Published: Jan. 6, 2009
Updated: Jan. 6, 2009
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By Duke Medicine News and Communications
So your New Year's resolution is to lose weight in 2009 and already you're faced with your first challenge: Super Bowl Sunday.
The traditional fare of overstuffed heroes, chicken wings, chili, and of course, chips and dips, is enough to weaken the will of any new dieter.
"People get very excited watching football and they don't see what they're shoveling in their mouths," says Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. "They eat out of excitement, stress, happiness, sadness, all the emotions that go along with watching the big game. "You can consume thousands of calories and hundreds of fat grams without thinking about what you're doing."
That's a problem, when you consider that walking to the fridge for another beer doesn't burn off any extra calories. Nor does screaming at the television.
The secret to Super Bowl party success -- rather than excess -- lies in the players themselves. "If you eat the way athletes do -- diets that balance foods low in fats, lean proteins and some carbohydrates -- you're more likely to make it through the party unscathed," Politi says.
It's pretty simple to accomplish. Here's how: