How much exercise do you need to do to burn off a treat? We spoke with Christine Wong, an accredited practicing dietitian at Bupa, about the amount of energy in a healthy snack and the amount of energy in a “treat”, and then compared them with how much energy we can burn up in an average workout.
Let’s set the scene…
A typical 60 year old female living a moderately active lifestyle should aim to consume approximately 8700 kilojoules (kJ) each day.
In most cases, weight loss comes from burning up more energy than you take in. But remember that it’s important to seek advice from a doctor before making major changes to your diet.
However, it’s worth noting that everyone is different, and that the amount of energy someone needs, and burns up, can vary a lot, based on their activity levels, muscle mass, and metabolism.
We all love an occasional treat, but how often do we stop and consider how much of our daily energy consumption it constitutes and the amount of exercise we may need to do to work it off?
A typical healthy snack should contain no more than 600kJ of energy. Examples might include:
When we have an unhealthy “treat”, the kilojoules can dramatically increase, for example:
Often these unhealthy snacks can make up one eighth of our daily energy intake. It is also worth noting that these are all mostly empty kilojoules, without much nutritional benefit.
Burn it off
“So how long would it take you to burn off the energy consumed in one of these treats?” we asked.
According to Christine, a 70kg female burns approximately:
So, for a female weighing 70kg to burn up the energy contained in a bar of chocolate weighing about 50g, she would need to walk for more than 1 hour.
Take note that the more you weigh the more energy you are likely to burn doing the same activity.
To calculate exactly how much energy you are burning in everyday activities: Click here.