Costly Calories: Are you willing to pay the price?














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Before you indulge in your favorite treat, you might want to know just how much exercise would be required to work off those extra calories.

The following chart will give you a rough idea of just how costly some of the most popular snacks are. In fact, if you don't find it scary, you will likely find it depressing. But if you are trying to lose weight you should really take a closer look at what you eat.


Snack Food
Calories
Exercise
Minutes
Crackerjack - 1 box
570
Stationary bike
80
Baskin Robbins - 1 scoop Chocolate Fudge ice cream in a waffle cone
430
Jogging
60
Macdonald's Fries - medium
380
Swimming laps
45
Bagel - 1 plain
380
Cycling- 13mph
35
Cheetos - 2 oz bag
320
Jump rope; moderate
30
Potato Chips - Lays Classic - 1 pkt
300
Digging a garden
60
Snickers bar - 58.7g
280
Rowing Machine
40
Milky Way -  1 bar
270
Stair Machine
30
Dunkin Donut - chocolate glazed - 1
270
Aerobics - low impact
50
3 Muskateers - 1 bar
260
Brisk Walking
60
Twix - 2-bar package
250
Sit-ups
30
Skittles - 2.17oz bag
240
Pushups
30
M&Ms - 48g
230
Vacuuming
90
Doritos Nacho Cheese - 45g bag
230
Raking grass
60
Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar - 1 bar
230
Pushing a child in a stoller
90
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - 42g
210
Trampoline
60
Pop-Tarts - 1 frosted strawberry
205
Elliptical trainer
30
Nature Valley Oats & Honey granola bar - 2 bar package
190
Scrubbing floors
35
Oreo cookies - 3
160
Crunches
45
Starbucks Cappuccino Grande
153
Treadmill
60
Coke - 1 can
140
Weight-lifting; moderate
40

If you want more specific details, there are many sites online where you can register to get more accurate estimates.  I use My Net Diary on my iPhone and have found it to be an excellent App. 

They have a large database of foods with the ability to scan by bar-code, or add your own custom foods or recipes. You can keep track of your daily calorie intake, your daily calorie expenditure (through exercise), and based on your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) find out how many calories you should be eating daily in order to reach your desired weight.

If you are serious about losing weight, My New Diary is an invaluable tool. It's also available free for iPad, iPod Touch, Android and BlackBerry. Or simply set up an online account at http://www.mynetdiary.com


 

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