Contributed by Jason Knapfel, a content creator for DietsInReview.com, which provides the tools and information needed to shape a healthier you.
Whether you're a dedicated football fanatic or not, your significant other may be - and that means you will either partake in the game-time feeding frenzy, or have to find a way to avoid those tempting smells wafting from the living room.
So, why not be proactive and add a few healthy (or less unhealthy) foods to the mix?
Here are a few ways to keep a calorie catastrophe at bay:
Beer and football. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you insist on a couple of cold brews while watching your favorite team - and I know I do - try something light. For example, Budweiser Select 55 has, you guessed it, 55 calories. If you prefer something that may be a little less light on flavor, Beck's Premier Light is just 64 calories. That's still about a third of the calories in most other brews.
This tailgating favorite is loaded with fat and calories... when you eat the pork variety. Pork bratwurst has about 450 calories and 37 grams of fat. But if you go for the leaner turkey brat, you're looking at about 160 calories and 9 grams of fat. They won't ever be the ideal diet food, but this exchange will save you from a step up in waist size.
Ditch the Burger
While the occasional grilled beef burger isn't going to kill you, why not try some grilled chicken instead? Throw a little lettuce and tomato on a whole wheat bun, and you have a healthy alternative.
Share Your Meal
Are you watching the game at your favorite sports bar? We all know how super-sized restaurant meals have gotten, so why not choose a meal that you and your significant other will both enjoy... at half the calories?
Avoid Cheesy Snacks
Cheese dips and fried cheese sticks are diet disasters, not to mention they often lead to stomachaches if you overindulge. Try a little salsa to dip your chips in. But still avoid overindulging.