Burn It Off: How Many Mall Laps to Undo a Cinnabon?

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
11/28/2008 1:26 PM   :  123 comments

Do you plan to hit the mall for some deals this Black Friday? Well, be prepared for large crowds and long lines that will keep you there much longer than you anticipate. But even more worrisome than the lines is the mall food itself! It's hard to resist the wafting smells of freshly baked soft pretzels, cookies and cinnamon rolls that are as much a part of the mall as the department stores. And when you're tired, hungry, and stressed out during a long day of bargain hunting, these sweet comfort foods can be pretty tempting. In a moment of weakness, you give in and order a Cinnabon. Just how much damage will one Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Roll do? Find out how many laps you'd have to walk around the mall to undo this gooey treat.

The Cinnabon website doesn't disclose its calorie information. But a quick Google search will turn up over a dozen calorie counting websites that all say the same thing: One Classic Cinnabon Roll contains a not-so-sweet 730 calories and 24 grams of fat. It's sweet, gooey and, well, big—and it's got the calories to prove it!

Now the number of laps you'd have to walk around your local mall is going to vary since all malls are different sizes and shapes. You can actually call your mall customer service desk to find out the exact distance, because most malls offer indoor fitness walking programs. My research found that one mall lap could vary from 1/4 to 2/3 of a mile on average. To be conservative, let's say that one mall lap is equal to a quarter mile. And if you're walking through the mall on Black Friday, you can't exact speed walk around the people. Your pace will have to be pretty slow.

According to SparkPeople.com's Fitness Tracker, a 150-pound woman who walks a comfortable 20-minute mile pace (3 mph) will burn 20 calories per quarter mile (one mall lap). To burn off that Cinnabon, you'd have to circle the entire mall 36.5 times, which is just over 9 miles! (And that'd take 3 hours by the way.)

This brings up an interesting point that I like to make. "Activity" is not the same as "exercise." Your feet and back may hurt from a day of shopping, but that's more a reflection of being on your feet, wearing uncomfortable shoes, and poor posture than it is a reflection of the "intensity" of your day. Shopping surely doesn't justify the extra calories in something like a Cinnabon—not on Black Friday or any other day!

Do you think 3 hours of walking is worth the momentary pleasure of eating a Cinnabon? Better yet, do you have any tips to avoid mall food (or make it healthier)?


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  • 123
    I don't eat mall food because I shop on line so I can eat food I've prepared at home. A small burger w/ half the bun would be better, or go to a candy store and buy one piece if you want something sweet. Maybe a diet cola instead?
    Mall food may be the reason our society is now obese. We used to get dressed up to go downtown to shop & ate in real tea rooms that served normal portions. It was an experience not just a place to stuff your face. - 9/14/2011   5:46:15 AM
  • REDSHOES2011
    122
    Sorry but I have learned you can't out exercise bad eating habits.. - 7/9/2011   12:15:08 AM
  • JENNISTAR37
    121
    Cinnabons....my ARCH NEMESIS!! I gained 20lbs. my freshman year of college because of them. We were allowed to use our meal plans at the cinnabon shop instead of actually eating a real meal and one meal plan bought TWO cinnabons. I used to eat both! A whole days worth of calories in ONE 'meal". The worst part? I also had fourth meal. So some nights, I would tack two of these babies on top of all of my real meals and snacks for the day. YUCK! I can't even imagine doing that anymore!! - 4/15/2011   11:04:18 PM
  • SINCITYLULU1
    120
    A month or so ago I was craving for a Cinnabon. Prior to that I hadn't eaten one in ages, maybe a year. So my dh and I go to the mall to buy one and we split it. I had hoped it only had 400 cals total at most but when I got home to check the stats I found almost 800 cals for one. Aaaa it was like almost a whole meal and didn't even fill my tummy. Never again! well at least not for a long, long time. - 3/2/2010   7:13:23 AM
  • 119
    If you have a Curritos in your food court, try that. Their website contains full nutritional information for everything on the menu. My fave is the Bangkok wrap - YUM. Not everything on the menu is as healthy as that wrap, but because they disclose, you'll at least know about it and be able to plan for it. They do have brown rice. - 2/17/2010   2:33:59 PM
  • 118
    heck no this is not worht it one bit! - 2/17/2010   2:10:46 PM
  • 117
    Not worth the walk... the smell is almost too much to even go to the mall. I love it. - 2/17/2010   1:04:21 PM
  • 116
    HAHA...this exact situation happen to me on black friday..me and my friend went out shopping at the mall and at about 8am we decided we were hungry. She went for a Cinabon and insisted I get one too, I decided against it and went for a whole wheat bagel, not exactly healthy by any means but that 300 calories was looking pretty good against her 730.

