Can — or will — you take the time to work it off?


By Lethia Lee - Contributing columnist



Today I want to talk about healthful eating habits. After all, there’s not enough time to work off a bad diet. That’s why Beth Rosen, MS, RD, CDN teamed with a research group to create this information along with a poster, Work it off. Work it off outlines exactly how much time it would take a person to burn off the calories in common foods like burgers and soft drinks. Do you know that it would take 1 hour and 40 minutes to walk off the calories in half a frozen pizza? Or that an oversized cinnamon roll would take 2 hours and 14 minutes to walk off? I am sharing all this painstaking researched information with you in hopes that you will decide to make some changes in your life.

Exercise is an important tool for achieving a healthy lifestyle. But beware of this pitfall: exercise alone will not help you reach your weight loss goals, especially if you’re eating a high-calorie diet filled with solid fats and added sugar. While exercise does burn calories, there is a common misperception about just how long it takes to burn enough calories to equal the calorie in a meal, snack or drink.

You can get a personalized guide to both food and exercise at Food and Health’s Exercise and calculator at https://foodandhealth.com. Here is how it works. Simply choose an activity (aerobics, yoga, walking, etc.), then enter the amount of time you will take to do it. Fill in your weight in pounds, and then click “Compute.” You’ll end up with a number of calories burned. The figures are based on moderate activity levels. If your workouts are more vigorous, you can add a few calories to the number you burn.

How long will it take you to work it off?

For more information on health literacy contact Lethia Lee, EFNEP assistant with the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Office at 910-592-7161.

By Lethia Lee

Contributing columnist

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For more information on health literacy contact Lethia Lee, EFNEP assistant with the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Office at 910-592-7161.

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