Wednesday, June 3, 2009

How much exercise is needed to burn off that quarter pounder with cheese?

Apparently a lot!! Check out this article I found on Yahoo! that notes how long you'd have to work out to burn off popular fast food items. If you want a simple formula to follow, try this:

The average person burns about 100 calories per mile run. If I run a 10 minute mile, then it would take me 20 minutes to burn off a Krispy Kreme glazed donut (200 calories).

I haven't allowed this kind of stuff to guilt myself out of foodie pleasures, but it does make me rethink choices like soda and other junk. I mean, I do run so I can eat!


Anonymous said...

I burn about 200 calories per mile run according to the treadmills I use, and that is on a 0 incline. I bet the average person burns a little more than 100/mile.

Diane said...

Well, it all depends on your size and weight. The heavier a person is, the more calories he/she burns. That's why it's easier to lose weight when you're heavier, and then you begin to plateau as you get closer to your ideal weight. Unfortunately there is no way to accurately determine how many calories you burn without a lot of fancy and expensive equipment.