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How Far Would I Have To Walk To Burn It Off?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I've known for a long time that I can never exercise enough to eat whatever I want. Not remotely possible.

But an article in today's Toronto Star really brings that home. And it says that the most effective food labelling indicates not just the food's fat/carb/vitamin nutritional content or how many calories it contains or how much time I'd need to exercise to burn it off. Effective food labelling indicates just how far I'd have to walk. How many miles to burn off that egg, or that Big Mac, or whatev.

Recognizing just how much effort it takes to burn off the calories?

Yeah, I think that would do it all right!

One doughnut, 4.4 km? (about 3 miles)

That Big Mac with fries and a Coke, 22 km? (about 15 miles)

Yikes!! Not thinking the fast food places want to post those distances any time soon!! Because I'd be reaching for a "shorter distance" food more often, for sure!!

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/5/2013 12:11AM

    emoticon for sharing!

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CELIAMINER 4/4/2013 5:31PM

    Yes, you and Brooklyn_Born do seem to be on the same wavelength. I can see that given my fondness for excellent food, very good beer (no Bud swill) and fine wine, I need to walk a whole lot more.
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DONNACFIT 4/4/2013 3:08PM

    Great blog... emoticon emoticon

I don't think I want to take a donut for a

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M77355 4/3/2013 11:41PM

    You're so right! That would work for me!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/3/2013 7:07PM

    That way of listing it does make you think! Good point. Thanks.

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CARRAND 4/3/2013 6:52PM

    I would love to have this information on food labels! I'm sure it would suppress my appetite.

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LJR4HEALTH 4/3/2013 6:36PM

    Very interesting I think I would do great if the labels stated how much exercise was need to burn off those calories

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MANDELOVICH 4/3/2013 12:53PM

    Yikes indeed!!

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DESERTJULZ 4/3/2013 9:20AM

    Wouldn't that be interesting, if they had to post a distance or amount of time exercising to burn off their food!?

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JODROX 4/3/2013 8:57AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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KANOE10 4/3/2013 8:32AM

    That was interesting. I think it would be a good deterrent for fast food junkies! People could walk miles to male up for food.

Thanks for sharing!

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SADWHITEWOLF 4/3/2013 8:23AM

    I think it is a healthy way of looking at things and I want to start gearing my brain in that direction.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/3/2013 8:13AM

    OMG! Are we on the same wavelength or what! I hadn't read this when I posted my blog this morning - "One chocolate cookie per mile"

I'm going to edit mine to include a link to this.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/3/2013 8:12AM

    My local McDonalds, where we occasionally stop for two Senior Coffees ($1.58) while running errands, has all the calorie counts listed next to the items on the menu board.

I would say that for most people in my corner of the universe, it doesn't make one iota of difference. Many are still downing a 1,000 calorie lunch while being 100+ pounds overweight!

Just like warning labels on cigarettes don't stop people from smoking. They have to be ready to quit or just die.

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NANCY- 4/3/2013 8:08AM

    I went to a a place that had posted the calories along with the price, that certain helped me make better choices, the head overruled the desire.

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KALIGIRL 4/3/2013 8:07AM

    This is so COOL! Sharing with my 3D friends - emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/3/2013 7:56AM

    Fast food so often equates with fast fat, it is just not worth it. Thanks Ellen, hope all is going well with you and your family.

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PHEBESS 4/3/2013 2:38AM

    A lot of cafes and fast food places here in Australia label food items in kilojules - it's very helpful, and definitely makes me think twice. (Approx 4 kilojules per calorie, so just divide by 4.) Prevents me from buying pastry at McDonalds!

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NUOVAELLE 4/3/2013 1:47AM

    That would be a great addition to the nutritional labels! It could turn us either into more conscious eaters or into marathoners!
Either way, the results would be definitely good.
Thank you for another great article.

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_LINDA 4/3/2013 1:23AM

    The old saying (around here anyway) nothing tastes as good as thin feels :P
Yes, you really do have to work hard to get it off and keep it off. I like the idea what you would have to do to burn it off. Would be a wake up call for people who think ten minutes of exercise gives them the right to scarf a favorite sweet treat.
Thanks for sharing!
You have obviously worked out your own personal formula for keeping it off you Rockstar Maintainer you!! Keep up the great work!

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BOOKAPHILE 4/3/2013 12:30AM

    You find the best articles! That's a very helpful way to think about convenience and fast foods. They certainly wouldn't be very often on my plate. Yikes, indeed!

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MESEATURTLE 4/2/2013 10:49PM

    Totally great way to think about this........thank u!!!

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DALID414 4/2/2013 10:46PM

    I'd eat the shorter distance foods too.

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CRYSTALJEM 4/2/2013 10:32PM

    Excellent point! I think I would too.

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LJCANNON 4/2/2013 10:20PM

    emoticon That would be Great Information!! Probably will never happen though!!

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PHOENIX1949 4/2/2013 9:41PM

    Enjoyed thinking about this perspective. I remember years ago when reading "Your Money or Your Life" by Joe Doninguez & Vicki Robin and following their exercise to compute my 'real' hourly take home from my salary (eye-opening), then using this to compute whether or not an expense was worth trading that much of my life for it - sure helped prioritize things for me.

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PSCRONCE 4/2/2013 9:28PM

  Wow, those numbers would be eye openers! I'll never eat a hamburger and fries again. emoticon

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RITACOMPU 4/2/2013 9:27PM

  wow ...that is a huge eye opener...thanks for sharing that

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NITTINNANA 4/2/2013 9:27PM

    You are so right!

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