"I see this with a lot of emotional eating," says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, author of Read It Before You Eat It. "You’re not in control of who catches the ball, so don’t punish yourself by eating improperly."
To sidestep this dietary fumble, navigate calorie-laden football season favorites on game day and beyond with these expert tips:
Plan your meal for the day after the game long before kickoff, suggests Keri Gans, RD, author of The Small Change Diet. "This way, whether you win or lose, you already have healthy meals planned," she says.
Pregame with breakfast
"Always start the day with breakfast and don’t 'save' calories for later," Gans says. "If you’re too hungry while watching the game, you’re more likely to overeat."
Sideline unhealthy foods
"If you know you’re a stress eater, keep things on hand that are benign," suggests Taub-Dix. "So if you’re munching on something to release tension, you’re not indulging," she says. (Try these healthier versions of tailgate favorites.)
Make smart substitutions
Choose one unhealthy item per game to splurge on. "For example, maybe this week you want wings, but you pass on chili, and the next week you do the reverse," Gans says.
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