Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Do You Workout to Justify Eating Junk???



I have a confession, I have a love for chocolate....An intense desire to consume brownies and oreos. I would eat them every day if i had them around, and not just 1 oreo, the entire box of them and an entire tray of brownies. That's why i don't buy them anymore. I can't seem to control my cravings when they are around so why tempt myself...

Well, today....I made pumpkin spice cookies for the kids (wink wink) They are supposed to be a healthy cookie but i'm not sure how healthy they are when you consume 7!!! I again, could not control myself. Now in my defense they were bite size, that makes it a little better right?!? I started doing some research on how much exercising it takes to burn off our favorite go-to foods. It was very enlightening and thought you might like to know how far you'll have to run next time you down a starbucks latte. Proceed reading at your own risk!!!! 

1. From What it Takes to Burn Off Your 30 Favorite Food Splurges

Medium size french fries
Calories: 380
Fat: 19 grams
Now burn it off with:
70 minutes of low-impact aerobics
55 minutes on the Stairmaster
45 minutes of calisthenics (pushups, sit ups, etc.)

3-ounces lay’s potato chips
Calories: 450
Fat: 30 grams
Now burn it off with:
135 minutes of miniature golf
90 minutes of car washing
50 minutes of rock climbing

Starbucks venti white chocolate blended crème frappuccino w/whipped cream
Calories: 510
Fat: 20 grams
Now burn it off with:
90 minutes of playing cricket
80 minutes of bike riding (around the neighborhood)
75 minutes of Strength Training

3 Otis spunkmeyer chocolate chip cookies
Calories: 360
Fat: 16 grams
Now burn it off with:
90 minutes of ultimate Frisbee
80 minutes of hatha yoga
55 minutes of rearranging furniture


Large slice of pepperoni pizza
Calories: 729
Fat: 37 grams
Now burn it off with:
115 minutes of ballroom dancing
70 minutes of shoveling snow
65 minutes of running at 6.0 mp

2. From Daily Spark: How much damage could one strawberry frosted doughnut really do? 
Your average strawberry frosted doughnut contains about 240 calories (not too bad) and 10 grams of fat (ouch!). That's not exactly a caloric nightmare—as long as you limit yourself to just one.

According to SparkPeople.com's Fitness Tracker, a 150-pound woman who walks briskly at a 15-minute mile pace (4 mph) will burn 5 calories per minute. To burn off the doughnut you'd have to walk around the office (at this quick pace) for 48 minutes, which is just over 3 miles!

3. From Livestrong:  How many calories does walking burn off per minute
Physical exercise helps you burn off calories, lose weight and maintain long-term control over your weight. Walking is a cheap and easy exercise. According to the Harvard Medical School, it can have a positive impact on your health and well being.
3.5 MPH
The number of calories you burn depends on several factors. These include your weight, the speed you walk at and the time you spend walking. If you weigh 185 lbs. and walk 3.5 mph for 30 minutes, you will burn off 178 calories. This figure equates to burning 6 calories every minute.
4 MPH
If you weigh 155 lbs. and walk at 4 mph, or one mile every 15 minutes, you'll burn 167 calories every half hour. This equates to 5.5 calories every minute.
4.5 MPH
If you weigh 125 lbs. and walk at 4.5 mph, or one mile every 13 minutes, you'll burn 150 calories every 30 minutes. To work out the number of calories you burn every minute, simply divide 150 calories by the number of minutes you plan to walk. In this example it's 30 minutes, which equates to 5 calories per minute.

It is not hard to see from all the examples above that you just can't out-train poor food habits! 

I have made a lot of mistakes in my past. I can tell you that as much as you want to think you can just burn off all that food by exercising it off, 99.9% of the time, you will eat way more calories than you can burn off.  If you are not aware of what you are eating & you leave it up to chance & guess work it is going to come back to bite you as weight gain!

So going back to last week, Make a plan! Put together a food & exercise program that will work for you!!! Don't beat yourself up for a bad decision, but don't forget that feeling when you realize what you just did...Learn from your mistakes and learn what your weaknesses are. Stay clear of things that tempt you. We can conquer these cravings together. 


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