How Much Exercise Will It Take to Battle The Defensive Food Blues


2013 Resolutions were to loose the weight from the holidays and your well into February.  Then here comes The Superbowl…..An extension of the holidays and another reason to gorge on more food.  Lets take a look at what amount of exercise that you will have to kick up to to recover from the Superbowl food blues according to Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, founder and editor of

Handful of pita chips, each with artichoke dip = running 141 football fields

Each chip is 13 calories, plus 1 tablespoon of dip is 80 calories.

Lower-cal alternative: Make your own 100 per cent whole-wheat pita chips and use salsa instead of the artichoke dip. There are many different kinds of salsa. They’re good, and they’re only 15 calories per tablespoon.

Two (2) slices of Dominos bacon cheeseburger feast hand-tossed specialty pizza (16 inches) = 209 minutes performing in a marching band

Pizza AND a cheeseburger — what will they think of next? Each slice is 490 calories.

Lower-cal alternative: Try thin-crust pizza.

One Sloppy Joe = 59 minutes of climbing the stadium stairs

This is a Tex-Mex creation that includes fatty ground beef, sugar, ketchup and even flour. Sloppy Joes have more than 500 calories with the bun (150 calories).

Lower-cal alternative: Use lean ground beef and try a low-calorie sauce (without sugar). It will still taste great. Also, add veggies (onions, peppers, broccoli all chopped up) to the meat to lower overall calories and increase health benefits.

Six Buffalo wings dipped in ranch dressing = doing “the wave” 6,480 times

Stand up, wave your hand and be counted 6,480 times. Six Buffalo wings have up to 990 calories. Then add about two servings of ranch dressing at 170 calories each for a total of 340 calories. That’s 1,330 calories if you have only a small dip of dressing per wing.

Lower-cal alternative: You can certainly make your own chicken wings. Go skinless and bake instead of deep frying them.

Two (2) handfuls of Cheetos Jumbo Puffs = 30 minutes of playing professional football

The only problem is that, according to The Wall Street Journal, there are only about 11 minutes of actual ball playing in a football game. That means you need to play almost three games of professional football to burn off two handfuls of Cheetos. Keep in mind, that’s 320 calories for about 2 ounces.

Lower-cal alternative: How about making your own popcorn? Sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese and spray it with butter spray.

One (1) handful of trail mix = 49 touchdown dances in the end zone

Keep in mind, nuts and chocolate have about 160 calories per ounce, which is not bad if you don’t take five handfuls before you’ve even noticed.

Lower-cal alternative: Try having ONLY nuts. Nuts are healthy, but they’re very high in calories, so don’t keep a huge bowl in front of you.

And try to eat them one at a time — meaning don’t shove an entire handful into your mouth all at once.

Four (4) bacon-wrapped smokies = 156 minutes being the team mascot

Little sausages wrapped in bacon, popping just four of those in your mouth will cost you 156 minutes of jumping around and acting a bit foolish (the good news is you’ll be wearing a costume).

The bacon alone, (without the sausage and brown sugar) is more than 80 calories, for a total of more than 160 calories per appetizer. Four of them go down easy for 640 calories.

Lower-cal alternative: If you must eat some type of bacon-wrapped hors d’oeuvres, go with Applegate Farms Organic Hickory Smoked Uncured Turkey Bacon, at only 35 calories per slice.

Three (3) Pepsis = 57 minutes of dancing to Beyoncé during the super bowl halftime performance

Each 12-ounce can is 100 calories. So to burn off three Pepsis you need to dance for more than an hour to a Beyoncé song. Have you heard her music? Have you danced for an hour straight?

Lower-cal alternative: Water, flavoured seltzer, unsweetened iced tea — there are so many low- or no-calorie drinks from which to choose.
The Province January 31, 2013
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