    All in all a better choice, not excellent, but better! - 12/10/2009   1:48:47 PM
  • 115
    If you must have a Cinnabon, you can go for the Minibon at about 300 calories, or split a regular one with your shopping buddy.

    Eating at the mall can be tricky in general though. When I cruise the food court, I find a Teriyaki bowl the best option because it's one of the only places with fresh veggies. I always ask them to remove any skin (if possible), and to make it with 1/2 the normal amount of rice and twice the veggies. I also ask if they have brown rice. Usually the answer is "no" but every once in a while I get lucky, and I figure if enough people ask, maybe they'll start carrying it. - 12/9/2009   12:42:49 PM
  • 114
    I just don't think about the consequences until after the eating bad act. Must reverse this. - 12/9/2009   7:41:10 AM
  • 113
    I do like them, but the thought of how sweet they are and the price .........WOW!!!!! - 11/3/2009   1:57:32 PM
  • STUMPINA
    112
    When I was too young to watch myself, my grandma would take my brother and I to the mall and walk in the morning with her group. The doors would open early for walkers, and Cinnabon was ALWAYS open. Since it was the only restaurant open, and no crowds, you could smell it the whole time walking, and the laps were 1/2 mile each.... Never failed though, people were always sitting there eating them before, after, and during their walks. My grandma always scared me into eating them, when I was younger, so it actually stuck with me. I can honestly say I have never had one, and I don't think I ever will. - 10/27/2009   4:19:33 PM
  • 111
    I would probably walk for 3 hours for one. they are soooo good. and I can definitely eat a whole one... used to love downing the cinna stix with icing dip. - 9/1/2009   3:21:04 PM
  • 110
    I love those things...have to admit I haven't eaten one in YEARS because they always make me feel like I have a rock in my stomach...but yum are they good! - 8/29/2009   7:21:44 AM
  • 109
    I ate part of one of those once. I about died when I tasted it. Loaded with sugar it gave me such a sugar rush. I don't eat much sugar. And I never ate one of those again. - 8/28/2009   10:24:54 AM
  • COOKIELADY1956
    108
    Besides the calories and fat, each roll has 14 teaspoons of sugar in it. If I even ate half, I'd have such a sugar rush they'd have to call an ambulance for me! I'd have to limit myself to one well-selected bite and call it good - verrrrrry good. - 8/28/2009   9:20:06 AM
  • NO-41_RAZZYS_PL
    107
    SHEESH!! Circle the entire mall 36.5 times?!! A 9 mile walk?!! 4-get-it!! Thank goodness I haven't fallen for those things!! Can't afford to spend 3 hours workin' one a' those dang things off!!

