Burn It Off: How Much Walking to Undo a Doughnut?

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/21/2008 6:33 AM   :  165 comments

You know the situation all too well. After eating a healthy breakfast at home, you arrive at the office, only to face a box full of fresh doughnuts brought in by a co-worker. They look good. They smell good. Everyone is enjoying them except you. And even though you're not hungry, you don't want to be the odd one out. "I've been so diligent tracking my calories, staying away from tempting sweets, and hitting the gym," you tell yourself. How much damage could one strawberry frosted doughnut really do? Find out how many minutes of brisk walking you'd have to do at the office to undo that doughnut.

Your average strawberry frosted doughnut contains about 240 calories (not too bad) and 10 grams of fat (ouch!). That's not exactly a caloric nightmare—as long as you limit yourself to just one. (And we all know how hard it can be to stop once you get started.)

According to SparkPeople.com's Fitness Tracker, a 150-pound woman who walks briskly at a 15-minute mile pace (4 mph) will burn 5 calories per minute. To burn off the doughnut you'd have to walk around the office (at this quick pace) for 48 minutes, which is just over 3 miles!

When you think of food "extras" in this light, it can make it easier to stick with your healthy eating plan.

Personally, I'd have to really (I mean REALLY) be craving a doughnut in order to put in this extra exercise time.

How about you?


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  • 165
    Personally I think 48 min of brisk walking is not that bad, I'll do it even if I didn't ate the doughnut LOL - 6/20/2012   9:18:29 AM
  • 164
    The realization hit me hard when I first started Spark. I would track my calories, then hop on the treadmill and realize it took 30 MINUTES to undo a 300 calorie item. Just doesn't seem right somehow. But it made it clear to me that we have to THINK about what we are eating. I indulge....but now I make sure to work it into my calories and as long as I'm not over for the day and I'm maintaining my high level of activity, I'm A-OK with it. - 6/7/2011   1:13:12 PM
  • 163
    That's a lot of walking to UNDO something. That's why I've learned to be the odd man out.. I learned how to say no to treats and now people don't bother with insisting :) - 6/4/2011   1:11:24 PM
  • 162
    I used to eat a freshly-made jam filled donut every market day as a treat, because my partner & our little guy loved them.
    I stopped that a few years ago, can buy it for them occasionally, but not for me...
    Then, 2 weeks ago I was sold on buying a bakers dozen at the end of market... OMG - I ate 3 of those 13 donuts! I totally regret it. The taste was awesome, but I could feel the grease in my pores. I will remember this and say no thank you next time.
    - 4/22/2011   11:50:59 PM
  • 161
    Okay, I'm still learning/newbie....the heavier a person is, do they burn more or less calories? I certainly cannot move as fast as a 150 pound person. so how to you figure that one out. (Not that i need to - just curious!)
    - 4/22/2011   11:49:24 AM
  • SUNNYSOULSF
    160
    My first job was in a donut shop and for years after that I couldn't eat a donut or an eclair. But now 30 years have past and I have been enjoying the occassional donut. This makes me think....it is alot easier not to eat it than it is to work it off! - 8/17/2010   2:42:58 PM
  • 159
    If I pause and think, I'll usually end up passing. My problem is not taking the time to think . . . - 8/11/2010   2:55:37 PM
  • 158
    I eat French Crullers. Donuts give me indigestion. I must look this up for calories.
    206...maybe 2 miles at a fast pace? For a doe doe, hmmm makes you think twice. - 4/8/2010   6:52:19 AM
  • GOODNORM
    157
    For some really great low-fat donuts, visit www.holeydonuts.net - 4/7/2010   1:46:00 PM
  • 156
    Most of the people I am around on a day-to-day basis already know better than to offer me things like doughnuts. It's the backlash from my Weight Watchers POINTS days, when I would stress about my POINTS all day long and then feel murderous because I'd been thinking about food all day without being able to eat it. Give me good old fashioned calorie counting any day. - 11/30/2009   11:13:52 PM
  • 155
    I live where Krispy Kreme doughnuts rule. I better stick with eating just one glaze and that is only for a special occassion. - 11/29/2009   12:04:47 PM
  • STEPHANIELEE13
    154
    Oh my gosh that's alot.... people bring them to work every now and then and they look so good... - 11/6/2009   12:10:32 AM
  • 153
    is this a yeast donut or a cake donut? I love cake donuts. yeast, not so much. last time i had a donut was on Easter. was a delicious donut indeed! - 8/30/2009   5:22:55 PM
  • 152
    OMG! I ate a doughnut yesterday because I wasn't thinking and just started eating it and then was like OH NO! when I was done....ugh that's what I did to myself. That is so bad! and it was a frosted coconut cream filled one too so it was probably worse!! - 8/4/2009   1:41:17 AM
  • JENNIFERD2008
    151
    Sitting here without any doughnuts in front of me I can say that it is not worth 3 miles of walking to burn off the calories....but until we are in a situation where they are THERE in the breakroom calling our name, we really don't know how we will react. However, armed with the knowledge of this information, hopefully we will make the healthy choice!! - 3/2/2009   5:39:59 PM
  • 150
    I had our "Happy Friday" dough nuts every week at the office when I started working at this job. However 6 months into my job I noticed that I had gained 2 pounds every month... Thats 12 pounds! I have a new policy that I strictly enforce when I'm at the office. If I didn't buy it, I can't eat it! I've since lost 5 of the 12 pounds so something has to be working! - 2/23/2009   9:17:00 AM
  • 149
    I LOVE donuts, but after reading this, 3 miles just seems like too much for me just to give in to 1 donut! What happens when you go even farther and eat 2? whoo! Just not worth it! Thanks for the info. I'll keep this in mind the next time I have my craving... - 2/22/2009   6:44:26 PM
  • 148
    I can't turn down a doughnut! I know it's an unfortunate weakness, but if someone is going to bring doughnuts to class, I am going to eat one. I usually try to hold off as long as I can (so it's not RIGHT after breakfast) and then I just plan to lighten my afternoon snack to "make up" for some of the calories. They're a special treat, and I certainly don't let myself in to the doughnut shop on my own free will anymore, but when they're celebration doughnuts I figure I deserve it from time to time. - 2/20/2009   6:51:59 PM
  • 147
    Oh donuts always get me when they are around. I had 4 this week and that is part of the reason why I only lost one pound this week! lol - 2/20/2009   6:50:20 PM
  • DRLEB25
    146
    This is why, when I feel I can't live without something like a donut for one more minute, I get the French Cruller from Dunkin Donuts...it costs a dollar and has 150 calories, so it's not so bad. It's so airy! lol...nutritionally, not good, but when you really really need one, it's good for satisfying the craving.
    (For some reason, the website says 250, but all the stores list it as 150...hmm) - 1/26/2009   10:28:26 PM
  • 145
    it is easier to just not eat one - 1/8/2009   1:30:43 PM
  • 144
    I love doughnuts, but not that much to do all that walking.

