October is here, and that means a celebration of all things pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls, costumes, hayrides, haunted houses, you name it.
It also means candy — lots, and lots of candy. And whether you have kids or not, there’s a very high likelihood you’re going to encounter it this time of year.
But before you pop those fun-size Twix bars or miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups into your mouth without a thought, consider what they mean for your overall goals. To put things in perspective, lets find out just how much exercise you’d actually have to put in to burn off those teeny weenie bars of seemingly insignificant extra calories.
We rounded up some of the most common “fun size” candy bars handed out at Halloween — and examples of workouts you’d have to do to work off all that extra sugar.
(Values are based on a 150-pound person.)
It may not seem like much, but remember, we’re talking about ONE “Fun size” candy here. And once you start eating Halloween candy, it can be tough to stop. Before you know it, you’ve downed 11 pieces and have to commit to hours of intense work just to re-balance your caloric intake/energy output for the day.
If that sounds a bit unrealistic, that’s because it is! [Edited to add] Many influencers in the health industry would like you to believe that exercise is the key to weight-loss and that you can “burn off” your nutritional pitfalls. But unfortunately, that’s not really how it works. The truth is that no amount of exercise can ever compensate for a poor diet. Losing weight is 90% what you eat. So the sooner we learn to eat healthfully and view exercise simply as a time of stress-relief, building muscle, and sculpting our new healthier body, rather than a way to earn more calories to consume or “undo” overeating, the better. Instead, focus on eating healthy, portion-controlled meals that aid in a natural weight loss*. Diet-to-Go’s four menus are tasty, nutritious and will keep you full, making it that much easier to say no to all that candy.
What’s your favorite Halloween candy — the one’s that’s definitely worth a splurge — and what are your tips for resisting the REST of the Halloween candy bowl?
* Weight loss results may vary. Results not guaranteed.
Author: Caitlin Hendee
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.