It’s that time of year again! Plan your diet accordingly.

Who doesn’t love the fall? Its still a little warm during the day, crisp at night and in the morning and oh yes, my favorite part, it’s Football Season! 4 hours of violence surrounded by beer and really good, not so good for you, food. What’s not to like??? The question is, how do I enjoy myself without gaining weights that I will have to loose during the spring and summer. So here are a few tricks to help you get the most out of your football season while keeping the most off your waist.

1. Keep it clean during the week with a really strict diet. Lots of vegetables, Lean Meats (preferably wild or grass fed), and keep it to no more than 2 servings of thin skinned fruit per day.

2. follow a good workout schedule, spend 4-6 weeks working up to interval training, then try to achieve maximum heart rate 1-2 times per week with interval training.

3.  If you have time (or make time), get a workout in before the game.  The extra hormones floating around will help you process the food with less insulin.

4. Be active during tailgating: throw the football with some friends. Don’t sit too much.Walk around and see some other friends that are tailgating.

5. Throw in some healthy foods with the burgers and dogs. For example, venison chili and a veggie platter with guacamole for dip. Maybe even use bison for the hamburgers…..maybe…. None the less, a few healthy foods will help keep you from stuffing your self silly with bad stuff….but they won’t keep you from stuffing yourself silly (overall less calories though).

6. Get a good beer!!!!!! Have some Guinness, it is oddly one of the “healthiest” beers available. It is technically a light beer (11 g of carbs per serving to qualify as a light beer), it is loaded with antioxidants (which offset the effects of the extra sugar and alcohol), and you will drink less because they are filling….and it doesn’t taste like watered down horse pee like most pansy light beers… so if you are gonna have a beer, man up and have a good one  (ladies, that was for you too…).  In addition, most light beers are so light that you actually drink a lot more of them and end up getting a lot more carbs than you would have gotten with a real bear. And by the way, alcohol processes just like fructose (a sugar), and doesn’t register as a carb on the label. In other words, drinking a light beer to keep your carbs down is light getting your Combo supersized but having diet soda and a candy bar. Useless.

7. Don’t indulge for every game that you watch. Pick one. Keep your diet clean for the rest.

8. Use small plates. Go back as often as you would like.

9. Actually go to the game, as opposed to watching on TV. This way you will be more active than sitting in front of the TV, and you are less likely to watch games all day long.

8. Try not to watch games all day Saturday and Sunday (and Thursday night, and Friday night). I love football, and I know that it is tempting, but try to limit yourself to a couple of games per week. (it will be better for your waist and your marriage if you happen to be married.)

9. e-mail me for a customized workout and diet plan. 🙂

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