    LOL - 1/7/2009   5:08:02 PM
  • 143
    Thank goodness the only doughnuts I have trouble resisting are the jelly kind - and most offices I've worked in never have that type! 3 miles for a few moments of sugary goodness is just not worth it. - 1/7/2009   12:17:49 PM
  • 142
    I started a new job 3 months ago, and there are always doughnuts and sweets sitting around, smelling so great!!! It is a horrible temptation. - 11/29/2008   6:18:31 PM
  • 141
    HUMMMMM Donut :^) I"m not often taken in by sweets - I'm more of a sour cherry pie kinda girl - I get sugar free pie from Walmart - Thery're awesome if you need a small "treat". B - 11/29/2008   12:00:05 PM
  • 140
    Is there a hidden camera in my office? Someone brought doughnuts in for a project team. I had just finished breakfast. But an hour later, I was eating a pumpkin doughnut. Why? It was there no excuse I know but the truth. I can't be around sweets, I can't be around SWEETS!!!! - 11/26/2008   12:53:50 PM
  • 139
    I, honestly, haven't had a doughnut in years. I'm rarely around them. The same thing with cake. But as time has passed and I haven't had any to tempt the cravings go down. This week my friend had a birthday and I indulged in a peice of cake... and it didn't make me feel good. Now that's another association I have with sugary foods. Chocolate is my worse enemy and best friend, though. - 11/14/2008   4:08:21 PM
  • P30GRAVES
    138
    It's good to know the consequences of having a doughnut. It makes you weigh out exactly how bad you want it, and it's okay to have one every once in a while. (don't forget to do your 3mile walk to work it off) - 11/9/2008   4:57:24 PM
  • SBATES63
    137
    Long ago I realized that a donut shop donut wasn't yummy enough to be worth the calories eaten. And I am a confirmed sweet addict. However, one warm from the local bakery poses a real threat. - 11/5/2008   10:52:34 AM
  • SALADARTIST
    136
    I'm a reformed Dunkin Munchkin Daily addict so I can really relate to all of this! Just one little munchkin turned into 2, then 3 etc. and this went on for over a year. I still look at that tray of midget temptations every time and work at the decision to "stay clean." - 11/4/2008   11:38:09 AM
  • 135
    Wow...Its articles like this that really get me thinking about what food is worth it or not. I pass a Dunkin Donuts on the way to church and was trying to find a reason to stop for breakfast rather than eat at home...so glad I ate at home first. It is still difficult to drive past and talk yourself out of turning in each time...for just one :) - 11/3/2008   8:36:36 AM
  • 134
    I almost went to Dunkin Doughnuts after church this morning and after reading This I'm glad I did not. Getting Stronger day by day....................... Thank you for sharing all the comments and suggestions! - 11/2/2008   1:35:54 PM
  • 133
    A year ago or so I could mindlessly plow through a box of donuts - or at least most of it - any kind, any flavor, the "goo-ier" the better, didn't matter!! Now they don't have the same appeal to me and am so happy it's pretty easy to pass them up at work. I did eat a good sized bite of a fresh apple cider one last week - it's a fall thing here in Michigan - enjoyed the bite -- didn't eat anymore and life went on. - 11/2/2008   10:17:53 AM
  • 132
    I posted my new Mantra in one of my teams last month...so for you all here we go:

