Your body doesn’t know what is Super Bowl Sunday. And no matter how much you want to believe that the only numbers that matter are the ones on the scoreboard, your body will be keeping count of every calorie you consume on February 5.
And while Americans do spend a combined $93 million dollars on deli salads and veggie trays on football’s biggest day (according to research from Nielson), we’re betting you aren’t filling your plate with celery and carrot sticks exclusively. Research shows that Americans are set to put back a staggering amount of food this Sunday, with projected consumption across the country including 1.3 billion chicken wings, nearly 20 million pounds of chips, and more than 325 million gallons of beer.
So, we added up a single serving of the top-ten most popular Super Bowl foods (according to Google Trends), figured in some beer and soda for good measure, and concocted a typical Super Bowl–sized calorie count of 3,342. Then, we broke down the exercise it would take to negate the damage of each serving of food — one burpee and push-up at a time. You tell us, is that extra piece of pizza worth it?
All calorie counts are based on a single serving of company nutritional information. Activity MET values are sourced from the National Cancer Institute. For caloric-burn calculations, the Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide was based on a 180-pound male.
Ate it: TGI Friday’s frozen Cheddar & Bacon potato skins: 220 calorie for three pieces.
Negate it: 18 minutes of cycling at moderate effort.
Ate it: Schwan’s Zesty Jalapeno Bites: 180 calories for three pieces.
Negate it: 16 minutes of jumping jacks at vigorous effort.
Pigs in a Blanket
Ate it: Stop & Shop Mini Pigs in a Blanket: 280 calories for four pieces.
Negate it: 26 minutes of high-intensity kettlebell swings.
Ate it: One Publix Deli deviled egg 70 calories for one half an egg.
Negate it: 6 minutes of high-intensity rowing.
Pulled Pork Sandwich
Ate it: Jack Daniel’s Pulled Pork: 280 calories for 1/3 pound.
One Sara Lee Sweet Hawaiian bun: 170 calories.
Negate it: 40 minutes of nonstop burpees.
Ate it: Two tablespoons of Whole Foods Traditional guacamole: 34 calories.
Seven Tostitos Original Restaurant Style tortilla chips: 140 calories.
Negate it: 15 minutes of nonstop push-ups.
Ate it: Chili’s Classic Beef Nachos: 273 calories for 1/6 of a plate.
Negate it: 24 minutes of mountain climbers.
Ate it: Buffalo Wild Wings Traditional Jumbo snack-size chicken wings: 850 calories for eight wings.
Negate it: 49 minutes of jumping rope nonstop.
Ate it: One cup of Campbell’s Chunky Beef & Bean Roadhouse Chili: 240 calories.
Negate it: 19 minutes of climbing stairs.
Ate it: One slice of Pizza Hut hand-tossed cheese pizza: 290 calories.
Negate it: 19 minutes of running at 7 mph (8.5 min/mile).
Drank it: Sam Adams Boston Lager: 175 calories per 12 oz bottle.
Negate it: 23 minutes of punching a heavy bag, boxing.
Drank it: Coca-cola: 140 calories per 12 oz can.
Negate it: 13 minutes of squat jumps.
Grand total: 3,342 calories and one insane 268-minute workout.