Super Bowl Calories: How Many Will You Consume?
If it’s not the football or the commercial, the draw of Sunday’s big game might be those delicious Super Bowl calories you’ll be piling on.
If you’re the type who likes to watch what you eat, I have some bad news: the number of Super Bowl calories you’re likely to take in will blow that diet right out of the water.
First things first: how many calories should you consume on an average day?
Healthline says this:
An average woman needs to eat about 2000 calories per day to maintain, and 1500 calories to lose one pound of weight per week. An average man needs 2500 calories to maintain, and 2000 to lose one pound of weight per week.
That’s for average people. The site has a handy calculator that you can use to narrow down a better estimate for you specifically.
But when it comes to Super Bowl calories, you can forget that daily calorie figure.
A few years back, an organization called the Calorie Control Council determined the average American will gobble up at least 2,400 calories during the four to five-hour football viewing experience.
That’s not for the whole day: that’s just for the game itself.
The calories add up quickly.
Two servings of cheese nachos will add 549 calories. (And who stops at just two?)
If you’re a beer drinker, five cans — that’s about one per hour — piles on 732 calories. If you prefer the non-alcoholic route, Time said three cans of cola mean 455 calories.
If you’re thinking that 2,400 calories might be a bit low, you might not be wrong.
One pound of fat is roughly equivalent to 3,500 calories. That is to say, to burn off a pound of body weight, you need to burn 3,500 more calories than you take in.
And if you’re planning on having breakfast and/or lunch on Super Bowl Sunday, there’s a good chance you’re well over the 3,500-calorie mark for that one day.
Is there anything you can do besides a hunger strike?
Suggestions include getting in a good workout the morning of the Super Bowl. If you can burn off some calories, that’ll certainly help offset the damage you do that night.
Another suggestion is having a decent-sized lunch. The hungrier you feel by the time you arrive at the Super Bowl party, the more Super Bowl calories you’re likely to consume once you get there.
You should also plan on drinking a lot of water. Yes, water. Not beer, not soda. Water can help you feel full.
And one other commonly-suggested strategy: if you must load up at the Super Bowl party, take more of the healthier options like veggies and less of the unhealthy options — those you’ll surely recognize without help.
One final strategy that you might want to consider: avoid the scale Monday morning. Chances are it will only depress you!