Well, it's another fall Sunday in America and, you know what that means. That's right, lots of guys, (and plenty of gals too), are headed for the big FOOD-BALL game! Don't laugh at me! I know it's actually FOOT-ball but hey, let's be honest, for a lot of folks, FOOD and eating is often the "other" sport played right along with the big game.
I'll challenge any 300-pound tackler to last for an hour in one of my classes.
You probably won't be surprised to know that I'm not much of a sports fan. That is, unless you count the aerobic-dancing I do with my students at Slimmons! But, you know what? I'll challenge any of the 300-pound tacklers on one of those pro-football teams to last for a whole hour in one of my classes. Hey, we can throw a pretty mean tackle ourselves and, with those tough workouts of ours...WE do! But one thing we don't do at Slimmons is load up on fattening foods before or after our workouts.
Now let's talk about the average football fan. Whether they're watching a game in person along with 75,000 other screaming fans at their local stadium or sitting at home in front of the big screen HDTV with a few of their buddies, those players on the field aren't the only ones doing the "tackling." At the stadium or at home, sports fans are tackling, too. Those calories!
Whether it's hot dogs and pizza at the game or buffalo wings and Dorito's with dip in the living room, those calories are adding up! And the worse part is, most sports fans are so busy concentrating on the game, they're not even thinking about how much food they're eating. (Hey, no wonder there are so many Pepto-Bismol commercials during a football game! LOL.)
I wonder how many calories are consumed by the average sports fan during a game?
I wonder how many grams of saturated fat, how much sodium and, oh yes, how many calories are consumed by the average sports fan during a game? Some of you ladies may even join your husbands watching the game but are you joining in on the eating, too? College football teams, like Tulane University in New Orleans, (where my brother was a captain for the football team), are famous for their tailgating parties. Oh, they serve up burgers, barbecued chicken, potato salad and even cakes and pies at some of those parties. Then, while the players are burning up thousands of calories on the field, millions of Americans are consuming millions of calories sitting in the stands or in their living room easy chairs. See why I call it FOOD-ball?
Look, gentlemen and ladies, please don't become a member of the mindless eating team when you're watching the game on TV or at the stadium. America's obesity problem is, well...BIGGER than ever! Those 300-pound football players, (I can't believe some of them actually weigh that much), are usually in top physical shape, in spite of their weight. (They have some pretty grueling workouts getting ready for those games, ya' know.) But if you allow yourself to get up to 200 or even 300 pounds, while you're sitting there with a plate-full of egg rolls dipped in sweet & sour sauce, you're not gonna end up in good shape, at all!
I hope your team wins today!
Hey, if you're watching the game this Sunday afternoon, be sure to watch those calories. I hope your team wins today but I want YOU to win, too, by LOSING all of those extra pounds! I'm cheering for you!