Guest post: Chriss Tinslay on to Halloween or not to Halloween!

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I don’t know about you, but my social media news feed has been filled with Halloween posts lately. Costume ideas, decorations, tricks and lots of “treat” suggestions.

Along with the above, I have also seen a few of the below images…

you ate it negate it pros and cons

This image is driving me a little nuts to be perfectly honest. I know that the sharers of this image are trying to be helpful, but I’m not so sure if its helping or making things more confusing.

Here is my Pro’s and Con’s list.


1. I think the image encourages people to become more calorie aware (hopefully not obsessive) of the foods they are consuming.

On the whole I think this is a good thing. There can be a lot of calories in one little sweet package and it usually takes a lot more time and effort to burn off any EXTRA calories than we might think.   ** The important word here is extra!


1. We burn a lot of calories each day by simply living and going about our daily activities.

If the calories from a sweet treat fit into our daily calorie “budget”, there is no need to do extra activity to burn it off. It is only if we eat more (extra) calories than our body uses, that we need to concern ourselves with doing extra activity to burn them off.

I talk about it in full HERE!

Oh, and it doesn’t matter what food source those extra calories come from. Over eating healthy calories is still over eating and will result in us gaining weight.

2. Different people burn up different amounts of calories when doing the exact same exercise.


Sally, who is 60kg needs almost double the time to burn off a Kit Kat, than Harold, who weighs 110kg.

Mad Mary (who boxes with passion and intensity), burns up more calories than Mild Mavis (who chats the whole time and simply goes through the motions). Even if they both box for the same amount of time.

See also: What’s the best exercise for weight loss?

3. To me the image sets up the impression that food is a reward and exercise is punishment. Neither of which is true or helpful.

I would love for people to exercise because they love their body and it deserves to be treated well. Not to punish it for eating something that wasn’t “on plan”.

Action steps

Become calorie aware (not obsessive) of how many calories you are consuming and how many you are burning
Exercise because you love your body and it deserves to be treated well
Fill most of your nutrition plan with fresh whole foods
Enjoy a small treat food every now and then with no guilt

About the author – Christine Tinslay

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 5.53.15 PMWith almost 20 years experience, Chriss Tinslay is one of Australia’s leading Personal Trainers.

Chriss fell into the fitness and personal training industry almost by accident back in 1994, starting as a receptionist at the local gym she attended and loved.

She never looked back. Thriving in the role and going on to become qualified and registered as a Master Trainer with Fitness Australia. Chriss has now helped 1000′s of people transform their bodies and lives.

She has appeared in the biggest loser DVD series, Mornings with Kerri-Anne and has written her first short book “20 fat loss mistakes and how to avoid them”.

Knowing that exercise is only one aspect of health and fat loss, Chriss now runs regular fat loss workshops, both online and off, teaching people how to look and feel their BEST, without it taking over their whole lives.

When Chriss is not working, you can find her hanging out with her husband Adam and their beautiful daughter Holly. She loves walking her dog Timmy, reading, listening to daggy 80′s music and networking with other like minded business women.

I believe that fitness and fat loss should fit into your life, NOT the other way around. It should be fun and fulfilling, not about struggle and sacrifice and pain.
If you don’t feel AWESOME at the end of your session – you are doing it all wrong”.

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