Easter weight gain

The Easter buns and chocolate eggs have been visible since January and with Easter just a week away, the lure of sweet treats may be becoming just too hard to bear. If though, you are hoping to survive the long holiday weekend without gaining a couple of kg to match, you do need to take control immediately.

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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         2 hrs of running
2 Caramello Eggs                                    500kJ        6g fat            15 min rowing
1 Crème Egg                                              718kJ        6g fat            45 min fast walking
100g Deluex 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            30min swimming
Large hot cross bun (with butter)     1200kJ       10g fat          30 minutes jogging
Choc chip hot cross bun                      1100kJ        9g fat            1 Zumba class



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