A Step by Step Guide to enjoying your Super Bowl party without ruining your fitness progress.
Super Bowl Sunday is a very exciting day, and it's basically recognized as a national holiday in our society. As fun as it is, if you’re on a strict diet ... it can also bring a ton of stress.
You’ve been on track since the New Year started, and you got past the holiday season … You are feeling great and seeing progress …and then BOOM. Super Bowl Sunday hits. There are parties, food (not the healthy kind), and drinks. Not the best scenario when you are working towards your fitness goals ... especially when you have been on the right track for over a month. The last thing you want to do is fall of track when you have built such great momentum.
So … what do you do?
Do you say no to the party?
Do you go, but bring your tuber ware full of healthy food and avoid the fun, drinks, and snacks?
Do you limit yourself to just one bite of food, or just one drink?
I am here to give you a few tips you can implement to help you survive Super Bowl Sunday, without depriving yourself of all of the fun it entails. Sounds good right? Heck yes it does.
First and most importantly … one day will not totally derail your progress. So, let’s get that thought out of our heads. Weeks of steady progress will not be destroyed by you enjoying yourself for one evening.
With that being said, lets go over some strategies we can use to minimize the damage:
- Get up and get a workout in before you head to your event! I like to call this “clearing some calories”. Burning off some energy so that you can use the extra food you eat more as a “re-fuel” and make some of those calories work for you!
- Keep your meals lighter throughout the day before you indulge at the party. Center them mainly around protein and veggies. Keep them lower in carbs and fats…since the majority of the food you will enjoy later that day will be a little higher in those two macronutrients. Also, protein is fantastic at helping you feel full. You will be less likely to over consume because your appetite will be much, much more controlled!
- DRINK WATER! Water will also be extremely helpful in controlling your appetite. Some people often think they are hungry when they are actually just thirsty! This will also help with making sure you do not cause to much damage later in the day!
- Look into supplements that can actually help with utilizing the extra food!
- GDA’s – Also known as glucose disposal agents. These products actually contain specific ingredients that are research proven to help clear extra glucose (carbs) from your blood stream and shuttle them to your muscles, rather them storing them as fat! This would be especially helpful if you worked out prior to your event and your muscles are actually depleted of carbohydrates!
- Greens/Digestive Enzymes/Probiotics – These specific products will help improve the way your body will actually break down the extra calories you take in at your party! They will improve digestion and almost immediately help with bloating! Let’s be honest…we will all be a little bloated after enjoying ourselves.
- Of Course, this is a party. For some ... parties mean alcohol, and that is okay! Do not be afraid to have some drinks. Do your best to match each drink with a glass of water. This will help you stay hydrated and also help you from overdoing it. Also, going back to my pervious bullet point, you can literally find products that actually help with the digestion of alcohol! We all know that a Monday morning hangover is the last thing we want!
- Lastly…remember my first point. PLEASE enjoy yourself and do not stress. Take these tips to heart, implement them, and I promise you will not derail any of the hard work you have put in since the start of the year. Just make sure you get back on track Monday morning!
All of us at Supplement Superstores are here to help! If you need any extra assistance devising a plan for your Super Bowl Party, or just help putting together a plan in general, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
**This article was written by Andrew Lynn. Andrew is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has a Bachelors in Science Nutrition and Dietetics.