Let’s Talk About Exercise Equivalents and Calorie-Counting

//Let’s Talk About Exercise Equivalents and Calorie-Counting

Often, you would see health posts on Facebook where they would show the type of exercise you would have to do in order to burn a regular order of French fries at your favorite fast-food chain.

When you spend some time at the gym or if you are surrounded by people who are health-conscious, there’s a high chance you are also aware of counting the calories of whatever food you have. With this, you can decide or budget the number of calories you would be spending throughout the day. However, it isn’t that easy. 

What you can also do is to note how much exercise and what kind will you be doing so you can counter or shed off the calories from the food. 

For example, you intend to only have 1800 calories on a daily basis. During breakfast, you calculated about 400 calories. For lunch, you wanted to spend 900 calories for it – which seems too much, but since you already know how many calories you have remaining for the day, you will be able to budget it anyway. 

From a different perspective, do you think you can make this decision pretty easily if you had to compute the number of hours you have to be spending on a treadmill to burn off the 900 calories you had for lunch? Perhaps that would not be the case. 

In research conducted at Texas Christian University, they tested this idea with 300 participating students around the dining halls on their campus. The participants get one of three differing menus. They had the same food and drink items such as burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, desserts, soda, and water. One menu did not have any calorie information for each item, the other menu only had the number of calories per item, while the last menu indicated the kind of exercise they had to do to burn the calories in each of the items. An example of exercise equivalent is brisk walking for 50 minutes to burn the calories from a single serving of onion rings. 

The participants who got the calorie count from their menu ate about the same number of calories as the participants who didn’t have information on their menu. Meaning, when the participants were provided with the number of calories it really did not make much of a difference when it comes to their food choice. On the other hand, participants who were provided with exercise equivalents were the ones who made careful food choices and they also consumed fewer calories. 

So, after finding out about this, let me ask you: would you behave differently if you were to see exercise equivalents when consuming your calories? 

Let me tell you that Calorie-counting is not the sole solution to lose excess weight. Its burdernsome for someone to keep counting calories.

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2020-03-03T10:19:14+00:00By |Wellness|0 Comments

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