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January 28, 2013
Will Super Bowl Party be the Death of Your New Year's Diet Resolution?
Don't let super snacking run up the calorie score, Loyola dietitian says
WHAT: Loyola University Health System dietitian Gina Neill is offering these and other tips for people attending Sunday's Super Bowl parties:
- Eat a small meal first, so you don't wind up snacking all night.
- Exercise beforehand to burn some calories.
- Drink alcohol in moderation or not at all. Besides adding empty calories, alcohol blocks your inhibition against overeating.
For people hosting Super Bowl parties, Neill advises:
- Serve pretzels or microwave popcorn rather than potato chips and provide fruit trays instead of assorted cheeses.
- Serve vegetable snacks, such as celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, cauliflower and broccoli.
- Use low-fat sour cream or low fat cheese in dips. Salsa is good, too.
- Order pizza with extra vegetables - no meat, no extra cheese.
- For chili, use lean or extra lean ground beef or turkey, or try vegetarian.
"It's OK to occasionally treat yourself on a special occasion like Super Bowl Sunday," Neill said. "But avoid overeating all the leftovers, which could set you up for getting off track long term. If you choose wisely, you can maintain your diet."
MEDIA: To interview Neill, call Nora Dudley in Loyola Media Relations, (708) 417-5014.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.