Cheeseburgers & weight loss - Burning off calories you just ate
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Would you order lower calorie food if the menu told you how many minutes of walking you'd need for burning off calories you just ate?
It's a safe bet that if you're using MyNetDiary, you're counting calories. But what if there was a different way to think about the energy value of food. What if you looked at it as burning off calories you just ate instead? A clever study suggests that minutes of exercise may be more informative.
Here's how this study went:
In fact, minutes of walking is really just another way to say "calories", since exercise is fueled by calories. But now those calories are put in a real world context. And apparently it got the attention of the research subjects. People ordering from the regular and calorie count menus chose roughly the same amounts of food and calories. The people with the MBWTBOF menus ordered lower calorie meals.
Brisk walking is in the 3+ mph range. The faster you walk, the more calories the activity will burn per minute.
|Food||Walking(3 mph)||Jogging (10 min mile)||Bike ride Moderate effort|
|McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder with cheese||180 min||64 min||90 min|
|Starbuck's Grande Mocha Latte||80 min||30 min||40 min|
|8 oz bag potato chips||295 min||105 min||150 min|
|14" Pepperoni Pizza - 2 slices||155 min||55 min||80 min|
|1 cup (1/2 pint) Ben & Jerry's chocolate ice cream||120 min||43 min||61 min|
|1 cup raw broccoli||4 min||1 min||2 min|
Are you more inspired to avoid eating that handy 8 oz bag of potato chips because it will take you 5 hours to burn off or because the label says 1230 calories? Actually, the label probably does not say 1230 calories. It will say "one serving (1 oz): 154 calories". But will you just eat 1/8th of that bag?
But you don't have to take on any of these demanding activities. A brisk walk is just fine for health, fitness and burning off calories you just ate.
Originally published on Apr 30 2013,
Updated: Jan 10 2020