Avoiding the Easter weight gain



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The Easter buns and chocolate eggs have been visible since early January and with Easter just a few weeks away, the lure of sweet treats may be becoming just too hard to bear. If though, you are hoping to survive the long holiday avoiding the Easter weight gain, you do need to take control immediately.

First of all, try, try, try to not indulge until it is actually Easter which means that that bag of tiny eggs you have in your desk drawer needs to go into the rubbish, right now! Considering that a that a single, small milk chocolate bunny has the equivalent number of calories that it would take an hour of treadmill running to burn off, the little bunny may suddenly seem far less attractive.

Unfortunately those little eggs are not much better either with just three mini Easter eggs containing more than 500kJ and let’s be honest, who can stop at three? Generally speaking, once we open a packet, we eat the packet. The same can be said for Easter buns – a traditional small Easter bun contains just 600kJ compared to the mega chocolate chip varieties that now inundate our stores which contain more than 1000kJ, and that is without the butter. More importantly, trying to hold off these tempting treats until Good Friday is an even better idea.

Where possible, look for portion controlled treats – small individual eggs rather than an entire bag of minis and a packet of buns to share rather than just to keep at home. Remember when it comes to food, especially sweet foods, if they are there you will want to eat them so the fewer Easter treats you keep at home, the better. Finally but perhaps more importantly, go for quality over quantity. Enjoy a social Easter feast with plenty of good food and a small amount of good quality chocolate, and use the extra holiday days to embrace your training program to make sure that you survive Easter without a couple of extra kg to boot.

Still looking for chocolate? Once you translate your Easter calories into workout unit the treats may no longer seem so appealing.

Eggs Selection                                           kJ                    Fat                    Exercise units

200g Easter Bunny                                3740kJ             50g fat              2hrs of running
2 Caramello Eggs                                     500kJ               6g fat               15 min rowing
1 Crème Egg                                              718kJ               6g fat               45 min fast walking
100g Delux Bunny                                 2270kJ             33g fat                2 cycle classes
3 mini eggs                                               560kJ             7.5g fat              15 min skipping
Small hot cross bun (no butter)            600kJ               2g fat              30 min swimming
Large hot cross bun with butter          1200kJ             10g fat             30 min jogging
Choc chip hot cross bun                        1100kJ               9g fat               1 Zumba class



1 Comment

  • Great post Susie, it’s hard to avoid the temptation especially with kids around and Easter bunny must come. So far I have kept the house Easter egg free and it will remain like that until Saturday I think.

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