    Have a gr8 weekend, everybody!! :) - 8/28/2009   7:08:52 AM
  • 106
    I LOVE Cinnabon. For the one time a year I'm actually near one, I have one - with extra icing!!! - and enjoy the whole darn thing. I agree with what another commenter said - that one bun per year is not what made me fat. It's my everyday choices and portions I have to worry about, not my occasional treats. - 3/18/2009   9:46:06 AM
  • 105
    Keep in mind too, that this is the PLAIN Cinnabon roll, the caramel pecan roll has closer to 1100 calories and 56 grams of fat...
    When we were kids we used to get big gooey Cinnabons when we were stuck in airports flying somewhere, no wonder I never felt good when we finally got where we were going! And to think I used to blame traveling!
    "Lucky" for me, I can't eat gluten now so while they still look good, they aren't actually tempting.
    - 3/17/2009   5:08:31 PM
  • 104
    Gotta say I love the Cinnabon. I was considering using the mall to walk but reading this has made me think twice. I don't think I could fight the temptation even eating half blows it for me. I think I better bundle up and hit the track. - 1/25/2009   11:47:17 PM
  • SPRICE7609
    103
    I'm not surprised at all by the calories. Cinnabon cinnamon rolls are HUGE! I couldn't finish one if I tried. It's not rocket science. It's simple moderation. If you must have Cinnabon, then split one, or have a minibon (300 calories). It's the same thing, only in a reasonable serving size. - 1/24/2009   8:55:07 PM
  • 102
    I am so thankful that there is not one in our mall. But Auntie Anne's pretzels are just as bad. - 1/24/2009   12:36:52 PM
  • 101
    Man, I luv Cinnabon! Good thing I don't go to the mall too often. Because that's the only time I would get one,....well, not all the time,....maybe like 4 out of 10 times.... :) - 1/24/2009   12:05:09 AM
  • 100
    Thank goodness there is no Cinnabon in my local mall! We have an Auntie Anne's & that is bad enough! I may have 1 of their pretzels 2 or 3 times a year, so is THAT worth it? Yeah, for me, I don't see depriving myself for 2 or 3 times a year. However Cinnabon... I don't know how often I would be able to resist! Is it worth it? Depends on the day, how much I have already eated (calories I've consumed) & what my plans are for the rest of the day. If I'll have time to hit the gym afterwards, then there is a good chance I'll indulge! But like I said, thank goodness there isn't one in my local mall! - 12/26/2008   9:04:42 AM
  • LOISBMAURO
    99
    I LOOK AT THEM ALL THE TIME. I NEVER BUY ONE. (BUT I WANT TO) - 12/19/2008   10:41:33 AM
  • 98
    Yup, I do. I really try not to deprive myself so if I feel like a Cinnabon, I will have the Cinnabon, and then adjust my exercise time and diet accordingly. - 12/18/2008   11:02:01 AM
  • 97
    There are some foods that are just so tempting in thought ~ and then don't taste all that great. Then again, there are some that just do...and for me, the Cinnabun is one of them. I am not a mall shopper - I prefer small shops in the city - and that does help. When I DO give in (which I'd be lying to say doesn't happen), I have found out that SHARING with my husband or whoever I'm with really isn't so bad... those things are so large that even half of one is more than enough! - 12/17/2008   4:23:28 PM
  • JENNYFF
    96
    i don't eat these anymore. they sit like a stone in my stomach. I do have a weakness for Godiva's Chocolixer drink. I'm sure those are bad but i'm willing to take an extra walk when i get home. - 12/14/2008   2:16:53 AM
  • 95
    I try never to go to the Mall hungry..but my sister and I take a Marathon bar, when we shop, just in case we need something to tide us over. A cinnabon is out of the question. I'm not walking 4 miles a day for nothing. ;) - 12/13/2008   8:11:29 PM
  • ANNIEMARIE6
    94
    I go to the Mall maybe once ever couple of months, and when I do we don't even go near the cinnabon place. If we eat at hhthe mall we usually have soup for lunch. Good article. - 12/9/2008   8:45:09 PM
  • 93
    We seldom eat at the mall. Too expensive and unhealthy!! - 12/3/2008   4:35:45 PM
  • 92
    I don't eat at the mall. When we go shopping, we save ourselves for lunch. - 12/3/2008   10:12:56 AM
  • 91
    Why not? It's not going to kill you to have a Cinnabon once in awhile. Just don't make it a habit! - 12/3/2008   1:26:49 AM
  • 90
    That makes me very sad cuz they are sooooo yummy. When I think back to when I'd have at least one a week... WITH icing and pecans!!! Oy! - 12/2/2008   2:26:32 PM
  • 81GODDESS
    89
    I love love love Cinnabons! They are the best. Unfortunately, they haven't recently discarded the Cinnabon in our mall. This Black Friday....I was in Georgia and didn't stop to get anything to eat until afterwards which happen to be a Chick-fil-a Biscuit. Still bad I know I know! My tip is to pack a snack to take with you while shopping! - 12/2/2008   1:43:07 PM
  • JULIEBROWN39
    88
    After a few hours of shopping and hunger is beginning to take hold I stop and sit long enough to eat a banana that I brought from home, or a snack baggie with almonds. Both give me a great boost and stick with me until I finish up and head for home for a better meal choice, or stop at a restaurant to relax and order a salad. - 12/2/2008   1:02:36 PM
  • 87
    I go to the mall after I have had a meal and if need be pack a snack. Most times I avoid the mall altogether. I can get what I need from visiting the outdoor malls or individual stores.

