Let's be real: The Super Bowl makes most of us feel super sized. These days, it seems like the big game has become yet another occasion where it's socially acceptable to throw all diet rules out the window, and binge eat, and be completely unhealthy.
I think it's safe to assume that today, most football fans are feelin' a little on the pudgier side. Hell, I know I do. After consuming one-too-many wings, a handful (or three) of Doritos, and enough buffalo chicken dip to feed an entire village at last night's party, I feel like swearing off eating for days.
If only it were that easy. Clearly, not eating isn't a realistic fix for dropping those few extra pounds, and neither is hitting the gym for four straight hours during a busy work week.
However, there are a few easy, quick tweaks you can add to your daily routine this week to help beat the Super Bowl. Starting with drinking water, and lots of it!
1. Drink water: This one's easy. It's proven that drinking at least two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner can help you lose weight. If you're one of those people that just can't sip on plain old water, then add in a low-calorie flavor packet, like Crystal Light's On The Go packets, to spruce things up.
2: Up your fiber intake: I'll cut to the chase -- adding fiber to your diet helps regulate your digestive system. Also, high fiber foods make you feel more full faster. You know what that means, don't ya? If you fill up on fiber rich foods, like nuts, veggies, beans, and oats, you won't be jonesin' for an extra snack (or two) midday.
3. Eat slower: Don't be in a rush! Chew your food fully, and allow your body time to realize it's full. Instead of gobbling down, say, a turkey burger in two minutes flat, eat it over the course of 10. You may be surprised when you don't want those last few bites.
4. Take the stairs: Whether it's once or 10 times a day, taking the stairs squeezes in a little extra cardio into your jam-packed schedule.
5. Brush your teeth right after dinner: It may seem like an odd suggestion, but how often do you find yourself heading back into the kitchen after the final meal of the day looking for something else to nosh on? For me -- it's all the time. Brushing your pearly whites after dinner could be just the reminder you need to stay away from the leftover Super Bowl snacks.
Are you feeling bloated after last night's big game?
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