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Food Treats - Are They Worth It?

Food Treats - Are they worth it?

We all know if we want to lose weight we should modify our diet and exercise.

But in order to persist with a diet, many of us include food treats to keep ourselves from getting bored. The problem with this is, once we’ve consumed a treat we have to burn it off.

In this article we tell you how much exercise it takes to burn off common food treats so you can decide whether they are worth it or not.

Is adding food treats to a diet such a bad thing?

Dietitians and nutritionists have been telling us for decades that a healthy diet includes the widest possible range of foods, but that some foods should be eaten in moderation very infrequently.

Sometimes adding food treats to a diet can help us to lose weight, but for most people, most of the time, it can be a big mistake because they don’t chose the best treat and they eat to much of the treats too often.

If you can’t live without chocolate for example, it’s OK to include a couple of squares of dark chocolate in your diet, but try to make sure that you account for it within your total intake or ensure that you’re doing some extra exercise in your day so that you burn off the extra calories it adds.

How much extra exercise do you need to burn off common food treats like chocolate, biscuits, cakes, ice cream, chips, pizza, soft drink, lollies and take away foods?

We’re glad you asked.

How much exercise it takes to burn off common food treats

The amount of exercise it takes to burn off food treats depends upon a couple of variables, namely the calories or kilojoules contained in the food, what exercise is undertaken and at what intensity, and finally what our body weight is (heavier bodies burn more calories).

To make it easier for you to work out how much exercise you need to do to burn off the calories or kilojoules of the most common food treats, we’ve constructed the tables below which list some of the most common treats and some of the most popular forms of exercise and show how much exercise is required to burn off the treat.

The first table shows approximately how many minutes of exercise someone weighing around 50 kilograms (110Ibs) would need to do, the second table shows approximately how many minutes of exercise someone weighing around 75 kilograms (170Ibs) would need to do, the third table shows approximately how many minutes of exercise a person weighing 100 kilograms (220Ibs) would need to do and finally, the fourth table shows approximately how many minutes of exercise someone weighing 125 kilograms (280Ibs) would need to do to burn off the common treats listed.

For example, as shown in table 1, it would take a person weighing 50kgs to walk at 5 kilometres per hour for 34 minutes just to burn off the extra calories provided by one chocolate biscuit and nearly 2 hours to burn off a slice of mud cake (119 minutes).

Table 1 – Person weighing 50 kilograms (110Ibs)

Food Walk
5kph
Jog
10kph
Cycle
20kph
Swim Weight
Training
Ice Cream – 2 scoops
61
21
24
22
26
Meat Pie 175g
162
56
65
57
68
Chocolate Biscuit
34
12
14
12
14
Cream Biscuit
34
12
14
12
14
Donut Plain 70g
85
30
34
30
36
Lamington 50g
58
20
23
21
24
Cheesecake 60g
68
24
27
24
29
Chocolate Cake 60g
77
27
31
27
32
Mud Cake 100g
119
41
48
42
50
Muffin 60g
58
20
23
21
24
Chocolate 30g
55
19
22
19
23
Chocolate Bar 60g
90
31
36
32
38
Corn Chips 100g
167
58
67
59
70
Potato Crisps 50g
85
30
34
30
36
Hot Chips 150g
102
36
41
36
43
French Fries (med)
113
39
45
40
47
Hamburger Plain
136
47
54
48
57
Hot Dog
95
33
38
34
40
Pizza – 2 Slices
235
82
94
83
99
Cola – 1 Can
53
18
21
19
22

Table 2 – Person weighing 75 kilograms (170Ibs)

Food Walk
5kph
Jog
10kph
Cycle
20kph
Swim Weight
Training
Ice Cream – 2 scoops
41
14
16
15
17
Meat Pie 175g
108
37
43
38
45
Chocolate Biscuit
23
8
9
8
10
Cream Biscuit
23
8
9
8
10
Donut Plain 70g
57
20
23
20
24
Lamington 50g
39
13
15
14
16
Cheesecake 60g
45
16
18
16
19
Chocolate Cake 60g
51
18
20
18
21
Mud Cake 100g
80
28
32
28
33
Muffin 60g
39
13
15
14
16
Chocolate 30g
36
13
15
13
15
Chocolate Bar 60g
60
21
24
21
25
Corn Chips 100g
111
39
44
40
47
Potato Crisps 50g
57
20
23
20
24
Hot Chips 150g
68
24
27
24
29
French Fries (med)
75
26
30
27
32
Hamburger Plain
91
32
36
32
38
Hot Dog
64
22
25
23
27
Pizza – 2 Slices
157
54
63
56
66
Cola – 1 Can
35
12
14
13
15

