Think Before You Eat: Consumption/Exercise - Conversion
When it comes to eating fast food - there is a price to pay! After doing research for this hub I came to realize that fast food is even worse than I thought (which wasn't that good in the first place!) I couldn't believe some of the things I learned. So I'm going to share with you what I found out about fast food/unhealthy choices and how much energy it takes to work them off! You let me know at the end if you think its worth it or not to indulge in that deliciously greasy cheeseburger that you have been craving all day.
((NOTE: Keep in mind that these are only averages - there are many different factors that can change these statistics))
Choices - Consequences
Glazed Donut = 89 Minutes of doing crunches
Cheeseburger & Fries = 145 Minutes on an elliptical
Small Popcorn = 135 Minutes on an elliptical
Fried Chicken Breast = 65 Minutes on a stationary bike
Cinnamon Roll = 90 Minutes on a stationary bike
Slice of Pie or Cake = 150 Minutes of paced walking
Milkshake = 70 Minutes of jumping rope
2 Slices Of Pizza = 160 Minutes of climbing stairs
Burrito = 120 Minutes of jogging
2 Pancakes w/ Syrup = 40 Minutes of swimming
Chips & Dip = 135 Minutes of swimming
16oz Frap = 170 Minutes of Pilates
21oz Soda = 55 Minutes of lunges
Some Things We Think Are Healthy (but aren't)
Veggie Chips : The package says full of vegetables and they claim to be healthy but they aren't. Most veggie chips are still full of corn starch or potato starch - which is not healthy.
Fruit Parfaits : You might think the plain yogurt with fruit in it might be a better option than that croissant sitting beside it - but honestly the croissant is better. A normal fruit parfait has at the least 30 grams of sugar - whereas a croissant only has about 5 grams of sugar.
Pita Chips : Everyone has it in their heads that pita chips are healthy because they are baked instead of fried - WRONG! They are filled with enriched wheat flour (bad) and they have hardly any fiber in them!
Yogurt Covered Pretzels' : They can have as much as 30 grams of sugar in only 6 covered pretzels. That doesn't sound too promising.
Self-serve Frozen Yogurt : I really don't even want to go into this one - because I hate admitting it but its also not the healthiest "healthy" choice either. Lets talk 30 grams of sugar in a small cup and that's not even counting any extras (Fruit, candy, cheesecake bites)
Rice Cakes : Okay really?! This one surprised me the most - I have been buying rice cakes for years as an alternative snack. Although they are definitely better than a chocolate bar they also lack highly in any nutrition at all. And most of the flavored rice cakes are filled with artificial flavors, sweeteners and colors.
Vegan Baked Goods : Just because they are vegan does not mean that they have any less sugar, calories, and fats than regular baked goods. Even if you see natural ingredients such as agave nectar and coconut oil still means that it has sugars and calories!
Reduced Fat Peanut Butter : Honestly all I am going to say is it contains the SAME amount of calories as regular peanut butter. The reduced fat peanut butter may have reduced fat but it actually has even more sugar than regular peanut butter as well.
Energy Bars : Can you say filled with high fructose corn syrup? And what does that mean? NOT HEALTHY! They also contain added sugars and saturated fats. They can have up to 350 calories in just one bar alone!
Smoothies : Now this one really saddens me! I love smoothies! But unfortunately smoothies aren't all they are cracked up to be either. They usually have a "base" of blended fruits and then everything else is added sugar, ice cream and artificial flavors!
Sports Drinks : Most sports drinks contain 125 calories or more and usually have about 15 grams of sugar as well. And drinks like Gatorade have high levels of salt - because they are supposed to be drank when you are sweating. That's why they are called "hydrating drinks" because they are made for athletes who sweat out a lot of their salt intake! So if your drinking them because they are better for you - you might as well stick with water.
So There You Have It
I hope I didn't completely overwhelm you with all of this information - but its good information to have. I would have never known these things if I hadn't of came up with the thought in my own head and decided to research it and ultimately make a hub about it.
Thanks for reading, and don't forget to let me know what you think in my poll!