'Don’t turn into a couch potato’

Dietitian warns of World Cup snacking dangers.

Many men and boys (and a few women) who spend the next three-and-a-half weeks snacking while watching the World Cup games on TV will end up several kilos heavier by the time the winner is declared – unless they take dietitians’ advice.
Watching TV in general often creates “couch potatoes,” but the tension felt by soccer fans triggers the “munchies” even more.
Adina Ben-Aharon, chief clinical dietitian at Soroka University Medical Center, notes that just 100 grams of sunflower seeds and nuts have some 600 calories; other TV snacks 500; pizza 300 per slice; beer 150 per can; alcoholic drinks 100 per 30 milliliters; hamburger 400; and sweet drink 100 to 150 per 200 ml.
Ben-Aharon advises limiting the amount of TV viewing during the games, especially for children and teens.
Decide not to eat while watching TV except regular meals eaten at the dinner table. Plan your meals and the amount and type of snacks while watching the screen if you can’t manage without them. Drink water or other sugarless beverages.
One can add herbs such as peppermint and the like to give water a good taste. Minimize your desserts during the next month or so.
She adds that if you can’t cut down snacks, at least eat more healthful, less fattening ones such as a fresh vegetable salad, fresh fruits that have no more than 60 calories per unit, popcorn made without oil, sandwiches from low-calorie bread with a low-calorie spread, small packages of prepared foods and diet ices.
Don’t forget that it is more healthful to do sports yourself than just sitting in an armchair and watching others do it, Ben-Aharon advises.
Exercise before and after the broadcasts is recommended.