Indulging in that fast food meal doesn't sound as good when you realise what you have to go through to shed the weight you'll put on. Working off a six-pack of chicken nuggets requires way more than an hour on the treadmill.
Green blog EcoSalon corralled a batch of popular fast food meals and snacks, analysed their nutrition content, then figured out just how hard you have to work to burn off calories after you've stuffed your face. For instance, you'd have to swim laps for more than two hours to compensate for the 620 calories packed into a Burger King double cheeseburger.
Not all the calorie-blasting ideas are drudgery — some are quite fun. The thing is, when you look at how long you'd have to do every day chores like cleaning or gardening just for the sake of having a bacon cheeseburger for lunch, suddenly it hardly seems worth it.
Re-roofing your house for a couple hours is one price you could pay for cramming a Carl's Jr Bacon Swiss Crispy Chicken Sandwich in your maw, and here's your penance for IHOP pancakes:
110 calories and 3 grams of fat per dessert pancake, and 230 calories and 58 grams of fat per two ounces of syrup. So if you layer up the pancakes, you're looking at about 790 calories. But no worries. If you bicycle like a rabid hamster – or, roughly 20 mph – you can burn it off in 45 minutes. And possibly win the Tour De France. Look out, Lance Armstrong!
We're not suggesting you should never indulge — you actually do need calories to survive, after all — but if you're looking for some motivation to avoid an unhealthy meal, EcoSalon's post puts an unhealthy fast food meal in perspective. Hit up the post for more, then share your best and most fun fat burning tips in the comments. Thanks, Sara!