- Eat breakfast! Research suggests that those who eat breakfast that includes carbs, protein and healthy fats stay satisfied during the day and eat less than those who skip breakfast.
- If you had plans to exercise on game day, stick to those plans and get your exercise in early.
- During the watch party or tailgate, choose your favorite dishes but limit your portion sizes. Depriving yourself of the foods and drinks you love could backfire.
- Fill up with some lean proteins in the beginning like shrimp cocktail, hot wings without the sauce, veggies, or nuts. If your party includes a full meal, load up half your plate with greens and non-starchy veggies leaving less room for cheesy casseroles and large portions of meat.
- If you’re partying away from home and know there won’t be healthier options, consider making a healthy dish to take with you. You can also eat a balanced meal before you leave home, so you won’t be as hungry and tempted to fill up on unhealthy fare outside of the house.
- Choose smaller portioned food and beverages like the Coca Cola mini can which comes in some of your favorite flavors like Diet Coke or Coke Zero or pouring your beverages into a smaller cup to drink from.
- Drink light beer in moderation and stay hydrated during the day with other non-alcoholic beverages like water, flavored water and teas.
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- Focus on watching the game and enjoy eating during halftime and not during every quarter.
- During half time, get up and move around. Sitting the entire game will only make you feel heavy and slow down your metabolism.
The final score is that you can still indulge and enjoy all the big flavors on game day using smaller portions and a little common sense. With these tips, you can stay on track with your diet and exercise routines without adding those unwanted pounds.
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Rani G. Whitfield, M.D. is a board certified family physician with a Certificate of Added Qualification in sports medicine. He has become known as “Tha Hip Hop Doc” or “H2D” as he uses hip hop music as a medium to educate youth and young adults on health issues. Dr. Whitfield serves as a medical consultant for The Coca-Cola Company, MSNBC, Sirius XM Radio’s Sway in the Morning, and the Tom Joyner Morning Show to name a few. He is currently in private practice in his native Baton Rouge, LA.
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