Here comes one of America’s favorite holidays, Halloween, and with it here comes endless amounts of candy, and calories. For most people there is no thought of the effects that each piece of candy has on their bodies. But for those of us who are working toward a weight loss goal, each piece of candy can mean extra work.
How much work though. The top candy companies do a really good job at making individually wrapped candies that seem to not be enough to have large amounts of sugar and calories, but this assumption is where people go wrong. Looking at the major types of candy we can see that in reality even one piece of Halloween candy can set our weight loss goals back, and who really just eats one piece?
But let’s get more into this, exactly how many calories are in one of these “innocent” bite size pieces of candy? Ten? Twenty? Fifty? Actually most have any were from seventy to one hundred calories per piece. A peanut butter cup has one hundred calories; a fun size bag of M&Ms also has one hundred calories. A bite size Milky Way, seventy five calories. A fun size Butterfinger has eighty five calories.
Now what does this mean, for our goals? Is a one hundred calorie treat really going to set you back that much? Yes it is. Let’s put this into terms us fitness buffs can understand. BURPEES!!! A 140 pound person would have to do around ninety burpees to burn off one peanut butter cup, or one bag of M&Ms. But, what if you don’t do burpees. A 150 pound person would have to do jumping jacks for 20 min to burn 100 calories.
Ninety burpees, or twenty minutes of jumping jacks for one piece of candy? What if you ate two or three or more, you would have to have the cardio of a marathon runner or a professional MMA fighter just to keep up with all those calories.
So if you plan on snacking on candy this Halloween, and you don’t want it to set back your weight loss goals, then bust out your gym shoes and your yoga pants or gym shorts and hope you have enough stamina to burn off all those treats. Or have a healthy meal and keep your hands out of the candy bowl.
Happy Halloween, From your fitness trainer,