With the influx of chocolate eggs, bunnies, chickens, bilbies etc. set to happen this weekend, we at B2B HQ, know the struggles that can surround making the wisest health choices over the long weekend. So, to help us (and hopefully you!), we called on Chris Nelson from Anytime Fitness for the low-down on guilt-free Easter eating.
Full disclosure: some of this is hard to hear *steps away from the bag of crème eggs*
Without sounding like ‘that guy,’ I am constantly amazed how few people think about how many calories can be found in something their eating vs. the amount of exercise required to it burn off. As much as ignorance can be bliss, over the long weekend it is important to be aware of your indulgences and, occasionally, ask yourself ‘is it worth it?’
To ensure you don’t experience the post-chocolate binge low on Monday, I’ve broken down the most common Easter eggs and the level of exercise you would need to do to burn off those excess calories.
Are you ready? Are you sure? Here goes…
Cadbury Crème Egg (39g)
Cadbury Easter Egg Milk Chocolate (105g)
Cadbury Crunchie Bunny (170g)
Lindt Gold Bunny Red Ribbon, Milk Chocolate (100g)
Lindt Gold Bunny Red Ribbon, Dark Chocolate (100g)
Assuming I’ve still got your attention, lets break this down into exercise vs the egg intake.
The average person burns between 12 and 15 calories per minute completing every personal trainer’s favourite exercise – the burpee. Now, I love a good burpee session as much as the next personal trainer, however running and walking is a lot more realistic for people, and this burns just a touch less, with running burning 8 to 12 calories and walking a little bit less than that per minute.
I will let you do the math on intake vs output required to burn off the treat, but it’s highly possibly that Milk Chocolate Lindt Gold Bunny may not be worth the 35+ minutes of burpees!!
The good news
There are better options out there – you just have to look for them! My professional tip would be to always look at the sugar, fat and sodium content of each product, because the ‘low fat’ chocolate option isn’t always the best option. When choosing chocolate, the darker the better, as there are more heart-healthy benefits and antioxidants then its milky counterparts.
Even better, if you have access to personal trainer, nutritionist or dietitian seek advice from them.
I hope this helps and the burpees aren’t out in force too much post Easter long weekend, although I’ll be counting every single one I see.
Happy Easter and enjoy time with friend and family 😊