The World Cup 2014 is well on the way and before we even get to the business end of this amazing tournament, there is something you need to know. Watching The World Cup can make you fat! Yes, for the majority of people that won’t be actually going to Brazil, your time may be spend sitting on a sofa and piling on the pounds as every game turns into a snack-fest.
Families will gather, friends will huddle and couples will cuddle, all with one thing in common, goodies to munch on… mouthful’s of calories at every crunching tackle and moment of brilliance. Many weight-loss battles will be lost during this period, so we have some tips for you.
Avoid fried, salty and sugary snacks
There’s a reason why it’s impossible to have just one potato chip. Packaged, processed snacks are engineered to be irresistible, so it’s best not to test your self-control by having them to begin with. Make your own munchies ahead of time from whole ingredients and put out fresh, ready-to-eat options like homemade hummus and vegetables, or nuts. A very big NO to ‘small chops’, especially fried snacks.
There are usually four main food groups for tv snacks: pizza, wings, dips, and chips. The key is to replace one or two of these bad boys with a healthy option. Obviously, hummus, guacamole, and salsa are healthy choices when it comes to dips. The problem dips are the ones with cheese and sour cream. Stick to crunchy vegetables when you dip and you will consume many fewer calories.
Plan for the splurge
If you’re heading to a football watching party, you know you’ll be tempted by cheesy, fried, deliciousness when you get there. It’s OK to have a taste of this and a handful of that if you factor it into the rest of your weekend. Have a light breakfast and healthy lunch before the game, and stock your fridge with fruits and vegetables to prepare for tomorrow’s detox day.
Get up and move
Sitting on the couch doesn’t exactly burn calories, so take advantage of breaks in the action to get your heart pumping. Commercials offer the perfect amount of time for a little activity – do 15 jumping jacks, push-ups, and squats, or see if you can sprint around the house before game coverage starts again. Sounds a little hardcore but with the sheer volume of games on, it’s easy to end up sitting in front of the tv for 5 hours straight. .
Drink more water:
People tend to mindlessly guzzle beer while watching the game, putting stress on their livers and waistlines. Having one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage cuts the number you drink in half and helps negate internal damage. Also, try not to drink every day!
By now you’ve heard about the health risks of too much sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and the like in your diet. But it’s hard to pass up a tasty vodka and sprite when you’re cheering on your country. Instead of opting for the chemical-laden diet version, make your mixed drink with a blend of soda water and regular soda instead. You’ll save on sugar and calories, without sacrificing those refreshing bubbles.
Slip healthy stuff onto your plate
For some reason, it just doesn’t feel very manly to nosh on salad. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sneak the good-for-you foods into the things you want to eat. Vegetables can easily be hidden in dips, sauces, and more – you just have to get creative.
Snack foods are usually a two-bites-and-swallow kind of thing, which often causes you to fill up fast on empty calories. When you’re loading up at the coffee table buffet, opt for items that will last longer in your mouth. The more you chew and savor your food, the more time your stomach has to send those “I’m satisfied” signals to your brain – you’ll end up eating less overall and feeling well fed, too.