Football fans tend to forget about their diets during the 17-week season, and many gain on average, a whopping 10 pounds. A new online Harris Interactive survey sponsored by Nutrisystem was taken by 1,283 football fans.

The survey found that 25 percent of fans admitted to gaining on average 10 pounds, while 16 percent said they gained 20 pounds or more. In addition to the season, Super Bowl Sunday is a day that is packed with yummy food, but also unnecessary calories. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Super Bowl Sunday is the second-biggest day for food consumption in the U.S., after Thanksgiving.

If you want to shed the pounds you gained over the past 17 weeks, here are some health tips to get you on your way.

-Exercising is essential to losing weight, and during the winter season, more people tend to skip their workouts as opposed to other times of the year. Avoid this mistake by making the gym, or a home workout, part of your daily routine. You should set aside 30 minutes at least to work up a sweat, and it does not have to be at the gym. Burning calories can be achieved through running outside, yoga, pilates, weight training, going to the pool, or simply playing with your children. In addition to promoting weight loss, exercising also helps you deal with stress and suppresses your appetite.

-Never skip meals. Many people falsely believe that if they skip breakfast, they will consume fewer calories during the day and lose weight. However, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and skipping that meal most likely leads to more weight gain. Breakfast revs up your metabolism and gives you the energy necessary to begin your day. It also helps keep you from overeating snack foods later on in the day. Just make sure your breakfast is healthy and nutritious and includes fiber, like oatmeal, which keeps you feeling fuller longer.

Avoiding high-fat foods is a simple change in your diet that will lead to weight loss. Cutting back on foods high in fat will most likely lead to you cutting down on the calories. Changes to your diet could be as simple as swapping candy for fruit and white bread for whole wheat.