NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 5:02 PM
A football isn’t the only pig getting tossed around on Super Bowl Sunday.
During the Super Bowl some people eat up to a whopping 6,000 calories, according to researchers — this is more than many people should eat over three days, health experts say.
Consider the usual menu for viewers of the big game: lots of beer, loaded nachos, chicken wings, chips, pizza, sugary soda, burgers and more beer.
“For one person?” asks East Village registered dietitian Rochelle Sirota. “Get to the hospital!”
And those empty calories take their toll.
“You would have to stay up all night, basically, to work it off,” she says.
Sure, that is at the extreme end of what people consume but it’s in the ballpark say experts.
The Calorie Control Council, a trade group for low-fat foods, estimates that the average person will probably consume around 2,400 calories just during the Super Bowl.
The council’s spokesman acknowledges that this is a “conservative estimate.”
So, eating up to 6,000 calories over the hours of the game is not that hard to comprehend, says Sylvia P. Poulos, the council’s registered dietitian.
“It is absolutely possible and honestly I suspect for some people drinking alcohol, it’s a day of overindulgence and not difficult to get to (those) numbers,” she says.
Worse, just how long it takes someone to burn off those calories depends on what kind of physical shape that person is in.
“For a fit person, you can burn 500 calories an hour, “running on a treadmill, says Gabriel Valencia, cofounder of Chelsea’s Focus Integrated Fitness, a personal training institute. “You are talking 12 hours of exercise and that’s for a 30-year-old man in good shape.”
A middle-aged woman who can handle an hour on an elliptical trainer, may only burn 250 calories. She would have to spend a whopping 24 hours on the exercise machine to work off the indulgence.
Still a 6,000-calorie binge is surprisingly easy during Super Bowl Sunday.
“Especially when watching a game, people are not focused on eating,” Valencia says. “And people overeat by a significant percentage when watching TV or not paying attention.”
The Calorie Control Council, a trade group for low-calorie foods, acknowledges this sample Super Bowl menu is a conservative estimate of what most fans will eat during the game. And it is still more than most people should eat in a day.
Compounding the damage is the greasy, fat-filled food they are gorging on.
As an alternative, Sirota suggests ordering salads, healthy burritos or a fruit salad — even if just for the color. Maybe someone will eat a grape.
Another trick to staying trim, is to only hit the food table during the commercials, Poulos says.
“And there are lots of commercials,” she says. “It gives you a little bit of a filter and some commercials you will want to watch and not get up.”
Trainer Valencia tells his clients to hit the gym before the party, “so your body will utilize the calories more efficiently.”