    "NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS THIN FEELS"

    apparently this was written years ago for WW, and I heard it on the biggest loser a couple of months ago. Remember it, live it ! - 11/2/2008   7:36:16 AM
  • MRSNIX
    131
    I passed up donuts twice this week at the office - and birthday cake. I'm finding that they tempt me less as I look at how my clothes are falling off now. I can't wait to get to my goal weight and buy all new clothes! - 11/1/2008   11:59:10 PM
  • 130
    Not one for donuts either, but it's always SOMEBODY's birthday and I get very self conscious about saying no. There's always food around but on these special occasions, it seems like eating food is socially mandatory. WHY? - 11/1/2008   10:40:29 PM
  • 129
    I feel bad for that poor 150 lb woman who can only burn 5 calories per minute with her brisk walking. I just did a brisk walk and according to my HRM, I burned 15.6 calories per minute (average). So I guess I'd only have to walk for 15-16 minutes to burn off the donut. But I'd probably still pass on it, because I'd rather save my calories for something I really, really want! - 11/1/2008   10:05:06 PM
  • 128
    I'd cut one in half and call it good. - 11/1/2008   1:41:27 PM
  • 127
    This is why it's a good idea to factor "discretionary calories" into my diet. If the donut counts for two servings of carbs, then maybe I only have to work off the extra 40 calories.

    I have thought of making a "How many minutes of ______ to work off ____________?" list for a TOPS chapter program, though. It could be a lot of fun! - 11/1/2008   12:18:04 PM
  • 126
    This is just an average, too - using my HRM, I know that it takes closer to four miles moving briskly with moderately high resistance on the elliptical to burn off 240 calories, and unless I wear a backpack, I need to walk at a brisk pace on steep hills for closer to 90 minutes to get to that point! Fortunately I don't care much for frosted doughnuts :) - 10/28/2008   5:07:41 AM
  • 125
    Thanks for this perspective - I will think twice the next time I'm tempted at the bakery counter. - 10/27/2008   12:48:10 PM
  • 124
    This gives me an idea: I should make a list of my "go-to" indulgence/binge/overdo foods and include not only the calories (etc.) but MINUTES of 15-min-mile walking they'll demand. That's a reality check that'll hit home with me.

    Thanks! :) - 10/25/2008   11:56:52 PM
  • MAKEOVERGAL
    123
    lol no thanks I think I will pass - 10/25/2008   4:35:53 PM
  • KSERRA_SERRA
    122
    Ouch!! I am SO glad I didn't get that doughnut I was eyeing at the gas station today. I think I might have to make a post it out of this one and leave it at my desk "Warning: That doughnut is gonna cost you 45 minutes tonight!" lol - 10/25/2008   3:14:40 PM
  • FUNKYPHANTOM
    121
    That's why I tend to flee the area when someone brings things like that into the office. Just yesterday, we had a surprise birthday party for one of my co-workers and they brought her lovely, lovely red velvet cake, hot wings, soda, pizza and chips. I stayed in the conference room; wished her a happy birthday and promptly fled the premises. It was a good thing that I had an appointment or I would have surely gave into temptation. - 10/25/2008   9:27:57 AM
  • 120
    sure i love donuts, like everything sweet :), but i don't eat them... whenever i want something sweet, i either pick a sweet fruit, like grapes, or... dark chocolate - mmm that's one thing i love and can indulge in from time to time... especially since it's got its advantages as well... - 10/24/2008   2:33:46 PM
  • 119
    #!@#% I should have read this yesterday. - 10/24/2008   1:24:06 PM
  • TAEBOKICK
    118
    i hate when i have a fiber packed breakfast at home- im ready to start a healthy day, and then BAM here i come to work with a box of donuts in my face!
    - heres what i do everyone- IF YOU WORK IN A OFFICE- TRY AND EAT YOUR BREAKFAST AT YOUR DESK :) It works for me- no temptations- im to busy eating my own breakfast! - 10/24/2008   1:03:36 PM
  • 117
    I am glad I do not crave donuts. At least for today I do not crave them - 10/23/2008   8:19:16 PM
  • TIMMYO
    116
    Yummmm, I love donuts !! - 10/23/2008   6:21:36 PM

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