Big Game Activities to Burn off Foods You Just Ate
The Annual 2012 DietDetective.com "Big Game" Eating Extravaganza with Exercise Equivalents
(Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor at CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College)
The "Super Bowl" has become much more than a football game: It’s the second biggest day for food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving according to Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, assistant professor at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in New York City. Dr. Platkin is the founder of DietDetective he likes to demonstrate how much exercise you would need to do to burn off typical “Big Game” snacks. For instance, you would have to run 49 football fields to burn off just two handfuls of potato chips or do "the wave" 6389 times to burn off 6 loaded potato skins. WOW!
THREE FRIED MAC AND CHEESE BALLS = RUNNING 249 FOOTBALL FIELDS
At more than 500 calories per ball, made with peanut oil, egg, cheese, butter, flour, macaroni, milk and more, what do you expect?
Fit Tip: Try baking, adding veggies and using whole-wheat pasta and low-fat cheese.
THREE PIGS IN BLANKETS = PLAYING CATCH WITH A FOOTBALL FOR 68 MINUTES (NONSTOP)
Hot dogs wrapped in a crescent or biscuit dough adds up: Each one you pop in your mouth is 66 calories.
Fit Tip: Low calorie franks (fat free), with low-fat crescent dough.
THREE SLICES OF PIZZA HUT MEAT LOVER'S PIZZA = 1,229 MINUTES OF TEBOWING
That's more than 20 hours of continuous praying to burn off those calories. Each slice is loaded with high-calorie meats, including pepperoni, ham, beef, bacon and sausage.
Fit Tip: Try cheeseless pizza with plenty of veggies -- broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms or even artichoke hearts -- on top. Also, avoid personal pan and stuffed-crust pizzas: The thick, oily crust equals added fat and calories.
SIX BOTTLES OF BEER = DOING "THE WAVE" 4,280 TIMES
Beer and football just go together, but keep in mind, each beer is 145 calories.
Fit Tip: Planning on having a few bottles? Try Beck's Premier Light at only 64 calories per 12-ounce bottle, or MGD Light, 64 calories, Michelob Ultra or Natural Light at 95, or you can go very low with Budweiser Select for 55. Best bet is to sample a few light beers before the game to see which ones you prefer.