How much exercise does it take to burn off chocolate?

After surviving a CrossFit class, it’s easy to think you’ve burnt off a week’s worth of food in calories. But despite training hard we often overestimate how much we burn up, writes Ellie McInerney.

When adopting a healthier eating plan, the 80/20 rule can elevate your results. The 80/20 rule is in reference to physical results you can see in the mirror, with 80% of these results coming from diet. So despite hard training, what you eat is really what’s going to determine what you see. Essentially, it’s impossible to out-train a bad diet, which is why it’s super important to choose your snacks and sweets wisely.

According to the Australian Confectionary Industry Profile, we Aussies are a bunch of chocolate lovers, with chocolate being responsible for 59.9% of confectionery sales! What’s more interesting is that 75% of chocolate sales are actually purchased on impulse.

We can thank clever marketing for this. It’s nice that Nestle acknowledges we’re overworked by soothing our egos and encouraging us to have a break – and a KitKat at the same time. Thanks Nestle. Or how about that Milky Bar kid, with his sweet and innocent face smiling up at us as we unload our trolley at the cashiers? How can we resist? Well, you don’t always have to, as long as you’re equipped with the knowledge of what it will take to burn it off.

How to sweat off the sweet stuff

Knowing exactly how much exercise is required to burn off a chocolate bar will support you in making healthier choices. Balance is key when striving for your healthiest, happiest life and so it’s important to indulge sometimes. So if you’d like to have your cake and eat it too, here’s how to become a little savvy when it comes to sweating off the sweet stuff. Remember, even if they are ‘the lighter way to enjoy chocolate’ a bag of Maltesers will make the scales go up if you don’t burn them off!

The most effective ways to burn off an average 50g bar of chocolate range from powerwalking to surfing to skipping. If you’re looking for the fastest way to sweat off the chocolate calories, then have a try of the following:

  • 55 minutes of powerwalking
  • 65 minutes of surfing
  • 24 minutes of skipping
  • 35 minutes of bike riding
  • 27 minutes of jogging
  • 40 minutes of swimming
  • 62 minutes of dancing
  • 110 minutes of walking
  • 75 minutes of gardening
  • 44 minutes of boxing
  • 26 minutes of sand sprints

If you’re like me and you have a sweet tooth, there are some healthier alternatives in the ‘health food’ section of the supermarket. You can usually find brands that offer sugar-free options or even organic chocolate products. Although these will sometimes still contain sugar, you will find the nutritional labels are free of additives and preservatives and other nasty things you want to try and avoid.

Brands like LovingEarth offer beautiful quality chocolate alternatives that come in a range of different flavours like coconut, caramel and turkish delight – perfect for a gift or a treat for yourself!

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