Tis the season to be gluttonous with sodium filled meals and sugary treats, both of which contribute to a horrifying fact we learned just recently: Most Americans on average gain one to three pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, and most of us never lose it.
Wow that’s 3 lbs. of potential weight gain a year and that doesn’t even include the 4th of July, Memorial and Labor Day weekends, which also includes gluttonous food and alcohol.
But don’t fret, we’ve put together some tips to help you better deal with that Christmas ham and candy yams YUMMY right:
Well its possible to enjoy the holidays without gaining weight and without giving up your favorite grub. How you ask? Basic math, its easy, you just need to burn more calories than you take in. By conscientiously burning off every single calorie you take in, you’ll be able to indulge but you’ll have to put in some work. How much work you ask? Below, you’ll find some holiday favorites with their average number of calories, and the amount of exercise required to break even. That’s right if you want to eat like a champ, you’ll need to exercise like one too.
All the Chocolates in Your Kid’s Advent Calendar: 550 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: One hour of stair climbing, at 575 calories per hour.
Added benefit: This exercise also helps create great glutes, otherwise known as steel buns.
Santa’s Milk-and-Cookies: 775 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: One hour and 45 minutes of aerobics, at 450 calories per hour.
Added benefit: Doing aerobics also strengthens your heart and lungs, so you can comfortably run to the store for more milk and cookies.
A Box of Candy Canes: 900 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: One hour of intense treadmill running, at 900 calories per hour.
Added benefit: Running on a treadmill can help lower your blood pressure, which lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease.
Two Helpings of Christmas Dinner: 1,750 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: Three and a half hours of stationary bicycling, at 500 calories per hour.
Added benefit: Exercise on a stationary bike, encourages the body to secrete feel-good hormones (like endorphins and serotonin), which induce a state of well-being.
Ten Mixed Drinks at the Office Holiday Party: 1,500 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: Three hours of cross-country skiing, at 500 calories per hour.
Added benefit: Using ski poles also strengthens your biceps, triceps and forearms so its good for your drinking arm.
A Carton of Eggnog: 3,450 calories
The Amount of Exercise Required to Burn It Off: Six hours of pickup basketball, at 575 calories per hour.
Added benefit: If you’re into shooting hoops, this exercise will feel more like fun than labor. It’s a full body workout that allows you to sweat out all of the eggnog and alcohol.
Bonus Exercise for any Foods not Mentioned: A bonus exercise, is sex. Yes sex, which can burn up 40 calories per hour. It also prevents wrinkles and is a great way to look and feel younger.
Added benefit: Couples who have sex three or more times a week appear on average 10 years younger than their actual age. This is due to the fact that orgasms trigger the release of estrogen, which improves hair and skin health.
Now that you’re armed with this information, let’s get our eat on lol. Happy Holidays.