According to an online US survey, 1 in 4 football fans claim to have gained an average of 10 pounds during football season.
The survey, conducted on behalf of Nutrisystem by Harris Interactive, found that out of 1,283 American football fans polled in early January 2013, 25 percent reported that they gained weight during the football season. For those that reported weight gain, the average was 10 pounds, while 16 percent admitted they gained 20 pounds or more.
Here’s another shocker: According to the USDA, the Super Bowl is the second largest food consumption day behind Thanksgiving. Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks, with the average football fan consuming 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat, reports The Calorie Control Council. And that’s just from snacking- it doesn’t even take into to account all the alcohol and calorie-laden beverages that are also consumed.
This weight gain can be made even worse if you’re a fan of the losing team. According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, fans of the losing team tend to load up on saturated fats and sugars the Monday after the big game, whereas fans of the winning team opt for healthier foods.
In 2013, Nutrisystem orders from men doubled the day after the Super Bowl, showing that while New Years is commonly thought of as the beginning of diet season, guys prefer to wait to give up their beer and wings until they are done cheering on their favorite teams.
If that’s you, win or lose, Monday is the time to make a change. Check out our most popular weight loss diets for men to better help you on the biggest diet decision day of the year.
Nutrisystem for Men: The NutriSystem weight loss programs have helped many individuals who struggle with their weight to struggle no more. Whereas many diets have a strong female slant to them, NutriSystem created three different programs designed just to accommodate the caloric needs of men who want to lose weight. Each NutriSystem for Men program includes a customized meal plan of prepackaged foods that are delivered to your door, a meal planner, free weight loss counseling, and a host of online tools.
The Eat-Clean Diet for Men: The Eat Clean Diet For Men is an extension of the Eat Clean Diet, which has been lauded by many followers as a surefire way to weight loss and vibrant health. Now, this plan has been altered with a few tweaks in order to make it more guy-friendly. Complete with the same clean-eating principles, the Eat Clean Diet for Men espouses eating tons of veggies, fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats and hearty grains all with the intention of losing weight, building muscle and developing an ironclad physique.
The Paleo Diet: The Paleolithic Diet, also known as the Paleo Diet or the Caveman Diet, is one that includes eating the foods that were consumed by those living during the Paleolithic times some 10,000 years ago. The concept is that our bodies are genetically and evolutionary designed to survive and thrive on the foods that were available to our early Paleolithic ancestors, like meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots and nuts. There are no grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar or processed oils because this type of eating took place before the development of agriculture. Check out our full list of Paleo approved foods here.
Atkins Diet: More than 40 years ago, Dr. Robert Atkins introduced his low-carb diet, starting the low-carb revolution. If you’ve already tried this diet and given up, keep reading: The Atkins Diet has recently received a much needed update, releasing in early 2015 as Atkins 40. The updated Atkins program is a research-supported eating plan that still features the low-carb, high-protein principles of the original Atkins Diet, but with more leniency, simplicity, and variety to make sticking to easier, while still getting results.
Weight Watchers: While Oprah‘s face is plastered all over everyone’s TV screens these days, Weight Watchers is not just for the ladies. Weight Watchers allows you to eat the foods you like without restriction. Simply stay within your daily range and you can still enjoy the foods you love balanced with nutritious choices like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Unlike many diets, Weight Watchers also encourages an active lifestyle. Weight Watchers was made popular by the weekly meetings that are still a cornerstone of the program today.