Retrofit Dietitians Provide Tips on How to Tailgate Like a Champion

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Retrofit dietitians report on how they fuel up during football season

Football season can be a challenging time to lose or maintain weight, because you often are surrounded by unhealthy food and drinks with excess calories.

Nachos, wings and beer are a mainstay during football season, but these treats may leave you Monday morning quarterbacking the snack selection at your weekend football gathering.

Registered dietitians from Retrofit, a leading provider of corporate weight management programs, offer the following tips on how to be a football foodie while keeping your health in the game.

Have a game plan. The best defense is a good offense. Consider bringing some of your own healthy dishes and beverages to your weekend tailgate or football party. This way you will be well-equipped to stay on track.

Be realistic. As you create your plan of attack, be real with yourself. It is likely unrealistic to say that you will not have any alcohol, snack foods or dessert. Think about compromises and what you love versus what you just like. If you love having a beer or two while watching the game and do not care much about chips or cookies, then choose the beer and leave the chips and cookies for someone else.

Football food swap. High-calorie foods and alcohol can really do a number on the waistline. Swap burgers for grilled chicken sandwiches and chips with dip for veggies and hummus. These two simple swaps can save you 250 calories.

Practice the one plate rule. Tailgating and football parties are often set up buffet style, which can lead to mindless munching. Commit to only having one plate of food. Then pass on seconds.

Flag on the play? Timeout on the field? Take these moments to put down the nachos, get off the couch and get moving.

“Football season can be a challenging time to lose or maintain weight, because you often are surrounded by unhealthy food and drinks with excess calories,” said Amy Margulies, Lead Registered Dietitian, Retrofit. “But just as a quarterback looks at all of his options before he throws the winning touchdown pass, be sure you look at all of your choices before deciding on your best game-day selections.”

Retrofit employees are committed to living a healthy lifestyle. These tips came from the company’s online dashboard where employees share information on how to be healthy.

About Retrofit
Retrofit offers weight management solutions that help employers tackle obesity and deliver proven outcomes and lasting results. Ninety percent of participants lose weight and 68 percent keep it off 18 months later. Retrofit clients also are two times more satisfied than those on other weight-loss programs, according to a recent client satisfaction survey. Retrofit attributes its success to five key factors: 1) a scientifically based program design; 2) highly credentialed experts who drive a personalized experience and true engagement; 3) a multi-disciplinary, high-tech/high-touch approach; 4) the adaptability of the program to integrate or run discreetly within organizations’ broader wellness ecosystems, and 5) “happiness delivered” with proven outcomes that transform lives and workplaces. For more information, visit Also follow the company on Facebook and Twitter at @retrofitme.

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