January is the kick-off to the weight loss season. And then comes February, when Super Bowl kicks off a diet-derailing detour. Americans consume about 30 million pounds of food, over 50 million cases of beer and 11.2 million pounds of potato chips during the game. So we asked an expert for tips on how to snack smart during the game: Drew Manning, author of "Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose" (click for details).
Drew knows what it takes to lose weight from two perspectives: He's an experienced fitness trainer who works closely with overweight clients to advise them on diet and exercise. And he also became his own guinea pig by deliberately gaining - and then losing - 75 pounds so he could understand what those clients went through.
Drew offers these tips:
- Instead of potato chips and dip, try sweet potato chips or a vegetable platter with hummus
- Eat a healthy brand of popcorn.
- Skip the beer and sip zero-calorie Zevia soda, which is made without artificial ingredients. (Read a full review of Zevia and find out about the different flavors by clicking here.)
- Try making BBQ chicken lettuce wings rather than eating pre-made Buffalo wings.
- Enjoy a healthy dessert such as protein fudge.
Having problems staying on track with weight loss? Drew suggests these tips:
- Set small, detailed goals.
- Stay accountable by writing it down and sharing it with trusted family and friends.
- Stay positive and reward yourself with non-food pleasures such as new running shoes.
- And get more guidance from Drew on diet and fitness by clicking here for his "Fit2Fat" weight loss book.