat cheese and skip the mayo.
FIVE BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS = 102 MINUTES OF REFEREEING THE GAME
The wings are fried and high in calories, and that blue cheese dressing can be caloric suicide. Just five chicken wings with hot sauce and three tablespoons of blue cheese dressing: 599 calories.
Diet pro: Use hot sauce instead of the blue cheese. Make the wings yourself. Go skinless, and bake them instead of frying. With all that football action to distract you, you probably won't even notice the difference.