(EFFINGHAM, IL) – Super Bowl Sunday…the first big "holiday" of the year that can derail your New Year's diet and exercise resolutions. Your clothes are fitting better and you are eating healthier and exercising more consistently. You feel healthier and maybe you have even lost a few pounds.  Enter: The Super Bowl party. 
 
This single day can threaten your weight loss momentum, but you don't have to let that happen. Brooke Welcher-Miner, registered dietitian for the HSHS St. Anthony’s Weight Management Program, shared “The key is not to go hog wild at a Super Bowl party. If you do indulge, you just need to follow a few tips to keep your waistline lower than the game score.”
 
Welcher-Miner shared these tips to allow you to still enjoy a Super Bowl party, but keeping your New Year’s resolution to make healthier choices:

  1. Don’t go Hungry. Overeat the healthy stuff (fruits and vegetables) beforehand and you will be less tempted with unhealthy foods come game time. Enjoy the game, but not all those unhealthy calories. The chances of eating healthy will be higher if you're not feeling hungry.

 

  1. Bring a Dish. Offer to bring a fruit salad, veggies and dip, or a prepared dish with a lot of other vegetables. That way you can be certain to have lower-calorie food available to choose from.

 

  1. Limit or eliminate alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic drinks tend to be higher in calories. Also the more of them you drink, the less likely you are to stick to your eating plan. Pass on the beer and try drinking a “mocktail” like diet tonic water with lime. It tastes like a mixed drink and the bitter flavor will help quiet your appetite.

 

  1. Be Mindful.  Do you really want to eat those chips or pretzels you graze on, or do you just want to crunch? Try carrots and celery instead.

 

  1. Stay Active. Try to get a little extra physical activity in on the day before Super Bowl Sunday.  Any activity will do, just make sure you MOVE. Grocery shopping for game day, cleaning the house, dancing into the end zone…. the goal is to double your exercise for the entire weekend, any way you can do it. You can get your exercise in all at once or in little blocks. Try a 15-minute walk during halftime.

 
Need extra support to lose weight while learning healthier lifestyle strategies? Contact the weight-loss experts at the HMR Program for Weight Management™ at SAE-HMR-Program@hshs.org or by calling 217-540-2336. Visit stanthonyshospital.org/wm for more information.

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