Indulge on Super Bowl Sunday without busting your diet

Posted at: 01/31/2014 8:47 AM
Updated at: 01/31/2014 9:09 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4



Super Bowl Sunday isn't only the biggest game of the year, but it's also a big day for junk food. Pizza, Buffalo wings, beer… Can you have it all without ruining your diet?

Dr. Patty Glasrud, a dietician with ABQ Health Partners, said avoiding junk food on Super Bowl Sunday isn't realistic.

Dr. Glasrud said, on average, a person consumes about 2,000 calories during the game. She gave KOB Eyewitness News 4 a rundown on how many calories some popular Super Bowl snacks are: One deep fried buffalo wing with sauce is 100 calories; a light beer about 100 to 150 calories and a darker beer is more than 200 calories.

She said it's all about portion control – avoid walking back and forth to the snack table. Instead, make yourself a plate.

"It tells you how much you ate and it reminds you that you did eat this much food. If you're grazing, you have no idea how much you ate, what you ate or when it was consumed," Dr. Glasrud said.

Getting active before the game starts is also something Dr. Glasrud suggests. She said exercising can help you make good decisions when you're at the table, making your plate.

"They may be more conscious of what they're doing and they don't want to blow the work that they did earlier in the day. So taking a light walk or just doing your normal exercise routine can help you stay on track," Dr. Glasrud said.

Remember – it's just one day. If you're on a diet and you "cheat" on Sunday, just get back on track Monday.