Calculator reveals time it’ll take you to work off that burger and fries
A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips — or so the saying goes.
Even if the pounds packed on by fast food don’t stay on an entire lifetime, it could take a lot of work to get rid of them. A Boston Cream donut from Dunkin’ Donuts, for instance, will take nearly 40 minutes of running to burn off. Tack on another 10 minutes if you have a “burrito supreme” from Taco Bell.
The exercise estimates are from U.S.-based health site, Home Remedy Shop. The group has set out to show exactly how much physical activity we’d have to do to shed those fast food calories.
The “fast food workout plan” above is based on average American weights (195.5 lbs for men, 166.2 for women). In Canada, our waistlines are a little slimmer. The average Canadian woman weighed 149 lbs at last count in 2013, according to Statistics Canada. The average Canadian man weighed 185 lbs.
Based on those figures, here’s a look at how your fast food choices break down in sweat equity.
McDonald’s: Big Mac Meal
You’re going to have to walk for about an hour to work it off.
To reach the same caloric intake in vegetables, a woman would have to eat:
- 332.5 spears of asparagus
- 53.2 medium bell peppers
- 29.6 medium stalks of broccoli
- 44.3 carrots
- 8.9 cauliflower heads
- 190 medium celery stalks
- 44.3 medium cucumbers
- 53.2 medium tomatoes
Starbucks: Mocha Frappucino
If you opt for a grande — and hold the whipped cream — you’ll still need to feel the burn from about half an hour of cardio.
Subway: 6″ sandwich
If you just go for a sandwich at Subway, a 45-minute bike ride (if you’re a woman) can help work it off.
Rather than hitting the treadmill, though, many of us feel like hitting the sack after an unhealthy meal. A 2014 UCLA study found even mice face the same problem, which led scientists to believe being overweight makes people tired and sedentary.
So the solution may be to think of the workout hours needed to burn off a specific dish before ordering.
That was the recommended approach of a study out of Texas Christian University in 2013. It argued consumers would choose healthier options if menus and food labels displayed how long it’d take to burn off the calories with brisk walking.
Researchers suggested this measure would be more effective in dissuading diners from unhealthy fare than simply displaying the number of calories on a plate.
Here’s a look at how much gym time a few other favourite foods will cost you. The exercise numbers are based on a 150-lb man.
Indulging in a caramel chocolate bar would set you back 240 calories and sign you up for 35 minutes of jogging.
Grabbing a drive-thru bite with your morning coffee in the form of a breakfast sandwich with sausage, egg and cheese amounts to 530 calories. It would take 60 minutes of walking up flights of stairs to burn off.
Six inches of sliced beef, melted cheese and bread for lunch or dinner adds up to 570 calories – or 80 minutes of swimming laps.
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With files from Carmen Chai, Global News
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