Thursday, February 3, 2011

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: Dietitian Gina Bucciferro, of the Loyola University Health System, 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, Bucciferro 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 and no meat or 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," Bucciferro 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."


To interview Bucciferro, call Nora Plunkett in Loyola Media Relations, (708) 216-6268.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part 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. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At 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 Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago 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.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.