This AFL season, don't follow your nose!
Think twice before following your nose to the back of the queue for hot chips and head to the sushi, or sandwich stand.
Regardless of which team you support you’ll be sure to agree that one of the first things to hit your senses when you enter the ground is the smell of the food stands, particularly the hot chips.
Many footy fans see the participation in their weekend ritual, as an opportunity to indulge in junk food, alcohol, and fizzy drinks. fatty foods
So is the footy season making us fat? ……..
Lets take your traditional Aussie meat pie for starters. At around 1,500kJ,and packed with four teaspoons of fat, it would take the average footy fan approximately 50 minutes of cycling, 1hr 15 minutes of swimming or around 2 hours of housework to burn this off!
Combine this with a regular serve of hot chips and you double your energy intake by adding another five teaspoons of fat and an extra 1,800kJ.
Perhaps without you realizing it, your footy snack has already provided you with a whopping 9 teaspoons of fat and 3,300kJ.
But what about a drink?
Well, wash this all down with a 600mL bottle of your typical soft drink and you’ll look to consume the equivalent of fifteen teaspoons of sugar and another 1,080kJ! In fact the drink alone is the equivalent in energy to eating 2 slices of fruit toast with margarine, or 1 cup of ice cream or 3 pieces of fruit.
But let’s not forget alcohol. Drink four mid strength beers whilst cheering on your team and it’ll set you back another 1,720kJ, the equivalent of eating another regular serve of chips!
Whilst not everyone will crumble to these temptations, many do. This typical footy meal packs a whopping 4,380-5,020kJ, almost half the recommended daily energy intake for an average male. Plus it would take an 80Kg person approximately 3.5 hours fast pace on a treadmill to burn it off.
So perhaps think twice before following your nose to the back of the queue for hot chips and head to the sushi, or sandwich stand.
Armed with a bottle of water, your waistlines will love you for it!
Sophy Foreman has established a reputation in Western Australia as a leading High Performance Sports Dietitian. She currently pursues her passion in this area by working with a number of elite sports teams including; The Emirates Western Force, WA Rugby Academy, and The Perth Glory. She also worked for The Fremantle Dockers for six seasons (2005-2011).