Enjoy Super Bowl Parties without Sabotaging Your Results
Let’s face it: there’s always a holiday, a birthday, a party, an event, or a social gathering going on. Try to think of a month when there isn’t anything going on. It doesn’t happen often! If you want to achieve your health and fitness goals, you must learn how to deal with these situations.
To achieve your goals, I’m not implying that you must adhere to a strict clean-eating regimen at all times. Basically, you just need to choose your battles wisely.
1. Stick With Your Regular Work Out Routine
Even if you don’t work out on weekends or take Sunday off, it’s a good idea to get in a quick workout before the Super Bowl to rev up your metabolism. Maintain as much of your routine as possible. Most of us use a “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to exercise. Folks, I’m speaking from personal experience. It’s critical to stick to your workout routine. Because of the extra calories you’ll be consuming, you should try to be even more active than usual. Perform a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout before leaving the house or before your guests arrive. Go for a quick lap around the block. Simply get moving!
2. Don’t Go Crazy
Just because the Super Bowl is here doesn’t mean you have the green light to eat anything and everything in sight. Instead, you should eat only until you reach the point where you are satisfied, not overly full or an uncomfortable stage. It’s critical to understand that lean and fit people don’t binge eat. Pay close attention to your stomach and body. Enjoy your meals, but do so in moderation. Take a few bites or split a piece of pizza with your partner. Seconds are welcome, and if you’re the host, leftovers should be given away.
3. Be Alcohol-Free During the Week
After work, do you unwind with a glass of wine? With dinner, maybe a beer? During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, you should try going without your nightly drink. Alcohol is high in empty calories, and you’ll almost certainly consume far more than usual at the Super Bowl party. Drink in moderation, as always. When you’re hungover, keep in mind that you’re more likely to eat poorly.
4. Choose Vegetables, Fruit & Lean Proteins
First and foremost, ensure that you fill up on healthier choices. Eat as much lean meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables as possible. You will have less room for unhealthy options if you do this. You’ll have less room for all the wings, pizza, chips and dips, and all the other unhealthy options. Protein and fat should take precedence over carbohydrates. If you’re going to a Super Bowl party, prioritize protein and fat-rich foods before moving on to “smart carbs” like vegetables and fruits. Ignore the high-sugar processed carbs.
5. Eat a healthy snack before the Super Bowl party.
We often believe that we should “save” our calories for the party, so we don’t eat anything throughout the day. When we arrive, we are ravenous and devour the food. If you eat a healthy snack before leaving, you won’t overeat when you get there. Before you leave, eat something. If you’re on a more restrictive diet right now, you might want to eat something before going to the party. You can concentrate on the people, the game, and the great commercials while at the party!
6. Drink Plenty of Water
If there was a weight-loss drink, it would almost certainly be water. Water makes up more than 60% of your body composition. Water also helps to increase your metabolism. Another benefit of drinking water is that it’ll fill space in your stomach and encourage you to eat smaller portions.(2) Make sure you drink at least 1-2 glasses of water for each plate you eat. If you’re going for seconds, try to drink at least one glass of water beforehand.
7. Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation not only affects your mind, but it also increases your appetite. Being sleepy is similar to being hungover or even drunk, as I mentioned earlier. When you’re groggy, you’re more likely to make poor decisions and not think things through completely. When you’re sleep deprived, you simply don’t have the mental clarity to make good decisions. It’s not always easy, but getting enough sleep will help your body regulate hunger and reduce your chances of overeating. (1)
Have fun and enjoy your self without the guilt this Super Bowl Sunday!