    No one needs a 700+ calorie cinnamon roll that will leave you hungry for more and hour later! - 12/2/2008   9:39:31 AM
  • 86
    Wow 730 calories!! I usually don't eat at cinnabons but I love cinnamon rolls and love the smell of that place. I'm usually tempted to get one but 730 calories and all that fat just isn't worth it. - 12/2/2008   8:36:14 AM
  • 85
    I generally try to avoid going to the mall in the first place, especially around this time of year. We have a Cinnabon in ours and the smell alone makes me gain 10 pounds. When I go I just run in for what I need then I'm back out again. I try to avoid the food court area altogether. - 12/2/2008   6:21:27 AM
  • 84
    Thanks for the info. It is really good to know and it makes me not want to eat something with so many calories. Ladies keep up the good work - 12/1/2008   9:36:08 PM
  • ZANNE235
    83
    I love the mall ...but I do not want to eat there! I carry my water bottle and a pack of almonds and dried fruit for a sweet energy snack. If I treat myself it is a Starbucks skinny nonfat vanilla steamer... calcium from skim milk and sugar-free syrup (no caffiene) - 12/1/2008   8:37:59 PM
  • 82
    It's not worth it to me, but only because I don't think Cinnabon is that great to begin with.

    I'd rather splurge on a homemade cinnamon roll or homemade anything - they're usually much more delicious than mall food. - 12/1/2008   3:49:24 PM
  • 81
    No it's not worth it, but what I do is split one between me, my mom and my sister. I don't eat the center which contains the most sugary goodness and just have a few bites of the outside. Still not good for me, but the once or twice a year I have one isn't what has made me overweight. - 12/1/2008   12:15:41 PM
  • 80
    Let's see........even if the mall was closer than a one way, 90 mile drive I'd have to say it isn't worth it by a long shot.......nor are any of the rest of the foods offered in the mall food joints..........ew - 12/1/2008   9:49:08 AM
  • UNMOTIVATED3
    79
    I make sure I'm not hungry when I leave for shopping which makes it easier to walk by the temptations. - 12/1/2008   9:22:02 AM
  • 78
    I do love me some cinnabon. But, luckily, I don't go to the mall frequently (until recently because I started mall-walking before they open) and I was pleased to discover that they took out the cinnabon. Now, I enjoy home cooked oatmeal with cinnamon and and a little brown sugar--much healthier. - 12/1/2008   7:55:06 AM
  • 77
    I haven't eaten one of those things since I was a (fat) kid, and now I know I'll never eat one again! - 12/1/2008   7:53:03 AM
  • 76
    Fortunately, these are not something I am pulled to in the malls. - 12/1/2008   7:51:18 AM
  • 75
    I have a thing for the pecan version of the Cinnabon, but those clock in at 1,100 calories. Every now and then, not very often, I get one anyway, knowing full well that it represents a good sized chunk of my daily intake. Fortunately, they're at least filling, and it's a long time before I'm hungry again. - 11/30/2008   10:37:22 PM
  • 74
    In answer to your question - no, but sometimes I just want something like that. - 11/30/2008   10:31:37 PM

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