If you’re anything like us, you too might be struggling to fit back into your jeans after the festive season. And, if you are like us can’t afford to buy new jeans, then the only solution is to lose those extra few Christmas pounds quickly!
For many people, January is about ridding the house of any leftover tins of Roses and biscuits (if there are any left) and getting back to eating healthily and exercising regularly.
It can be hard though to find to the motivation to exercise, having to contend with long dark evenings and cold winter weather. However, when we came upon a study from the University of North Carolina which showed that food labels were more effective when they told consumers how far they would have to walk to burn off calories that they had eaten or drank, we thought it might just help.
So, if you don’t think you will quite manage to stave off all your favourite treats this January, use this handy little table instead to figure out how long you need to spend exercising to erase the effects of your calorific splurge.
According to experts, a 130lb person walking at 3.5mph will burn between 160 and 180 calories per hour. A heavier person will burn more.
Pint of Guinness
(198 calories)
1 hour of walking
45 minutes of mopping the floors in your house
Glass of white wine (250ml)
(185 calories)
1 hour of walking
2 hours of ironing
Indian takeaway
Chicken tikka masala, pilau rice & naan bread
(1338 calories)
7 hours of walking
McDonalds Big Mac
(490 calories)
2 hrs 45 minutes of walking
Chinese takeaway
Beef with black-bean sauce
(432 calories)
2 hrs 30 minutes of walking
45 minutes of swimming
Can of coke
(139 calories)
50 minutes of walking
30 minutes of cycling at 5 mph
Mars bar
(254 calories)
80 minutes of walking
80 minutes of horse-riding
Bar of Dairy Milk
(280 calories)
90 minutes of walking
Fruit scone (without butter or jam)
(225 calories)
80 minutes of walking
Spinning for 20 minutes
Cheese & onion crisps
(197 calories)
60 minutes of walking
Zumba for 30 minutes



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