There is a very simple equation to weight loss which is you need to burn more calories than you eat. If you eat more calories than you burn you will put on weight. Very straightforward in writing, but in practice…not so much.
So burning even more calories than usual will help to lose more weight. This is why exercise is encouraged so much, as it is an excellent way to burn those calories. However it can for some people be counterproductive as after their run or exercise class they reward themselves with food, thus sabotaging all their good work. So I thought it would be interesting to see how much certain foods ‘cost’ in running terms.
I have worked out the calories burned using the Runner’s World calorie calculator based on an 11stone runner running at 6mph. Heavier runners will burn more calories, as will faster runners.
A small glass of wine: 10 minutes.
A Cadbury crunchie bar: 16 minutes
Starbucks tall classic hot chocolate with whipped cream whole milk: 24 minutes
Greggs Triple chocolate muffin: 49 minutes
Dominos chicken feast personal pizza (all of pizza): 53 minutes
1x chocolate hobnob: 8 minutes!! Yes one really is 8 minutes running!
So next time you are tempted to reach for a snack, just think how much running it would take to burn it off. Then maybe you would think twice! I certainly will!
All the best,