Table 3 – Person weighing 100 kilograms (220Ibs)

Food Walk
5kph
Jog
10kph
Cycle
20kph
Swim Weight
Training
Ice Cream – 2 scoops
31
11
12
11
13
Meat Pie 175g
81
28
32
29
34
Chocolate Biscuit
17
6
7
6
7
Cream Biscuit
17
6
7
6
7
Donut Plain 70g
43
15
17
15
18
Lamington 50g
29
10
12
10
12
Cheesecake 60g
34
12
14
12
14
Chocolate Cake 60g
38
13
15
14
16
Mud Cake 100g
60
21
24
21
25
Muffin 60g
29
10
12
10
12
Chocolate 30g
27
9
11
10
11
Chocolate Bar 60g
45
16
18
16
19
Corn Chips 100g
84
29
33
30
35
Potato Crisps 50g
43
15
17
15
18
Hot Chips 150g
51
18
20
18
21
French Fries (med)
56
20
22
20
24
Hamburger Plain
68
24
27
24
29
Hot Dog
48
17
19
17
20
Pizza – 2 Slices
118
41
47
42
49
Cola – 1 Can
26
9
11
9
11

Table 4 – Person weighing 125 kilograms (280Ibs)

Food Walk
5kph
Jog
10kph
Cycle
20kph
Swim Weight
Training
Ice Cream – 2 scoops
25
9
10
9
10
Meat Pie 175g
65
22
26
23
27
Chocolate Biscuit
14
5
5
5
6
Cream Biscuit
14
5
5
5
6
Donut Plain 70g
34
12
14
12
14
Lamington 50g
23
8
9
8
10
Cheesecake 60g
27
9
11
10
11
Chocolate Cake 60g
31
11
12
11
13
Mud Cake 100g
48
17
19
17
20
Muffin 60g
23
8
9
8
10
Chocolate 30g
22
8
9
8
9
Chocolate Bar 60g
36
13
14
13
15
Corn Chips 100g
67
23
27
24
28
Potato Crisps 50g
34
12
14
12
14
Hot Chips 150g
41
14
16
15
17
French Fries (med)
45
16
18
16
19
Hamburger Plain
55
19
22
19
23
Hot Dog
38
13
15
14
16
Pizza – 2 Slices
94
33
38
33
40
Cola – 1 Can
21
7
8
8
9

How to enjoy treats without adding too much more exercise

As you can see, some food retreats require quite a bit of strenuous exercise to burn off which should make us all consider whether or not they are worth putting in our mouths before we eat them.

But there is a way in which we can have a treat every now and then without having to work our socks off in the gym; look for lighter versions of your favourite treat foods.

Lighter versions of common treat foods include low fat ice cream, dark instead of milk or white chocolate, baked chips instead of deep fried chips, low kilojoule cola, vegetarian pizzas, light pies, lower fat potato crisps, light yoghurts, light cream cheese, etc.

More and more companies are starting to produce lighter or lower fat / lower sugar versions of their most popular foods and you can find some of these in our weight loss products section or on supermarket shelves near you.

Conclusion

We all know that if we have a weight loss goal we should modify our diet and exercise more.

But in order to persist with a diet, many of us include regular food treats to reward ourselves for positive behaviour and to keep us from getting bored. The problem with this is, once we’ve consumed a treat we have to burn it off with exercise, which many people aren’t crazy about to start with.

In this article we told you how much exercise it takes to burn off some common food treats so that you can decide whether they are worth it or not before you eat them.

Copyright Ultimate Weightloss.

This article was written by Scott Haywood.

Scott is the editor of weightloss.com.au. Scott has developed an expertise in fitness and nutrition, and their roles in weight loss, which led him to launch weightloss.com.au in 2005. Today, weightloss.com.au provides weight loss and fitness information, including hundreds of healthy recipes, weight loss tools and tips, articles, and more, to millions of people around the world, helping them to lead happier, healthier, lives.

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