Halloween/Holiday Munchies…Tricks or Treats???
by Michael Klamut
Well it’s that time of the year again; where all the candy and holiday treats start to find their way into our homes. We have all battled with the conflicts of holiday treats, but have we really given much thought to how much work we must put in to offset our “extra” holiday food consumptions? Let’s start with the obvious. Halloween is quickly approaching, and it’s only a matter of time before these candies end up in our lunch bags, homes, and bellies. Let’s take a look at some of the nutritional values of some of our favorite candies and the number of steps needed to burn these calories off:
(1 Calorie = 20 Steps)
Hershey Kisses 1 Piece = 25 Calories — 500 Steps
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (Mini) 1 Piece = 44 Calories — 880 Steps
Skittles (Fun Size) 1 Packet = 61 Calories — 1220 Steps
3 Musketeers (Fun Size) 1 Piece = 63 Calories — 1260 Steps
Kit Kat (Fun Size) 1 2-Bar Piece = 70 Calories —1400 Steps
Nestle Crunch (Fun Size) 1 Piece = 70 Calories — 1400 Steps
M&M’S (Fun Size) 1 Packet = 70 Calories —1400 Steps
Snickers, Milky Way, Butterfinger, etc.(fun size) 1 Piece = ~ 80 Calories —1600 Steps
Twix (Fun Size) 1 Piece = 80 Calories —1600 Steps
Jelly Beans 11 Pieces = 160 Calories — 3200 Steps
Full Size Candy Bar 1 Bar = ~ 275 Calories —5500 Steps
Wow! These candies can really pack on the pounds in a hurry. Once you can finally see how many extra calories you are consuming, it is pretty easy to understand where the “ Holiday ” extra pounds come from. No one is saying that you can’t enjoy some of your past time favorites, just be smart about it. Giving into temptations around the holidays can definitely be a struggle, and can also be a huge setback to your nutritional goals.
Candy, sweets, candy, sweets, it’s everywhere. So what do you do if you decide to give into your cravings? Always try and keep your serving sizes small, and try to do a little more physical activity. It’s gorgeous outside this time of year. Get out and take longer walks, rake leaves, wash your car(s), prepare your house for winter. Just get out there and do something. After reviewing the nutritional values of some treats, one can see that there is a huge cost and price to pay for indulging in these sugary foods. “Bite Size,” and “Fun Size” servings are actually “Monstrous” amounts of empty calories. Keep a level head, and if you must give into the temptations, just be prepared to work extra hard in the workouts ahead to get yourself back on track. Until Then…
…Stay Strong, Stay True,
2011 Lean Body Challenge Grand Champion
About the Author
Michael Klamut was the 2011 Lean Body Challenge Grand Champion. Mike is a United States Air Force veteran who works as a Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray Tech) during the day, and is a busy husband and father of two during the night. Mike entered his first bodybuilding competition and took 1st place in his Novice weight class (Middleweight) and Novice Overall. He takes great pride in helping others with their fitness goals and hopes to inspire and motivate everyone he comes into contact with. Mike is looking forward to helping all Labrada Nutrition fans reach their personal goal(s) and hopes to help them conquer any obstacle(s) that stands in their way.
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