The “Big Game” has become much more than a football game: It’s the second biggest day for food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. (I know that my focus isn’t on what yard line a team is on, it’s on how much clam dip is left in the bowl!) So, to choose the most “splurge worthy” foods, here are the exercise equivalents* – in a Super Bowl theme – for some of your favorite football snacks from Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, public health advocate, editor of DietDetective.com and Distinguished Lecturer (professor) at the CUNY School of Public Health at HUNTER College. The idea is to use exercise equivalents to provide a reference for calories.
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.
Diet Pro Way To Go: Make your own 100 percent whole-wheat pita chips, and use salsa instead of the artichoke dip. There are many different kinds of salsa. They’re good, and they’re only 15 calories per tablespoon.
Six (6) Traditional Hand-Spum 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.
Diet Pro Way To Go: You can certainly make your own chicken wings. Go skinless and bake instead of deep frying them.
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.
Diet Pro Way To Go: How about making your own popcorn? Sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese and spray it with butter spray.
Three (3) Pepsi’s = 57 Minutes of Dancing to Beyoncé During the Super Bowl Halftime Performance. Each 12-ounce can is 100 calories. So to burn off just three Pepsi’s you need to dance for more than an hour to Beyoncé’s songs. Have you danced for an hour straight? (If so, good for you!)
Diet Pro Way To Go: Water, flavored seltzer, unsweetened ice tea there are so many low- or no-calorie drinks.
*Shared with permission from “The Annual 2013 DietDetective.com “Big Game” Eating Extravaganza with Exercise Equivalents” By Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH