Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Is it worth it? Here's what that midday bag of munchies really costs you.
Lusting after that candy bar or bag of chips from the cafeteria vending machine? Would you give in to temptation if you knew you'd have to log 30 minutes o n the elliptical to negate what you ate?
That's what researchers wanted to find out when they posted signs informing would-be snackers on the "price," or exercise equivalent, of their late-afternoon nibble or drink. Participants who read that it would take 50 minutes of jogging to cancel out a soda were half as likely to purchase sugary drinks as when they hadn't seen a sign. Posting calorie counts alone has not been as effective. But translating those numbers into real-life activities might get people to change their choices.
Here, some facts and figures to keep in mind the next time you feel a snack attack coming on. (Calorie burns based on a 145-pound woman.)
Cheese flavored crackers - 180 calories per 1.25oz. bag = 26 minutes of leisurely bicycling.
Gummy fruit snacks - 260 calories per 2.25oz. bag = 25 minutes of stair-climbing.
Peanut butter sandwich crackers - 220 per 6-pack = 76 minutes of hatha yoga.
Chocolate and nut trail mix - 160 calories per 1-oz. bag = 17 minutes of jumping jacks.
Animal cracker cookies - 120 per 2.12oz. bag = 35 minutes of surfing.
Coated chocolate candies - 240 calories per 1.69oz. bag = 60 minutes of walking.
Honey-roasted peanuts - 250 calories per 1.38oz. bag = 31 minutes of jogging.
Corn chips - 160 calories per 1oz. bag = 20 minutes of swimming.
Milk chocolate - 210 calories per 1.5oz. bar = 28 minutes of hip-hop dancing.
Sour cream and onion chips - 160 calories per 1oz. bag = 46 minutes of strength training.
Adapted from Shape Magazine