How To Burn Off The Calories Of Your Favorite Foods.


Now that chain restaurant menus list how many calories are in each dish, it’s harder to justify eating certain foods anymore (we’re talking to you, 460-calorie scone from Starbucks). But a study, presented by Texas Christian University researchers at the Experimental Biology meeting in April 2013, found that people make even healthier choices if, instead of seeing the calorie count, they’re shown how much exercise it takes to burn off what they’re considering eating.

Maybe one day, menus will list how many minutes you’ll need to log on the rowing machine to erase that scone (48 minutes with vigorous effort, for the record). Until then, here’s a quick guide for you (all calorie calculations are based on a 140-pound woman):


One single cheeseburger at 343 calories = 30 minutes of vigorous freestyle laps in the pool


One medium-sized bagel at 289 calories + 1 oz of cream cheese at 97 calories = 2 hours and 15 minutes of yoga

Cheese Pizza

One slice of cheese pizza at 285 calories = 50 minutes of walking at a brisk pace (that means 4 mph on the treadmill

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Two chocolate chip cookies at 155 calories = 15 minutes on the stair climber


Two tostadas with guacamole at 360 calories = 2 hours of Pilates

Tuna Salad Sub

One tuna salad sub at 584 calories = 45 minutes of running at a 9-minute-mile pace


One 12-oz can of regular soda at 136 calories = 20 minutes of cross-country (i.e. backcountry) hiking

Oat Bran Muffin

One medium-size oat bran muffin (113 grams) at 305 calories = 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer


One 12-oz light beer at 103 calories = 30 minutes of bowling